This beautiful lotus is the embodiment of “grace blooming” to adorn you whether you wear it as a necklace or a ring or if you make two flowers to wear it as a ring/necklace set.  In nature, the flower buds push up through murky and muddy water, and as the bud blooms, the core remains untainted despite the mucky environment in which it began its life. This is seen as an analogy for the human spirit and our experiences in this world, regardless of how difficult or challenging our lives are, nothing can taint the purity of the human spirit. That is why the lotus is viewed in many cultures as a symbol of purity and enlightenment.  In Hinduism, it is believed that the spirit of the Sacred Lotus Flower is a part of each human being. In this tradition, it is a symbol of fertility, prosperity, beauty, divinity, and life. 
This stunning 2-in-1 necklace/ring is constructed using various stitches, including a PRAW vine shaped band that encircles two Swarovski pearls. A beautiful chaton is bezeled and surrounded by sculptured petals. The neck lariat is accented with special snake-textured fire polished beads and Swarovski pearls and is constructed with chenille stitch and PRAW that allows you to attach the pendant in a couple different ways. 
Worn as a necklace or ring it is definitely a showstopper and an amazing statement piece.

Discipline: Beading

Techniques Used: CRAW, RAW, Peyote, Albion

Skill level: Strong intermediate/advanced

Workshop cost: Member $80 Non-member $100

Kit: $125 (required) to order after registration. Three color choices.

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2023

Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm EST 

Venue: via Zoom

Instructor Name: Cliff Swain-Salomon

Instructor Bio: Cliff is an off-the-loom seed bead weaver known for creating non-traditional jewelry shapes and pushing the boundaries of color exploration. After injuring and losing use of both of his hands for over three years, he began beading when a friend recommended he try it as part of his hand rehabilitation therapy. Once he started, he was hooked.

In all of his pieces, Cliff integrates over 30 years of study in multiple fields, including graphic design, painting, sacred geometry, and chromotherapy, as well as apprenticeships with several medicine men and women.

He has exhibited his work internationally, including at the Toho Bead Galleries in Osaka and Tokyo Japan. Several publications have featured his jewelry, including Beadwork Magazine, Facet Jewelry, Bead & Jewellery UK, Beadworkers Guild Journal, and Bead & Button, to name a few. Cliff’s beadwork has earned him several awards—he was the grand prize winner of Bead Dreams in 2018, where he was chosen for the People’s Choice Award, and he also received the Facet Jewelry Reader’s Choice Award in July 2019 and Judge’s Award in November 2019. His work has been featured in ad campaigns and in a blog article for The Museum of Beadwork in Portland, Maine and Toho Beads in partnership with Bobby Beads & Starman. Toho Beads invited him to be a featured artist for their 2019, 2020, and 2021 Toho Bead Challenges. He is also a permanent ambassador for the Bead Worker’s Guild and International Beading Week, as well as the international tutor for Melbourne, Australia for 2021.

Cliff teaches beadweaving at various stores, for bead societies, and for retreats internationally. Before becoming a full-time artist/teacher, Cliff had worked as an instructor for a college of natural medicine, as a chef, and had held a private holistic medicine practice. He is married with a 4 year-old daughter and lives in California, near San Francisco.


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