Beading · Jewelry making · Repurpose! · Theater · Up-cycle

A Chakra Necklace for an Opera Star

Last week I was wearing my naked-dress-necklace while working wardrobe here at The Spoleto Festival (See former post Necklace for a Naked Dress). Wardrobe people wear “blacks” so they can blend into the darkness, the theater world’s uniform for anyone working backstage. I have this chronic issue with uniforms and dress codes, I tend to believe life is just a big game of dress up, so obviously I had to accessorize all that black. So glad I always over dress! Anne Carolyn Bird, one of the singers in Facing Goya, liked my necklace so much she commissioned me to make her one of her very own!

Beading in bed while watching Sex and the City! (Obviously)
Beading in bed while watching Sex and the City!
(Duh…)

Anne Carolyn wanted a necklace with a similar silhouette to my naked-dress-necklace that doubled as a chakra necklace. Of course I said, of course! My mother is very about the yoga and those wonderful-woo-woo-things, I know chakra colors and meanings. The majority of the jewelry I make is up-cycled from old broken things, beads I’ve acquired from lord knows where, and thrifted treasures that I dissect for chains and other bits. At bougie craft shows people sometimes find this disconcerting, but AC, bless her, was all about it. Nothing tickles me more than someone getting excited about what I do (And AC is also pretty stinkin’ great), so I made her a liiiiiiittle surprise…

This is chart explaining where all of the different parts of her necklace came from! It was actually amazing to me how long I had been carrying around some of these beads!
This is chart explaining where all of the different parts of her necklace came from! It was actually amazing to me how long I had been carrying around some of these beads!

When I gave her the necklace AC was so excited she made me giddy! Within two minutes she had shown it off to everyone in the dressing and makeup rooms and anyone who walked by. That night she was my greatest supporter and the best sales lady I could have asked for. An hour later I had sold two pairs of earrings and had special orders to fill before the next performance!

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The lovely Anne Carolyn feeling very balanced in her up-cycled chakra necklace!

Feeling so lucky to have met Anne Carolyn Bird and I am delighted to send a little piece of me with her on her worldwide opera adventures!

PS. I also sold these earrings to the fabulous Kuen-A Lee!

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