Monday, June 6, 2011

Calla Lilies (in beads)

I just love calla lilies.  They have always been one of my favorite flowers.  I don't know why, but I just love the shape and simplicity of them.  To me they are very elegant.  Some time last year I found the prettiest frosted calla lily beads.  I'm having a hard time now remembering though if they are glass or resin.  The writing on the plastic bag rubbed off, so now I don't even remember where I bought them.  I had been looking for quite a long time to find just the right beads to go with the calla lilies.

I had in my mind what I wanted to do with them, but I needed a green bead and a yellow bead that would fit the bill.  I came across the perfect green beads at Artbeads.com...on clearance nonetheless.  Of course, not knowing exactly how many I would need I bought 2 strands of these gorgeous, sleek olivine cat's eye rectangles.  Since they were on clearance I knew if I didn't order enough, I'd never find the same ones again.  Finding yellow beads is so very difficult.  If I did find the right color, they weren't the right size or I didn't like the shape.  Then one day I wasn't even looking for them and these little yellow and white nuggets caught my eye.  Perfect color, perfect shape!  How lucky am I?

I wanted my necklace to be a little abstract, but still get the feel of the calla lilies.  I strung the beads on flexible wire, which I have never used before, and crimped the ends around the clasp.  I like the wire!  I am definitely going to use it again.  Here are pics of my simple little (20") calla lily necklace.  Each of those flower beads is 1 1/2" long and 1/2" wide...pretty substantial!  And the flowers do match up and are centered...I just had the necklace skewed on the form.  dumb me!


As always, you can click to see a larger view.

5 comments:

Mandy said...

Oh wow! That is so cool! Perfect choose of green and yellow beads my dear, looks just like a lei of calla lillies!

Marie S said...

You are very lucky indeed!!
Nice Job!!
Have a wonderful week.

Barbara said...

This is really beautiful, and indeed abstract. Knowing what they represent makes it easy, but if you hadn't said, I don't know if I would have thought of calla lillies. But of course, they are!

Robbie said...

Very nice!!! They did turn out just beautiful didn't they!! My DIL loves calla lillies and actually had them in her wedding flowers. Nice job, Lisa, as always!

Carol said...

Very nice Lisa. I have never seen a Calla Lily bead before. Glad you found the perfect accompaniment beads.
xx, Carol