Saturday, September 4, 2010

Kokopelli Inspired Jewelry Set

I have been dreaming about this necklace since I visited Evie and Beth 
over at EB Bead and Metal Works blog and saw 
the wonderful little enameled kokopelli pendants they created.  
Had to have one and I was so excited when it came in the mail.

 I am a musician and majored in music playing the flute in college.  
Kokopellis have special meaning to me the magic of music is part of their trickster nature.  
To learn more click HERE.
I wanted to make a tiny flute 

beads that express the Southwest to surround this little fellow with color.

Inspired by the black and lilac enamel colors 
I added fire in my polymer clay beads, a mix of metallic red and gold 
because I always think of kokopellis as playing around a camp fire at night.  
If you look closely you see black burning logs, 
eternity beads purposely uneven and rustic, 
fibers woven in to suggest the clothing one may wear.  

I wire wrapped the pendant to hang it in an antiqued copper odd shaped ring 
and wired the spray of tubular beads below to imitate native american style jewelry.  
I had enough related beads to also create a bracelet to match.
I have been inspired by the works of Stephanie HERE is her blog.
You will see how her use of fiber and unusual beads inspired this bracelet.  
I even used some garden wire which comes wrapped in raffia to make the bead in the front of this picture.
I especially enjoyed making my donut beads you see one behind wire wrapped to the copper ring. 
They all polished up really nicely so a total of two long days of labor is finally ready to share.
Enjoy this Labor Day Weekend!!

I am very happy with how this came out, 
especially the color combination.  
Thanks to Evie and Beth for the inspirational little guy!! 


  1. Oh Heather, this is beautiful! And I'm honored that you were inspired by my pieces. Isn't it wonderful that the internet and the blogging community allows us to meet with other creative people?

  2. Amasing!!! I love your piece

  3. Love, Love, Love, Love the necklace Heather! Mom and I just read what you wrote and we are honored to be part of this fabulous piece of jewelry.
    Evie and Beth

  4. What wonderful art pieces you created, with so much intention and attention to detail. There is so much to see and experience and ponder!
    Beautiful, beautiful work!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous colors and a wonderful piece. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog recently and leaving such a great comment. Much appreciated.

  6. This is wonderful! Such fun colors, shapes, and meanings all scrambled into an amazingly fun design :-)

  7. What a terrific setting you have created for the lovely EB Bead kokopelli pendant. Your Native American flute is WONDERFUL and the beads you created, colors, textures, and fibers you chose beautifully compliment the pendant and give a cohesiveness to a complex and visually exciting piece. I am a big fan of kokopelli jewelery (being a woodwind-playing musician and living in Arizona)and I would have to say that your piece is one of the top kokopelli pieces I've ever seen. As unique and special as the artist who created it. BRAVA! I would love to see a picture of you wearing the necklace.

  8. Δεν έχω λόγια απλά υπέροχο!!!


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