Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sorceress of the Ice

Thanks to a new challenge from, I've dug deep into my creative soul to discover what I think "Winter Enchantment" is all about.

A lifelong Mainer, winter isn't exactly a new concept to me. I've had 38 years of bitter cold, snow and ice. Yet throw in the word "Enchantment" and my view on the frosty season takes on a whole new meaning.

I had the honor of waking up one morning not too long ago to find that the morning sun had won its daily battle with the winter clouds, resulting in a spectacular show-and-tell of azure sky, glass-like trees covered in melting ice and Mr. Sun himself high in the sky radiating over the whole scene in pride. My drive to work was more like a tour through some obscenely high-end art gallery. Everywhere I looked, I saw nothing but sheer beauty. The landscape was glorious. Breathtaking. Just look for yourself!

When I saw the next sight (below), everything fell into place. What I envisioned was the forest home of a long ago and far away Sorceress of the Ice, straight out of your favorite fantasy story. I could just imagine her long, flowing, silvery-white hair and icy blue eyes. The idea of "Winter Enchantment" hit me square in the nose. I finally got it!

Then it all came together. Those beautiful icy stiletto branches coupled with the soft arcs of trees bent nearly to their limit by the sheer weight of it all...I decided to make my Sorceress of the Ice a magnificent necklace that only one so "Enchanted" could pull off!

The colors were a no-brainer: Crystal whites and the lightest of blues with just a hint of somber wintery gray.

My flavor-of-the-month beading technique is Kumihimo. I am in love with Japanese braiding! The process is very rhythmical and soothing and the finished product is always one I'm happy with. This challenge was no exception.

The clasp sits in the front of the pendant and is camouflaged by the little spikes of beads and crystals, including Size 6 TOHO seed beads in Lined Crystal Colonial Gray.

The piece de resistance is, of course, the stunning Swarovski Avant-Garde crystal pendant measuring a whopping 40 mm! This component is a true beauty and I couldn't wait to work with it.

In addition to light blue silk cord, the body of this piece is made of Size 6 TOHO seed beads in Transparent Crystal AB.
Thanks,, for getting me out of my traditional Maine winter blues by challenging me to think outside the snow-covered box!

Disclaimer: All TOHO seed beads and Swarovski crystal pendant used in this project were kindly provided free of charge by as part of their Design Partners blogging program. The author of this blog has not received any payment from and any posts about their products represent the author's personal opinion only.