A Pendant of Windows
This piece features a total of six Cosmic Windows components, arranged in a tetrahedral geometry with one component on each of the six edges of the tetrahedron. This 3D arrangement gives the pendant a great deal of depth and dimensionality that photos can't entirely capture. Here it is on its edge on a jewelry bust:
The main tetrahedral body of the pendant is about an inch and a half in diameter; on the big side for a beaded bead, but not quite too big for a beaded pendant.
A Variation on a Bracelet
The Cosmic Windows design originally started as a bracelet, featuring six linked components woven with Miyuki tila beads and seed beads, which come together to frame the irregular cosmic Swarovski crystals that give the piece its name. Here's a photo of this bracelet in its original antique colorway:
With a little bit of beaded fringe and a bail for an ear wire, the Cosmic Windows components also make fancy matching earrings:
I used the same silver and blue colorway for this pendant:
Dimension and Symmetry
Each component in the pendant is joined together at the corners of the tetrahedron with additional briolette crystals and Japanese seed beads. It took a few attempts to get it to hold its shape, but I was surprised at how I didn't need that many additional beads to join the components together (it did, however, require many passes of thread!) A beaded bail and a bunch of beaded fringe finish the pendant.
I'm thinking that it would also make a very fancy Christmas ornament too!
The original Cosmic Windows beading pattern and kits are available at www.beadorigami.com. If you're interested in learning how to make this variation from the original pattern, drop me a line!