This handmade bead embroidered collar is inspired by the Egyptian Goddess, Artemis. She is often portrayed wearing a red and gold toga. This is the first collar I made, and as such, has much more by way of seed bead design elements and less freeform focal pieces.
The central focal cabochon is handcrafted from polymer clay layered with gold leaf. Other elements include pressed glass, garnets, Swarovski crystal and carnelian.
The collar has two discs of polymer clay attached to a hook and eye clasp for closure. It is an heirloom piece, all hand crafted, each bead individually stitched (or in the case of the central focal , glued) onto backing fabric. The entire piece is then backed with ultrasuede, which is a beautifully soft but resilient man-made fabric that does not fray. The clasp, chain and rings are all gold plated.