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Nouveau Series

I have been dreaming about making the Nouveau pendant series since early 2006.  I had explored the drop shape in March 2006, creating several smaller prototypes with abstract designs, but had to leave the concept behind to move forward with other impending projects and deadlines.  This is how long an idea can germinate because if it's not "perfect" it is not ready for you.  I had just finished submitting the first 10 project proposals for my book, Bead Romantique, so romance was still definitely on my mind. One week prior to exhibiting in Tucson 2007, I decided it was time again to bring forth my original drop pendant concept.  The Nouveau pendant series pays tribute to the Art Nouveau age which I love the most.  It embodies the stylized flowers that were popular in the era.  Each drop pendant has six stylized crocus-like flowers seemingly dancing and floating around it's circumference.  The custom blended colors bring the 3-D flowers to life and create additional depth.  Each pendant has a sterling silver bail (sometimes I offer gold-filled too) with a 2.5mm ring.  It takes 3 days to make each pendant, from the custom blended floral canes, to the execution of the pendant and lastly, the finishing of the bail.  The Nouveau pendant can be easily woven into beadwork, strung with ribbon, or incorporated as a pendant with an addition of a jump ring.  The use of two or more complimentary transparent glass colors in the base drop add visual depth and the satin finish provides an internal vintage glow.  On rare occasions, the pendants are left un-etched because the clarity of the Italian glass should be left un-altered to shine on it's own.  These pendants will be periodically available at my shows.  Additional pendant shapes may be added to the series over time. 

The Nouveau pendant is featured in a festoon necklace in my Bead Romantique book, utilizing beadweaving quatrefoils and Vintaj brass findings/chain.




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September 20, 2011