When I saw the Yayaya Necklace by Kay Sommers, the artist behind Popnicute jewelry, I knew I had to share it with you.
Aesthetically, the necklace is stunning. But to my jewelry-making eyes, the creative structural construction was even more eye-catching. Kay has incorporated one of her signature cocoon beads into this necklace; the bead serves both as the pendant’s bail and as a major design element of the piece. Turning the structural necessities of jewelry such as bails, bezels, and clasps into decorative highlights is one of the aspects of wire wrapped jewelry that I find most intriguing.
Having completed the necklace, Kay moved on to create a pair of matching earrings.
Here are some other examples of the use of cocoon beads in Popnicute jewelry.
Recently, Kay made a basic cocoon bead tutorial available for purchase. This tutorial teaches how to make basic cocoon beads like those shown below. An advanced tutorial will be available in the future teaching how to expand on the basic bead in some of the ways shown above.