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One of my favorite flowers here in the Sierra Nevada is the Harlequin Lupine (Lupinus stiversii). It is slightly rare to see it and when you do, it is always a treat – like finding candy or bubblegum.  I attempted to create a necklace resembling this beautiful wildflower.

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Although difficult to locate the exact colors, I hand-wove these flower and leaf charms using Czech glass beads and assembled necklace using wood jasper and antiqued brass findings. Below is my image of real harlequin lupine flowers:

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This necklace will be one of the items on exhibit at the 14th annual Sierra Art Trails in Oakhurst, California, September 30-October 2, 10-6, where Julia Bristow Jewelry will be exhibiting as artist #30 at Class, The Body Pastiche Studio,  with artist #29, Kathy Marks, and artist #31, Karen Tillison.

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Harlequin lupine – This photo is by Steve Montalto

Steve Montalto of High Mountain Images,  artist #50 in Sierra Art Trails 2016 will be exhibiting his work at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel on Highway 41.

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Hope to see you there!

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