With her latest request, she handed me three reclosable baggies and ask me to use the beads in each to create three necklaces, one for each of her grown sons. Not only was there a bear claw(s) in each one, but the closures still clinging to the original wire. She is a widow of what I came to find out was a very 'colorful' character. He loved horses and obviously enjoyed purchasing and wearing Native American jewelry (he was of Italian descent.)
|Necklace #1 Focal, before cleanup|
I was quite surprised and humbled by her latest request. Reason one, if you have seen my Etsy elsielight shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/elsielight?ref=si_shop), you know I have touched on using turquoise in my bead weaving and done a little southwestern style jewelry. But masculine it is not. Reason two, I feel that with this jewelry I should be as authentic in my re-creations as possible - I have an appreciation for but no practical experience with Native American jewelry.
|Heishe beads and closure for Necklace #3|
|Necklace #2 two bear claws|
They are not complete but they're ready for the final touches. I still have a few beads left from the originals so will perhaps rework to get them in. It would be a shame if they could not all be included for these keepsake necklaces.
|Necklace #3 - still on the board!|