Steven and William Ladd, ‘Beaded Ball Necklace and Box’, 2013, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Beaded Ball Necklace and Box’, 2013, Mingei International Museum

This Beaded Ball Necklace is made with different shades and finishes of purple glass Delica beads. The beads are individually hand-sewn with thread around a wooden bead until it is completely covered. These beaded balls, varying in size, are then sewn to each other to create a strand. This strand is sewn to a Double Beaded Ball Closure (DBBC) which is composed of two beaded balls and loops that interlock. The necklace is contained inside of a black synthetic-suede box lined in purple cotton printed with black ants. The inside of the box is packed with a field of pinned scrolls made from various grey and pale blue trimmings found at an old belt factory in Brooklyn. A black grosgrain tab is sewn into the bottom of the box to aid in opening and closing.

Necklace dimensions: 22 x 1 x 1 inches.

Function and Fantasy: Steven and William Ladd. Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California. 2014. Curator Christine Knoke.

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