Monday, April 4, 2011

Pukeko Necklace Inspiration

Today we are going to look at the creative process of making a bird inspired necklace.  My awesome friend Mallori has requested a necklace based on the pukeko, a bird found in New Zealand.

As I look at this bird, I am struck by the gorgeous royal blue and navy blue, as well as the red-orange accents.  My next step is to look at my supplies and see what I have in these colors.

Several ribbons in the correct colors.  The deep blues capture the feathers but the skinny orange ribbon highlights the accents of the beak.
This fabric mostly contains the orange with a little bit of blue, but will contrast nicely with the ribbon.
 I then begin to piece the components together to form a representative collage on a wooden circle.  Here is a picture of the work in progress.

By layering the fabric, ribbon, and sealer, I was able to achieve a more dimensional look.
Here's a picture of the finished necklace.  The wooden disk still needed a little something, so I attached a few beads to the top.

Listing on Etsy

Do you like it?  I get my inspiration from birds.  Where do you get your inspiration from?


  1. What a beautiful necklace and truly reflects the bird that inspired it!

  2. This is such a great post, it's really interesting to get a glimpse of how your creativity moves from point a) bird to point b) necklace. :)

  3. Beautiful! I love seeing how people put things together to make a work of art.


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