I’ve been thinking about the beach, lately — maybe because temperatures been in the 90’s for several weeks. We’ve gone to the Jersey shore almost every summer since I can remember. This necklace reminds me of the ocean.
I’ve been experimenting with dimensional paper beads lately — drying fused tissue paper around objects like stones and glass marbles. Once you peel the dried paper off the object, you get a bowl shaped “bead”. The irregular shape of it reminded me of oyster shells from the beach.
I was inspired to gild the beads after seeing a video by Ross Barbera about applying gold to watercolor paper. (You can check out his youtube channel – Realisticart – for more info.) My paper wasn’t watercolor paper, but I thought that I might get a similar effect.
The first bead that I gilded, I put the gold on the whole back. It gave a rich look to it but took away the translucence of the paper. It’s hard to see on the photos, but that is why the bottom shell looks a little darker then the upper one. The other bead was just gilded around the edges which allowed it to keep its translucence – much like a delicate shell might have.
The swirls of the wire links look like ocean waves, completing the beach feel.