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To see the Introductory Entry, go here!
Here it is! It's time for the final reveal for July's Monthly Challenge!
I truly appreciate your patience as I've rolled these out over the last few days... I certainly hope that you will find this last entry to be worth your while!
So! Let's see... In the last few entries, I have already talked about how the ancient Maya liked multi-stranded necklaces...
|Stela 11 from Seibal, |
from the terminal classic period.
Not my picture!
From the Wikimedia Commons.
How they liked green jade...
|Not my picture!|
From the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Go there--it has a wonderful write-up on the symbolism of this piece and its elements.
How they had an impressive writing system...
|Page 9 of the Dresden Codex.|
Not my photo!
From the Wikimedia Commons.
And so, in this final set, I decided to highlight all of those traits together.
Below is the result of that effort.
Yep! It is a multi-stranded collar necklace, made with dyed yellow turquoise, Czech glass, vintage seed beads, and Mayan-inspired findings. The matching earrings are made with those same materials--I made two pairs, because I couldn't decide which design I liked more.
Each link was wire-wrapped and then joined together with jumprings... I realize that this was not the most ancient-Mayan-type construction, but I think the final result is pretty impressive--and definitely reminiscent of the beautiful many-stranded necklaces so prevalent in their art!
Also, there is an extender chain, which makes it go from choker-tight to a more draped look, depending on the preference (and neckline) of the wearer.
And so, there you go! That is the last set that I made this month for this Mayan-inspired challenge. Not too shabby! :)
Doing this challenge has reminded me just how much I truly love ancient cultures and archaeology, and would love the chance to really research ancient jewelry. Seriously--I would love to go to a museum and just stare at the artifacts... their material, their construction, their style. Study the depictions in the art of the time. That sounds like so much!
...Perhaps I will do another Wonder and Whimsy Monthly Challenge based on an ancient culture. So many possibilities!
Oh! One more thing. I mentioned briefly that I didn't make everything I had planned for this challenge... Time just got away from me. For fun, here are the three projects that I didn't get a chance to make... Maybe next month I will have a chance to work on them!
|Multi-strand necklace, with a lampwork focal by GlassyFields.|
|Necklace inspired by the white-and-red Spondylys shells favored by the Maya.|
|More jade-inspired goodness!|
...And, with that, I really am done. Thank you so much for joining me on this journey! I hope you have enjoyed my creations... I truly appreciate you stopping by!
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!