As a member of Artbeads blogging program I was asked to create a ‘Winter Enchantment’ design that represents what I find beautiful or inspirational about the winter season. My inspiration for creating this necklace was feminine side of the winter as I see it, I imagined dazzlingly beautiful, icy-cold, opulent Lady, Empress of Ice.
I chose lots of crystal clear Swarovski stones, as nothing can show winter shine how they do! Centerpiece is fabulous Swarovski Octagon, at first I underestimated the size choosing it from my screen, but when I saw it in person it appeared to be an impressive crystal monster. Luckily we worked together very well :)
This was the first time I worked with silver-plated xilions, and I found them to be very versatile stones. They fitted my design quite easily and shined well together with the centerpiece. For bead-weaving work I chose Miyuki delicas and Toho rocailles loved by me for their quality and uniformity and Swarovski (of course!) bicones. One of the discoveries for me was Crystal CAL, this was the first time I saw it in reality and can tell you that it was love from the first sight. It is very tough to resist my desire to order all possible sizes of it in enormous quantities, and I am not sure how much longer I can hold myself :)
I enjoyed inventing this necklace very much! It is a great honor and luck to be Artbeads blogging program participant. I want to thank all Artbeads team for this wonderful opportunity!
Disclosure: Being participant of the Artbeads blogging program I have received the products from Artbeads free of charge and I am honestly reviewing them. I have not been paid for any endorsement of the products.