Mermaid Cove Art Nouveau Necklace

by Melissa McNair.
(Clifton Park, NY USA)

Mermaid Cove Art Nouveau Necklace by Melissa McNair  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Mermaid Cove Necklace – close up

I love making fantasy-style jewelry using an Art Nouveau theme. I really love how my “Mermaid Cove” necklace turned out.

I started with an ornate vintage brass centerpiece, a seashell I collected from a beach down south, and an art nouveau style brass mermaid. I painted the shell using a water-based paint so it didn’t leave a thick residue and allowed details of the shell to shine through.

Mermaid Cove Art Nouveau Necklace by Melissa McNair  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Mermaid Cove Necklace – Sea Dreams

I then sealed with a protective varnish, and set it with glue atop the ornate centerpiece. I fitted the brass mermaid on top of the shell with glue.

Mermaid Cove Art Nouveau Necklace by Melissa McNair  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Mermaid Cove Necklace – Amongst the Shells

I then added picasso czech glass beads in ocean hues to match the necklace.

Photography is equally important to me, and I try to capture a memorable scene with each piece. I decided to use more natural seashells as accents when photographing this necklace.

Melissa McNair
Autumn Hollow Studio

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  • Gorgeous, Melissa! I love how your incorporated the sea-colored shell into this necklace – a real treasure. And great idea to show it on weathered wood with shells scattered around.

  • terri wlaschin says:

    That is stunning. The turquiose she’ll makes everything pop!

  • Rita says:

    Beautiful! I live in Florida and seashells are always an inspiration to my pieces. I really love this piece. It all works well together. I agree about photography too. A beautiful composition makes all the difference. Thanks for sharing.

  • Barbara says:

    Beautiful.

  • Moogie says:

    What a fun & beautiful necklace! I’ve always loved stamped brass & filigree. Your touches with the Czech beads are perfect. This is a great summer piece!

  • Maria Sharrow says:

    This piece is beautiful. Love the shell ties, in the sea theme thoughtfully and beautifully!

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