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Horn of Plenty – beaded sculpture

The basket is 3½” long, made with seed beads, Swarovski pearls and wirework. The necklace is 18″long, made with seed beads, drops, fire polish crystals, delicas, Swarovski rivolis, and a sterling silver Swarovski clasp.

Nancy Cain gave a 3 day Masterclass at the Bead & Button show in Milwaukee, WI during June 2015. The class was titled “Engineering Vessels”. During the class I experimented with various techniques and ideas. A germ of a design came to me there and evolved once I got back to my studio. Eventually I made the horn of plenty basket.

Horn of Plenty basket, beaded sculpture by Rose Rushbrooke.
Horn of Plenty basket

Once I finished it I had to think about filling the basket. This thought simmered for some time and then one morning I woke up with the idea of a simple necklace. Getting stuck on harvest fruits and flowers stopped my thought process for a while until I let it go. Simple is better. And who’s to say a lovely, shiny necklace isn’t a bountiful thing?

Beaded Necklace from Horn of Plenty by Rose Rushbrooke.
Beaded Necklace from Horn of Plenty by Rose Rushbrooke.