|Black Peacocks with Japanese Persimmons|
Jessie Arms Botke, 1940
Oil and Gold Leaf on Panel
32 x 40 inches
(Please note this art is copyrighted and is to be used only as inspiration.)
We are calling our piece "Tail Feathers". The whole necklace is actually based on the "eye" of the peacock's tail feathers and the colors found in the inspiration piece.
The focal pendant is based on peacock feathers and the colors within. I used the enamel colors I am calling "Peacock", cobalt blue and chestnut brown.
These pendants are based on the shape and "eyes" in the body feathers.
I had a lot of fun with the beads - I made up six sets of test beads to decide on what colors we wanted to use for the necklace. We decided to go with the "Kuiper Belt" beads and accented the necklace with purple Freshwater pearls, brass accents and brown seed beads.
We didn't have a big enough clasp to go with this piece so we used one of the extra "eye" pendants as the clasp and just made a loop of seed beads to go around it.
Mom tried the necklace on, with her black turtle neck, and it was stunning. Both mom and I are really excited and happy with the way "Tail Feathers" turned out. It is always good when you like the piece you created, though we tell each other if we don't like it someone else will :)