Wild and unpredictable. That is what I see when I look at the landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey. These ‘fairy chimneys’ have been standing for eons. I am struck by the rustic earthy setting, and the beauty that these rock formations provide.
As a reminder, here are the beads that I challenged myself (and my partner!) to use.
The ‘fairy chimneys,’ or hoodoos, are created by volcanic eruptions that push the ash into these strange formations. The volcanic ash is a soft rock called tuff. The tops are a harder stone that doesn’t erode as readily making for some strangely beautiful vistas. I found out that rock that contains more than 50% tuff is called tuffaceous. I like the sound of that!
So that is what I named my necklace: Tuffaceous.
I wanted to make something that had that same wild and unpredictable look. When the color palette is very neutral and earthy, I think it is important to focus on texture and pattern. I know that those copper colored spacers are really just plastic that is plated, but I love them for the detail. I used the rings that are in that set (they have no openings so there is no risk that they will pop open) to tie lark’s head knots of 8″ strands of hemp cord and left them wild and free. I thought about cutting them down, but I sort of like that this detail is what makes this a statement piece. The glass with the sandstone sparkles floating in it gives the nearly matte texture of this entire piece a bit of flash that is unexpected. I imagine that this could have been worn by an ancient woman for a special occasion!
When I set out to make something for this challenge, I started with this bracelet. I wanted to stick with materials and techniques that might be available to an ancient civilization: cord and knotting. It was originally going to be a necklace. The carved soapstone beads are perfect for this inspiration as I imagine there are carvings inside these hoodoos. They also have a nice big hole to allow for three strands of hemp to pass through. However, the lava beads and the glass sandstone beads have much smaller holes. Doh! That makes it nearly impossible to pass the extra cordage through. So what started out as a necklace became much shorter (and not with out a lot of choice words and a bead reamer!). It ended up being the perfect length to wrap twice around my wrist and would look great with some other bracelets, maybe leather or macrame. This bracelet is about 16″ long, so it can work as a choker style necklace (if you have a neck that small!).
And here is a sneak peek of what my partner Claire Lockwood made. I am smitten with her ceramics and I see some really amazing details in this picture. Can’t wait to see what she made!
Erin Strother translates the ancient inspiration into something a little closer to home….
Red rocks have always been near and dear to my heart. I have spent many a hot summer day with my family at Zion National Park in southern Utah—one of my favorite places to be in the entire world. Erin Prais-Hintz’ inspiration was actually in Turkey, and while significantly different than the red rocks of Zion, it was close enough to remind me of the beautiful rock formations there, which inspired this necklace of rough nuggets, and organic textures using beads in rusty oranges, browns and copper with earthy accents of gray and cream.
Were you inspired by this fascinating landscape? If you made something, please post your link below and tell us all about it! The InLinkz code will be open for one week… so you still have time to participate! Check back on September 2nd for the next Pretty Palettes inspiration!
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Wow, that necklace is fabulous, Erin! I love the soft pinks that you’ve introduced – they go so well. The bracelet is also rather sweet. How funny that we both went for lots of cord strands in a piece each.