Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Light That Guides Us

This piece is one of my favorites to date. The rope is a simple "slim" Russian Spiral and the pendant is a hollow beaded bead fashioned to look like a lantern. What is unique about using a hollow form as the pendant, is that it allows me to "include" a small, important object during the creation process. The form is permanently closed, so the item gets completely sewn in and is not visible once the piece is finished. The idea is to create a personal "guiding light"--a lantern lit at its core not physically, but symbolically. A lock of a child's hair, petals from a wedding bouquet, even a small vial of ashes (if that's to your taste)--whatever is of great importance in the wearer's life, a token to remind the wearer of the light that guides him/her.

"Lantern Light"

(detail of hollow lantern form)


  1. Beautiful! I would love a tutorial for the lantern :)

  2. I might be able to do that, actually...ultimately, it's just a modified and embellished Pitaya Bead (a beaded bead pattern by Martina Nagele) I think the Pitaya Bead pattern is still available for free on the net and the modification is not too complicated. Hmm...I'll see what I can do once I get the Dragonfly Star tutorial complete. Thanks for the suggestion! :D