Sunday, June 21, 2009

New Firebird Necklace: onyx and Czech glass

"Are you so bold to
Come before me, in all your
Glory?" asked the wolf.
- Deborah Baroff, storybeader

This weekend, I finally assembled all the pieces to my new creation: a double-strand necklace that highlights my prized black onyx pendant. Handpainted in Russia, a beautiful peacock lounges on a tree limb, with its tail feathers cascading down the 20x30mm onyx pendant. It's just beautiful! This is the first necklace I made through the Blogging for Beads program started by Artbeads.com. Check out this pendant and others here.

The haiku I wrote for this necklace just rolled off the tip of my mind, while I was laying out the beads. I've seen images from the fairy tale "Prince Ivan, the Firebird, and the Gray Wolf," and I thought of my peacock. The story is about a king who tells his sons, whoever brings him the Firebird that stealing his golden apples, will receive half his kingdom and be his heir.


This Firebird story appears as a thematic element in many Russian legends and fairy tales. Typically, the Firebird is involved in a difficult quest, and heroes are charmed by the wonder of its feathers. In the famous ballet by Stravinsky, Prince Ivan captures the Firebird. She agrees to assist Ivan in winning the princess, in exchange for her freedom.

The whole process of blogging about my creations have taken me down paths I would have never imagined a year ago. So thank you, Artbeads.com, for the wonderful opportunity in finding out about Russian art and a bit of my heritage. I encourage others who enjoy writing, to try a blog - who knows where it will lead!

For all you beaders: You can find great beading supplies at Artfire's website. And did you know that they have a Blog? Check it out!

6 comments:

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I always love seeing what you'll come up with for your new haikus for your new pieces!
Great work!

Patti said...

Of course, I adore the peacock and you've done a splendid job showing it off! Perfect haiku as well!

Rose Works Jewelry said...

That's gorgeous!

patchfirstshop said...

Very Beautiful Necklace!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Your necklace came out beautiful! You complimented the peacock perfectly!

BeadedTail said...

I can see your blog tonight! And good thing because I would have hated missing seeing this beautiful necklace!

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