Spring Collar by Rose Rushbrooke. Glass sead beads, Swarovski crystals and pearls, glass cabochons, millefiori glass, dyed freshwater pearls, and an antiqued copper chain and clasp. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Spring Collar

It had to happen. At some point I needed to make a collar. It’s quite an undertaking which is why it’s been so long before I tackled this project.

I LOVED working on it – all the colour decisions, the placement, the asymmetry. And the choice of beads, pearls and cabochons.

At first you only see green, then the details start showing up – the contrasting colours in the bezelling, the glass seed beads making the focal piece flow into the background, the subtle lighter colours on the left balancing the darker shades on the right.

There’s always so much more than initially meets the eye – some pieces are worth studying.

The collar is approximately 7 1/2 inches wide and 7 inches deep with an antiqued copper chain and clasp adding about 7 inches at the back of the neck.

The beads and other ornaments are embroidered onto a foundation, then hand stitched to an ultrasuede backing and edged.

Materials used: 2 Swarovski dome crystals, glass pearls. dyed freshwater pearls, finished glass candy beads, millefiori glass, a dichroic focal bead, shell and handmade glass cabochons, and an antiqued copper chain and clasp. I have mapped out the components below:

Legend for Spring Collar by Rose Rushbrooke. Glass sead beads, Swarovski crystals and pearls, glass cabochons, millefiori glass, dyed freshwater pearls, and an antiqued copper chain and clasp. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Legend for Spring Collar