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Good Juju Wire Wrapped Collar

Good Juju Wire Wrapped CollarThe creator of this piece says: This piece was inspired by a friend's Kenyan necklace made of bone & horn. I loved the strong shapes and the way the horns tapered around the sides of the neck. My beaded version looks nothing like hers, but it captures a similar earthy, bold feeling.

I made frames with 20 gauge sterling plated copper wire and filled them in with seed beads wrapped around the frames on 26 gauge silver wire. Then I embellished each piece with a mother of pearl teardrop bead surrounded by contrasting seed beads, which I secured with beading thread and a little glue.

I joined the pieces together with carnelian chips and faceted orange glass beads on eye pins and finished off the back with the same combo of beads strung on nylon-coated stainless steel wire.

About the Artist: Kimi Haraguchi

I have been making jewelry since I was a child. I first learned Native American styles of bead weaving from a bunkmate at summer camp and by junior high I was known for selling jewelry to my teachers and classmates out of a fishing tackle box.

Many of my designs are often structurally based on bead weaving stitches, but I also use a lot of chain and wire in my more recent designs.

I find inspiration in nature, art history, fashion history, design from other cultures and in my eclectic urban surroundings.

View Kimi Haraguchi's website at Enoki Designs.

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