Monarch Memories Necklace
by Tamara Summers.
(Sarnia, Ontario, Canada)
Recently I went for my usual walk down to the beach. It was a windy day, and the wind was quite chilly.
Right away I saw a Monarch butterfly on the sand trying to fly, but it couldn’t because of the wind. Beside it was a single wing of another Monarch. I wondered why the butterfly and the wing were together. Were they friends or mates? I guess I’ll never know.
I put my hand out to help the struggling butterfly, and he readily perched on my finger, and stayed there as I walked back up to the grass and placed him in a sunny, sheltered spot near a fence with vegetation.
Then I went back down to the sand to retrieve my treasure, a single, perfect, intact Monarch wing. I carefully took it back home to make a jewellery piece with.
I like to use what I have on-hand, and I didn’t have a shadow-box type pendant, or any way of displaying it flat while protecting it, but I had purchased some little glass bottles not too long ago, so I decided to try that. I put a layer of black glass seed beads in the bottom, then gently curved my wing and put it inside. I liked the way it looked because you can turn it around and see it from different angles.
I covered the top of the bottle with a gold filigree circle, and added some butter-coloured ribbon to the top and bottom. The Monarch is a very elegant butterfly, and I wanted my necklace to portray that look.
I liked these vintage graduated black faceted beads with it. I wanted the necklace to come down a little lower than I usually make, so that the pendant would sit nicely but would be protected, and it ended up being 21″.
I found the colours in this wing to be perfect for a fall piece.
I so enjoy creating with my natural found treasures. 🙂
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