Raven Totem Necklace

by Cherie Somerville.
(Douglas, Arizona)

Raven Totem Necklace by Cherie Somerville  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

I had ordered this unique & intriguing Peruvian made clay raven head while ordering some gemstone beads more than a year ago. I’ve pulled it out & look at it, admiring it, but never really sure what to create with it, so it just stayed put, hanging out with my stash.

Raven Totem Necklace by Cherie Somerville  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

A few days ago, some newly ordered Czech glass tube beads of a wonderful antiqued, sagey green started talking to a big chunky bead of black lava stone that had been lying in the creative melange (aka, messy heap) that covers the top of my work table…the green & black were really working together & suddenly I thought of my raven fetish!

Raven Totem Necklace by Cherie Somerville  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

A few more earthy bead additions (ancient African granite beads, nuggets of amber & old agate beads), some convoluted oxidized copper wire wrap & yeehaw! Raven Totem was born! 🙂

Cherie Somerville
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  • Cherie, I love how your beads talk to each other! Mine do that too. 🙂 That large lava bead is perfect with the raven’s head, and the entire piece feels ancient and tribal. It’s wonderful how a piece can come together like this from the “creative melange” on the worktable – the necklace designing itself in a way that wouldn’t happen on a cleared-off work space. Thank you for sharing this unique necklace and how it took shape!

  • Joanne says:

    Wow! Each element adds to the look… I love it!

  • Rena & Joanne, thanks so much! I love the best pieces that have that kind of organic flow, there’s a real, living energy to them! 🙂

  • Claudia says:

    Gorgeous!! Love your work, Cherie, and the next time my husband complains about my calamitous work station, I will tell him it’s a “creative melange”!!

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