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Ash and Ember - The Balrog

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This piece was created for, and won, the Etsy Beadweavers challenge on the theme of "Lord of the Rings." I have not read the books, but my son and husband are big fans. My son strongly encouraged me to find my inspiration in the Balrog, a demon of darkness and embers. As they described it to me, it is an ancient titan, a force felt as much as seen. It is darkness, ash and ember, and can burst into flames when angered. It has a many- stranded fiery whip to use as a weapon, and also has a sword. It has shadowy wings and curving horns.

My necklace is made of matte black and matte dark gray beads, even some black Czech Firepolish with a matte finish that all felt like coal in my fingers. My embers and flames are provided by Swarvoski crystal gems and bicones. The neck opening is over 14" and the drop from the top of the center component to the bottom of the fringe is 4". I would be glad to adjust the neck size of this piece for you at no additional charge.

You can read more about the making of this necklace and see a Balrog image on my blog at : http://hauteicebeadworks.blogspot.com/2011/04/one-for-my-son-zak.html

Ash and Ember - The Balrog


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: japanese and czeck seed and cylinder beads, czech firepolish beads, swarovski jewels and bicones, blackened base metal findings, fireline, powerpro
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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