Studio Musings

Monday, February 4, 2013

Sea Grass Pendant and Necklace with Cultured Sea Glass Beads

Sea Grass pendant, freeform beaded fringe by Karen Williams

Last week I shared a process photo of my Sea Grass pendant in this post.  The fringe is nice and stiff and sticks out in an arch around the lower half of the beaded circle.  I was inspired by the wonderful cultured sea glass shards sent to me by ZnetShows (it's been fun watching them set up their booth at Tuscon) and a photo of Button Sedge from the book Archipelageo: Portraits of Life in the World's Most Remote Island Sanctuary

Fimbristylis cymosa, Button Sedge or Mauʻu ʻakiʻaki

Once I finished the pendant, I broke out my sketchbook and started playing with different ideas to turn it into a necklace.  Did I want a polished look with a beaded rope, or a more organic finish working with more of ZnetShow's sea glass beads?

two design sketches for Sea Grass, freeform beaded necklace by Karen Williams

I decided to stick with a more organic design.  Originally in my sketch, I'd envisioned some additional lines of freeform beading snaking up along and around the sea glass, but decided I liked the cleaner lines.  Here's the finished piece:

Sea Grass, freeform beaded necklace by Karen Williams

I added some dyed red stones as accents, echoing the deep red seed beads in the fringed pendant. 


  1. I love your necklace! The fringe is fantastic! Beautiful, beautiful!

  2. Oh man, I love that! It is so vibrant, and the spikey parts are!

  3. absolute knock out! this is a really supercool piece! definitely one i would touch and try on if i saw it at a show.

  4. This turned out beautifully. I absolutely adore those colors- bright and vibrant.

  5. Hi Karen,
    This is gorgeous! I like the pendant before you were finished and now I love it adding the the necklace really compliments the pendant.

  6. Stunning necklace, Karen -- I absolutely love the color and the design on this one. Bravo!!!

  7. What an absolutely gorgeous necklace!

  8. LOVE the way that turned out! Good decision I think on keeping it simple...incredible design, congratulations!

  9. Very cool... Inspiration is so important when designing and your design is just beautiful.