Desert Spring Spirit Beads + Open Ended Lariat Necklace + Fossil Mammoth Ivory + Handmade Silver and Bronze Talismans + Gemstone Beads

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Desert Spring Spirit Beads + Open Ended Lariat Necklace + Fossil Mammoth Ivory + Handmade Silver and Bronze Talismans + Gemstone Beads

415.00

A lightweight version of my long Spirit Bead strands with a beautiful palette of soft greens, aquas, and buff, these prayer beads were made for wearing!

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:: New Life :: Spirit Beads ::

+++ Contains Fossil Walrus Ivory: For US Domestic Sale Only +++

This strand of Spirit Beads is all about the rising, vibrant life that bursts forth in the high desert during May.  Everything seems veiled in a pale green light and joy pervades the landscape.  The yuccas and cacti come into bloom, while on the distant heights the mountain slowly pulls a cloak of shimmering green over her shoulders.  There is a sense of delight, high energy and optimism in the air.  I thought of all those things as I translated that feeling and those colors into this strand. 

About Spirit Beads:

I have been making Spirit Beads for over a decade now, and they remain one of my favorite things to do. These long hand-held strands are created for prayer, meditation, ceremony, and present-moment mindfulness practice. You're invited to enter into a living relationship with them, one which will become richer and deeper over time. They're made to give you something physical to touch and hold as a reminder of the presence of Spirit in daily life...everywhere, and in everything. I tend to use mine for centering, to calm me and still my mind. What I love about Spirit Beads is that you are free to create your own way of using them, any way you choose. This open-ended "shawl" style was originally created by contemporary prayer bead artisan Eleanor Wiley, who traveled the world teaching others how to make and use their own prayer beads. I will include an information sheet with this set that will give you some suggestions as to how to use them.

These Spirit Beads can work as a large ceremonial necklace, and as a hand-held strand of prayer beads. You can wear them in an open-ended fashion, as shown on the first photo of the mannequin, or held together by a hammered brass spiral clip that I created just for them, as shown in the second mannequin photo.  They also look lovely kept on your home altar, coffee table, nightstand or even hung on the wall...anyplace where they will invite you to pick them up, and easily come to hand. I have several sets of Spirit Beads and keep them on my mannequin or on the walls so I can always see them. They help bless and energize my workspace and home.

The Amulets:

Two exceptionally beautiful pieces of fossil mammoth (or possibly mastodon) ivory are on each end.  I purchased a quantity of this material from lapidarist Gary Wilson, which has been tinted a delicate green; I know nothing about what the color is, but my intention was to sand it off when I prepared the ivory to be used in my work.  In this case, however, the green hue was perfect and I left it as it was.  There is a longitudinal piece with some of the outer weathered and mineralized surface of the tusk showing, and a really beautiful horizontal slice that shows the characteristic crosshatching seen in ivory, and this, too has the teal-blue mineralized color and weathered outer surface on the "rind". 

Along with these is another fragment of heavily weathered fossil walrus ivory from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska.  The remaining three amulets were made by me.  One is fine silver PMC with tiny green garnet tubes laced around it with sterling silver wire.  This piece was molded from basalt found near the Kofa Mountains in Arizona.  The bronze metal clay pendant on the opposite end was taken in clay form and impressed into the sandstone at the Soda Canyon overlook at Mesa Verde National Park, and then brought home and fired in my kiln.  The light colored rectangle is polymer clay with sand from several desert locations mixed in.  

All of the amulets are attached with links of hammered and beaded brass wire to metal rings.  One is an old tribal brass ring from western Africa, and the other is sterling PMC, directly impressed on a granite boulder deep in the Mojave Desert.

The Beads:

Most of the strand is made up of gemstones, such as green garnet, gaspeite, nickel magnesite, Peru opal, aquamarine, jade, rutilated quartz, serpentine, peridot, chrysoprase, prehnite, picture jasper, quartz, and Chinese turquoise.  Other beads include saguaro cactus rib, natural bamboo coral, handmade clay beads by Taos artisan Georgia Neumann, African Yoruba brass, Czech glass, Greek ceramic, African bone, Navajo juniper seed Ghost Beads, and more.  There's also one of my handmade bronze clay tube beads here as well. 

The strand was strung on durable medium weight beading wire (stainless steel fibers coated with nylon), and wherever possible I lined beads with larger holes with glass seed beads to help them sit better on the strand.  This improves the lifetime of the piece and also improves the way the strand feels when it is worn and held in the hand.

SIZE: The strand measures 50" or 1.27 meters end to end. 

CARE:  Because of the mammoth ivory, organic, and clay elements, handle this set with care.   Wipe the beads with a soft, damp cloth if you wish to clean them.

PRESENTATION:  The New Life Spirit Beads will arrive beautifully giftwrapped. See the shop policies below for details.

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