Bead the Summer Blues

© Mary Ellen Merrigan, Summer Blues, 5-strand 17.5” beaded necklace

© Mary Ellen Merrigan, Summer Blues, 5-strand 17.5” beaded necklace

When the muse is on, we must create. When an idea explodes out of consciousness, or, when inspiration strikes, bead on!

Last week, the urge to redesign a choker took precedence over all other tasks and a new seasonal necklace developed.

Funny. I’ve worn it two or three times since then.

The original “before” necklace of small silver, emerald and garnet beads had 11 silver charms with a garnet embedded clasp. (Note to self: use your phone to take a “before” picture next time!)

An antiques vendor at The Santa Fe Flea Market sold me the piece. The whimsical charms and the authentic gemstones appealed to me at the time of purchase. Now, I felt the necklace needed more importance.

I cut it apart, separated the beads and picked out a three-strand silver clasp from my stash.

Before I began stringing, I randomly placed my 11 charms within my three primary strands.

© Mary Ellen Merrigan, Sterling charm, Summer Blues, 5-strand 17.5” beaded necklace

© Mary Ellen Merrigan, Sterling charm, Summer Blues, 5-strand 17.5” beaded necklace

In keeping with my theme of blue and my blue Soft Flex wire, I selected some vintage sky blue African trade beads with the tiniest of white stripes and clear glass rounds.

My top and bottom strands contained those selections along with a few colorful red and yellow trade bead spacers. The “before” silver beads added weight and texture to the middle row.

I added two more strands of lapis for contrast, depth and fullness.  “Summer Blues” hangs easily and looks particularly good with jeans, a favorite and essential wardrobe element for summer.

Summer Blues Neck

© Mary Ellen Merrigan, Summer Blues, 5-strand 17.5” beaded necklace

Will you bead the summer blues?