Let's take our first few 'ingredients':
- Four ethnic medallions I had purchased a little while ago from Susanclare, a jewelry supply shop on Etsy. One features a mandala, one an image of a brahmin (Hindu priest), and two of what appears to be a seated Buddha.
- Vintage olive green plastic beads from Way To Bead, full of colourful flower cabochon and vintage surprises! These beads came in a strand of little geometric shapes with curved edges. Very versatile and I love the colour!
- Silver-plated curved chain from Tower of Leandros - and the chain selection is excellent! The riveted detail in this chain adds a great touch!
|Ethnic medallions from Susanclare|
|Vintage olive green plastic beads from Way To Bead|
|Silver-plated chain from Tower of Leandros|
These necklaces turned out quite nicely; I wanted to make these necklaces with inspirations of nature and serenity, using earth tone colours and natural materials.
Namaste necklace, no. 1: I used black-stained shell chips on eye pins hooked along Tower of Leandro's silver-plated chain and a zebra-striped shell oval pendant as a companion to the Buddha medallion. A freshwater pearl hangs from the end of the extender chain.
Namaste necklace, no. 2: A repurposed shell pendant hangs with the Buddha medallion. I like how the tarnish on the medallion matches the opalescent tones in the shell. The vintage olive green plastic beads from Way To Bead are a great compliment, too, hooked with brass eyepins along dark brass chain. The word 'love' dangles from the extender chain.
Namaste necklace, no. 3: The recycled shell earring is a great complement pendant for this mandala medallion. The beige tones in the shell bring out the rosiness in the yellow calcite chips clustered along the silver-plated chain. Picture jasper stones dangle symmetrically on either side of the pendant, dark flecks reflecting the mandala medallion and beiges from the shell and calcite.
Namaste necklace, no. 4: The red aventurine hearts and turquoise chips are remnants from a purchase made from artfaerie on Etsy. They are clustered along a gold-plated chain with eye pins, with a gold-plated Buddha medallion with a brahmin on its other side. An Indian bangle and repurposed brass hoop from a broken Christmas ornament complete the pendant.
The teachings of such mystical prophets and enlightened men have always been so fascinating to me. I hope to convey that mystery and earthy simplicity through these pieces, that they can serve in a moment of reflection to be grateful for the natural world around us and within us.
I hope to have these listed on my Etsy shop very soon!