Prayers for Peace

Prayers For Peace Necklace 1

Whenever I turn on the news, it seems like there’s more and more violence happening in the world. I always feel so helpless in the face of all of the sadness and suffering going on. What can I do to help? I am one person, living a quiet, middle-aged life in my little corner of this world.

I thought about this as I beaded the triangles for this necklace, one by one. As I got into the meditative rhythm of adding one bead at a time, I found myself moving to a deeper place, a silent place, and I started to send out positive thoughts and prayers for healing. On the path of those thoughts and prayers, this necklace was born. I call it Prayers for Peace.

Prayers For Peace Necklace 2

I was inspired to create these beaded triangles when I received my copy of the wonderful Contemporary Geometric Beadwork by the fabulous Kate McKinnon and her beady tribe.

I started out with an exploration of colors and patterns.

Beaded Triangles

I then moved on to the creation of a more organized beaded piece – a necklace.

Prayers For Peace Necklace 3

I chose a warm color and a cool color to represent the energies of light and dark and the healthy balance of these energies. Like yin and yang.

Prayers For Peace Necklace 4

The biggest challenge with this piece came after I had beaded all of the triangles. Now how do I connect them together to form a necklace? I thought about this for awhile and had come up with several options when one day I experienced a serendipitous moment whiling creating some headpins with silver wire. How about if I use a headpin as a sort of hinge attachment? And it worked.  Most excellent.

Prayers For Peace Necklace 5

Using the same headpins, I then created some chain links and a triangle shaped clasp link.

I’m really enjoying my foray into the geometric beady world these days. Stay tuned for further adventures as I explore beading a cuff with “horns and wings”. Think Klingon warrior and the colors of tea!

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”

~Kurt Vonnegut

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10 comments on “Prayers for Peace

  1. Judy Shea says:

    Wow.. I shared on FB.

  2. Dora says:

    Love it, Karen !!! Such a marvelous way to arrange those dimensional triangles, and the connections are so clever, although I can’t quite figure out if they are joined together or terminated with a loop in the back………..

  3. TriciaLee says:

    WoooooooooooW, Karen!!! I love your beading…. and love love your post sentiments! So wonderful that you put together prayers for peace. The necklace is lovely.

  4. Gardi89 says:

    This is really nice, I can’t even imagine amounts of patience required to do something like that!

  5. Hello, I found your beautiful necklace – what a job you did! The story that comes with it is also great.
    Best regards
    Franziska Pettersson

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