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Gingko Gecko by Ellygator Gingko Gecko by Ellygator
(2013), 5"x3" for the bead panel, size 15 seed beads (silver-lined grass green, chartreuse, light gold, taupe opal and amber), gecko bone-carving, moonstone cabs, chartreuse glass drop bead, microfiber cloth, card-stock, metal wire, fireline, polyester thread.

This necklace is made up of three independent gingko leaf panels cut from microfiber cloth and covered in bead embroidery. For the largest panel I embroidered around a bone-carving of a gecko soaked in black tea to give it a light cream color and to accentuate the fine detail of the carved scales, and around three small moonstone cabs. I then backed the embroidery with card-stock and another piece of microfiber for stability and a clean look, trimmed everything to size and hemmed the edge in additional beads.

I then used four-stack brick-stitch to thread the stem of the leaf and shaped it by inserting and bending a metal wire to give it a nice smooth curve. I stitched the stem to the edge of the leaf and then continued in brick stitch to finish the right side of the necklace attaching the closure bead.

As a next step I embroidered two smaller leaves and backed them in the same way as the large main panel. I assembled the two leaves on the left on top of the main panel, gave each of them a brick-stitch stem and then combined them to thread the other side of the necklace ending in a loop to close around the bead at the end of the right strap.

The finished piece has a really nice and soft organic drape and despite the size is very comfortable and light-weight.
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QuantumElement Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016   Photographer
On a different scale this could be worn as wardrobe in a photoshoot. Plus another leaf turned upwards at the bikini area connected with the beaded rope with a piece of spring steel between the legs to another smaller leaf resolving at the back just above the buns.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! That's a really cool idea. I've never really made a wearable item from beads, but with embroidery being so versatile it would really lend itself to become at least a part of a wearable item.
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QuantumElement Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016   Photographer
I have thought about it before but have never tried it. I loom bead in panels of 68 beads wide and as long as 250 rows  and lack the sophisticated techniques you use. EVery time I have tried peyote beading I mess up :-)
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nativeart Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very cool.  I love lizards and this is one cool necklace.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I'd wanted to make a gingko leaf design for such a long time.
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EssiesJewels Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is seriously bad ass elly! love the flow of the vines on the ginko.. i'd swear its real Ginko! :D
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I found that beading in rows similar to the veining in real leaves made all the difference...
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
This is just... WOW. I'm rather at a loss otherwise! It's so BIG but so delicate that the two balance somehow.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! This one's definitely a keeper, a little bit of a statement piece when worn, but still within acceptable parameters...
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic design, Elly!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! This one was fun!
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AlcinavomSteinsberg Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Oh, this is so lovely! ♥ I'd personally think it a bit large as a collier to wear, but in itself it's absolutely amazing.

How do you do the soaking in tea for colouring? I have a feather pendant carved from bone that looks a bit too new and clear for my taste, I might give this a try.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! You do need a fairly generously cut top for it, but it still works.

As for the tea, use a bag of the strong stuff - English or Irish breakfast is good. Steep it in about 2 inches of hot water and squeeze generously, so you get some really nice thick dark brew. Submerge the bone for about 2-3 minutes (you don't want to compromise the texture by having the carving absorb too much moisture through a too-long soak). Remove, rinse, pat dry gently with a paper towel and then buff the surface while drying. This will remove some of the stain on the top making the carving more defined by having more tea-color settle in the recesses.
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AlcinavomSteinsberg Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Thank you! I'll try it out.
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AgnieszkaKuzaj Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Incredible !!!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I am happy with how this one turned out.
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Eli-ArsNexus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is great Elly :D. I have a soft spot for ginko leaves temselves but the way you assembled them plus the lovely gecko insert makes for a great combo in terms of shapes, flow and textural&hue palette. It stands out while looking both elegant in an updated Art Nouveau way and comfortable to wear actually.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I really had a lot of fun planning and putting together this piece. For the flow of the gingko leaves I actually "played" with some paper cut-outs to find a good arrangement.
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Eli-ArsNexus Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Clever 8D.
It turned out lovely indeed.
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Eveqi Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Fantastic work :clap:
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Glad you like!
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DaniMyrick Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I like all of your pieces, but this one really stands out. Very original! :)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Arrgh, wrong answer, I thought I was replying to a comment on Moon Owl. This one would be a home for the gecko!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I just had to create a nice home for this cute owl...
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foureyes Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
:wow:....:heart:
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Eeep, wrong answer. I thought I was replying to a comment on Moon Owl. This one would of course be the gecko!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Love the little owl carving...
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OtaniFumetsu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, two of my favorite things. Ginko trees and geckos. Great combo, and really beautiful piece of jewelry. :love:
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Same here. It was nice to be able to combine them.
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TeddyRadiator Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Writer
You've outdone yourself with this one, Elly - actually, I think I say that every time, but you constantly reach new standards of gorgeousness.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I am really happy you like it.
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borysbrytva Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful! I love lizards! :-)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, me too!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
:jawdrop:
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! This one was fun!
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Celefindel Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, this is really cool!!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! Glad to find a nice home for this cute gecko!
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Karloz030985 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:wow: so much work in this piece!!! really beautiful elly...;)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It was a bunch of stitches, that's for sure...
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AoiShu Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
I LOVE GINGKO!!!!!!!
It' so awesome, for lack of better word.. Just beautiful!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I also love gingko leaves, such graceful shapes...
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AoiShu Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
yes! I just want to wear them ^_^ <3
And in Autumn they look much more cheereful that Japanese maple. So shiny and golden!
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MrsPhantomSylvia Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Youre amazing!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So glad you like it. Thanks!
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harlewood Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
A beautiful piece Elly! Your bead embroidery is superb.
Love the sinuous curves of the leaf stems creating perfect harmony and balance.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I did some planning around the necklace part and had more complex solutions involving additional brick-stitched leaves. However, in the end just extending the stems seemed the less fussy and more elegant solution.
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koshanez Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
so unusual and cute design! -)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I had a lot of fun planning this one.
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Moon-Phace Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! I love that it's asymmetrical; it has a great natural flow.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I actually made some paper cut-outs to play around with to find an arrangement that seemed to work...
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