I am not one to do the same type of project idea multiple times. This one was an exception. I embraced a challenge courtesy of a very good friend of mine who wanted a custom necklace. She wanted black with bright, bold colors. Since I never work with black, my natural response was, "Challenge accepted!"
As most already know, I do love working with beads. I find something calming and almost therapeutic about gluing each bead into place and watching my sketched design come to life. When the piece is completed, the sense of accomplishment and completion is enough to stoke my creative fires.
While the overall design is simple, the bead work is where the magic is with this piece. The creativity begins to flow and new ideas spring forth. The second layer of the necklace that has the cross was one such "AHA!" moment. The addition of a few stone skulls on handmade eye-pins stitched together the elements seamlessly.