Cynthia Rutledge - Contemporary Designs of Timeless Elegance
Shall We Dance?
©2014 by Cynthia Rutledge

Shall We Dance? Necklace ©2014 by Cynthia Rutledge"Shall we dance?" were probably Fred Astaire's most favorite three words! I have always considered Mr. Astaire (1899 - 1987) to be the best dancer that I have ever had the pleasure of watching. A dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor, his career lasted over 75 years! His dancing partners were many, including his sister, Adele, but the most famous partnership was with the beautiful Ginger Rodgers. These two amazing performers dazzled audiences with their charisma and chemistry on stage and film, and of course, they're incredible dancing.

As I was designing this necklace, and working on the netted cording, I kept thinking that the technique was like dancing, around and around, and in perfect harmony with the materials. It didn't hurt that I was watching Holiday Inn (1942)!

The pendant consists of two bezeled CZ's that are zippered together and connected to a beaded bail. The focal point is a dramatic 20mm trillion CZ, which is bezeled in netting and sitting on a tubular netted ring. The trillion is then connected to an oval CZ and a beaded ring. Two flat circular discs, that are embellished with cup chain, and two round CZ's then flank the pendant. A tubular netting technique encloses 2mm fire polish beads for a beautiful and flexible rope-style necklace, ending in two beaded buttons and a connector loop.

When a plan comes together, beautifully, it does make you feel like doing the happy dance, so "Shall We Dance?"

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Skill level: Intermediate to advanced. The student should be comfortable with netting and peyote stitch.

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