Beautiful, colorful, mysterious and fascinating.
The jellyfish is a member of the Phylum Cnidaria, a structurally simple group of marine animals. The jellyfish is 98% water. They have a gelatinous umbrella-shaped bell and trailing tentacles that are used to catch fish. You would have thought that the tentacles of the jellyfish would make excellent rudders but although they can move by contracting their bodies, they really don’t have much control over where they go. They just drift along with the water current.
Although there are many types of jellyfish what is common to both is their radial symmetry (body parts radiating from a central axis). It is this radial symmetry that inspired this fun rope with a jellyfish pendant complete with tentacles.
Czech Gumdrops and crystal pearls form the umbrella-shaped body of the jellyfish. A netting of little beads secure all the gumdrops and crystal pearls in place. Czech daggers and sparkly crystals form the not so deadly tentacles of this jellyfish. A simple herringbone rope with different size and shapes of beads provide the necklace to hang the pendant.
Fun and intricate looking but still eminently suited to the intermediate beader.
Gumdrop Jellyfish appears in Issue 17 of Perlen Poesie.
Gumdrop Jellyfish Tutorial Booklet