Hello Bead Hoarders and welcome BSBP reveal on Jewelsofsayuri where I am showcasing my Tibetan Mosaic necklace. My partner this year is Dee Elgie of Cherry Obsidia. She is a glass bead maker and jewelry designer from UK and she sent me some lovely lampwork hearts for the hop. This particular BSBP (Bead soup Blog party) is all about giving atleast one bead/component that you hold dear to another. You can read all about the package that I sent her (which includes a super cool bookmark) and what she sent me in this goodies post here.
When I received the “hoarded hearts of Love” I wanted to pair them with a special component. I picked an enamel disc I had made last year at beadfest. It had gorgeous streaks of the same blue with red and dashes of golden copper. Red and blue is a color combination that I am extremely comfortable with, which made me assume that it was going to be a no brainer. I picked coordinating beads of red, blue and gold to go with the hearts. But when I put it together it looked really garish and unbalanced. So I put the beads away and went looking for any other interesting pendant or bead to use.
There was an old box of odd bits and bobs on my dining table. Strangely enough, when I looked through it I found this new Tibetan pendant that my mom had bought for me sometime back. Ironically this pendant is in red and blue too. When my mom gave it to me I put it away as I had no idea what to do it. Nonetheless, there it was, somehow fitting in with the hearts and the coated red glass cylinders I had rejected for the original design.
The pendant is a Tibetan style faux Micro mosaic pendant which uses tesserae of various (in this particular case, synthetic) materials. Authentic versions of micro mosaic pendants would have bits of coral and turquoise along with gold (or gold plated) outline. Though the technique of micro mosaic is said to date back to 3rd century BC, they became popular in the western world only in the 19th century.
I wanted to make a long necklace that could be worn with a saree as the pendant looked traditional. So I added bamboo corals, acrylic spacers, blue glass puffed ovals, blue inlay beads and some coated crystals to the mix. The hodgepodge of beads somehow came together in asymmetrical balance to create the necklace. also used a wire guardian in the center to help the wire hold the weight of the pendant. It still is a little loud for my taste (as the beads, spacers and pendant are all patterned) but it was interesting to get out of my comfort zone in that regard. There it is my Tibetan Mosaic necklace with lampwork hearts and a micro mosaic tribal pendant.
As a last minute addition, I also made earrings using the leftover hearts. I made paddle headpins out of wire and cut them flat and made simple earrings.
Dee had also sent me Hematite beads and clasps and I wanted to make another piece out of it. But I couldn’t do it as I am working on a lot of other projects at the moment. I am sure that it will be put to good use one day. So Thank you Dee for sending me these lovely hearts and thank you Lori for organising such a wonderful hop. Do check out what Dee made with the fish or the white hearts that I sent her on her pinterest board. Also hop around the blogs and pinterest boards of the hop and be prepared to be blown away by all that amazing creativity and inspiration.
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