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I wanted to make a necklace representing the elements - earth, air, fire, water.
I used a beach pebble, found on the beach while I was on my honeymoon, which I've drilled and wired, to represent both earth and water. Beach glass from Maine, bought from The Artist's Closet*, represents water. A copper dipped gum leaf, represents air - for the breeze that gently blew it from it's tree, and pit-fired clay and raku beads represent both earth and fire. The raku beads are by Stan Roberts, of Xaz Bead Company**

These have all been wired into various dangles with either/both copper and sterling silver wire, and threaded onto a sterling silver chain (which is approx 50cm long - just under 20"), along with lamp-worked glass beads, both modern and primitive. The chain is fastened with a tiny sterling silver toggle clasp, which you can see in the first photo (which I had a bit of fun with - don't use that as an example of the colours in this piece!)

I really like "A Chief's Wife" as an alternate name for this. It really does feel like treasure - like you're rich, and you're the most important woman in the tribe!

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* http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5559588
** http://www.xazbead.com/xazbeads.php

Necklace, mixed media, metals, beach stone, beach glass, lampwork, pitfired and raku beads. Element, by melanie j cook.


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: sterling silver, beach pebble, beach stone, beach glass, copper, lampworked glass, raku beads, pitfired clay bead, wire, chain
  • Ships worldwide from Australia
  • Feedback: 267 reviews
  • Favorited by: 44 people