Angkor Vat of Cambodia is one such Wonder of the world that is beyond compare . The beautiful temples, the Elephant terrace , the stone carvings , the Steps to Nirvana and not to forget the green flora fauna and the curling banyan trees all have a story to tell .
(photo courtsey http://go-seek-serve.blogspot.in/2011/08/angkor-wat-sketches-2.html )
Using cabochons, ( the cracked cabochon a symbol of ruins , seemed perfect for this project ) beads and gemstones , I have created this necklace trying to capture the calm and serene atmosphere surrounding the temples of Angkor.
assembling the components
didnt like the placement of the 3 glass beads so ripped them off to add beads around the circumference to resemble a walking path . Notice the green onyx beads depicting the Steps to Nirvana.
Focal pendant complete !!!
Added the side to make a necklace . tried free form technique so learnt brick stitch , herringbone stitch and square stitch in the process
Though I when started this project , I thought it would be a simple one , I got so carried away that I wanted to go on adding to it. And believe me it has been a journey full of self learning . Needles breaking, threads knotting, wrong shade of beads , trying to learn new bead stitches ( for me , a first timer ) it has been a fun filled period.
And I am happy by the outcome . What about you? Do you think it captures the beauty of a bygone era waiting to be made immemorable ?
Eagerly awaiting to see whether my mind`s picture of Angkor vat is true , I`m off to Cambodia to see what my mind has only imagined till now. Hope the real thing is even more beautiful and inspiring than my vision. And waiting to gather loads of inspirations for my future projects !