Monday, November 12, 2012

Inspired by Native American Ruins

A short fifteen minute drive east from St. Louis is the source of inspiration for my latest project. The Native American civilization known as the Cahokia Mounds was one of the most thriving and prominent cities in North America at one time. The ancient ruins are located in Collinsville, Illinois. The visitors center has artifacts and findings on display that explain aspects of the Mississippian culture. For Native Americans, a  feather symbolizes trust, honor, strength, wisdom, power and freedom. 

Create this culturally inspired necklace with Blue Moon Beads. It is easy to create, and is the perfect project to make with your friends and family members to remember your visit to Cahokia Mounds. 

Supplies &Tools:
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Flush cut/wire cutters
  • 16 inch snake chain necklace 
  • 18 inch glass bead necklace
  • Assorted bead mix - turquoise & black
  • Earring components - both metal and feather
  • Jump rings - oval and round sizes
  • Metal head pins & eye pns
  • Round Metal Connector
  • Small piece of chain
Use jump rings to extend the 16 inch snake chain to 18 inches, and attach the turquoise necklace. Start to build the pendant of this necklace by using jump rings to attach the round metal connector to the strands. Use headpins and eye pins to create the components that dangle. Both feathers and the chain are attached with jump rings. Use assorted beads and chain to finish off the design.

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