This necklace bead weaving entitled Stories From the Heart is an early work of Mary Ellen Beads.

Stories from the Heart

Found objects make interesting necklaces. In this case, I combined two unusual and unrelated polished rocks from Colorado to form a heart.

Those rocks didn’t start out to become a necklace. I just happened to be playing in the bead studio and discovered the relationship. An idea was born. My fingers wove the pieces together during a road trip to Missouri. Magically, a piece of art grew.

Bead magic knows no boundaries. In this case, natural and beautiful stones meshed with seed beads and antiqued silver-washed glass beads. The tiny silver-washed glass beads came off an antique purse. They highlight one side of the heart piece and finish the back of the cabochon.

White leather lines the reverse which is then further decorated with a tin heart replica.

The heart detail is repeated in the clasp as well as in a three heart bead repetition in the necklace.

A sterling bail holds the piece and attaches one of three necklace strands.

This beadweaving was finished in February 2011, just prior to the huge earthquake that hit Japan. I was prompted to offer a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this necklace for victims of the quake. The gesture came from my heart.

What speaks to your heart?