Cynthia Rutledge - Contemporary Designs of Timeless Elegance
Spellbound Lariat
©2012 by Cynthia Rutledge

Spellbound Lariat ©2012 by Cynthia RutledgeAn Italian scientist in 1582, named Galileo, discovered that time could be told by using a pendulum. In the mid 1600's a Dutchman named Christian Huygens developed a way of using a weight driven pendulum as the driving device for a clock. It wasn't long before Long Case clocks (also known as Grandfather clocks or Tall-Case Clocks) were being produced in England.

The pendulum was being used to attempt to keep accurate time. It wasn't until the anchor escapement had been developed, that when used in conjunction with a pendulum, accuracy was achieved. The most famous clock maker, Thomas Tompion, produced the most beautiful watches and Long Case clocks, of which quite a few are still in existence today.

Spellbound Lariat ©2012 by Cynthia RutledgeShapes, reminiscent of antique clock pendulums, swing at the ends of a luxurious metal knit chain. Beaded bezel CZs become part of two 3-dimensional pendulum shapes using a combination of stitches. The openwork portion of each shape draws the viewer's eye to see if the pendulums are indeed hollow. The beaded beads use the same enticing approach, showing a bit of color inside each bead, while discreetly making the attachment to the metal knit chain.

Techniques: Netting, Peyote Stitch, flat and tubular with decreasing

Dimensions:
Each pendulum is approximately 2" long by 1" wide
Necklace length: 41.5" long

Skill level: Intermediate/advanced. Peyote stitch skills are a must.

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