I love the description of this picture: "To some, it may look like a portal into the distant universe. To others, it may appear as the eye of a giant. Given poetic license, both are correct. Pictured above is a standard fisheye view of the sky — but with an unusual projection. The view is from a perch in New Zealand called Te Mata Peak, a name that translates from the Maori language as “Sleeping Giant”. The wondrous panorama shows the band of our Milky Way Galaxy right down the center of the sky, with the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds visible to the right. The red hue is atmospheric airglow that surprised the photographer as it was better captured by the camera than the eye..."
I'm calling it my Sky Portal Necklace. I chose the pink and purple Bead Gallery® beads first and they kept winding themselves into a circle like the "eye" in the photo. The wire had to be antique brass to reflect the color palette, but it took me a little while to figure out how to make a circular component that would look somewhat ethereal but be substantial enough to hold its shape. 20-gauge German-Style wire from Beadalon turned out to be the ticket. I added a double-strand of beaded chain to work in a little more color.
Share your own designs and see what Erin Prais-Hintz, Molly Schaller, Andrew Thornton and other Pretty Palettes Challenge participants are making this month over on the Halcraft Inspiration Blog.