Updated: Dec 16, 2020
Passion for Flowers - Finalist
The title of my piece was inspired by the passionflower. It was a kind of obvious title, but when I searched it the only other use was a landscape design book, so that was the name i chose. The passionflower pattern is one I have developed over thirty years, and is surprisingly easy to make.
I worked on creating flowers and only left myself a week to build the base and attach the flowers. I could have used twice the time. I always underestimate how long it takes to secure the flowers to the base.
I used stone beads to build the trellis base which makes the necklace very heavy to wear.
I created some berry clusters using some beautiful opal beads. They are overshadowed by the flowers but display a wonderful play of light when noticed.
Some of the flowers are made using vintage French seed beads. The purples and pinks have a beautiful glow and opalescent sheen.
I used some Czech and Japanese seed beads as well. The color differences are very slight: I used seven shades of red for the poppy and eight different sizes and colors of blue beads to make the morning glory.
I have since written the pattern for the passionflower using a blend of Toho and Miyuki brands of beads. I like to mix the types because the slight size and color differences add depth to the beadwork.