For my first custom design for Cousin Corporation, our assignment was to create something inspired by Florida because their company is based in Largo, FL. We could choose anything at all about Florida to use as inspiration, but we had to use only Cousin beads in our creations. Whether it was flamingos, citrus fruits, Disney, palm trees or something else all together. I always chose the "something else" path less traveled.
I created this custom beaded necklace I call Where the Ocean Meets the Sand. I started by laying out everything under the sun that might go into this necklace. Initially I wasn't sure where my inspiration would take me... but here's what I started to play with.
As a focal, I selected an amber and teal colored geode slice. It's almost the shape of Florida (it's just missing the panhandle). It paired perfectly with the teal seed bead mix and the amber seed bead mix from Cousin. The mixes have a combination of bugle beads, 11/0 and 8/0 that worked to give this an organic, funky flow. To finish the necklace I pulled in beautiful copper accents in bead caps and the toggle clasp, some amber gemstone nuggets and acrylic faceted beads.
|A little wire-wrapping makes this necklace reversible|
And because I needed some instant gratification in the sea of seed beads and all the looping to make this necklace, I created a pair of matching earrings. The kidney ear wires and copper charms with crystal accents are both Cousin products. The lampwork glass beads are from Juli Cannon of StudioJuls. Yet another staple in my array of turquoise and copper... can you say LOVE?!?!
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