When I was much younger, I really disliked the paisley*** motif as I thought it was old fashioned. Indeed, this distinctive tear drop shape has a long history.  All is now forgiven as I love it in jewelry designs.  One stunning example I came across is the wire and bead paisley pendant tutorial by Russian metalsmith, Olga Shestopalova.

She solders the main tear drop frame.  You can always adapt the design and use wire work to complete the foundation.

The tutorial is in Russian. So either use  Google Translate or follow my favorite method. For computer users, use the Chrome browser,  you will be asked if you want a translation or right click on any white space and select translate to English. For mobile device users, use the Chrome app (free) and agree to the translation when asked.

***The paisley motif is Persian in origin - the boteh or buta was used in textiles for centuries. It became wildly popular in the 18th and 19th centuries after the British brought back beautiful and luxurious Indian (Kashimiri) shawls using paisley motifs.  We know it as paisley as the name comes from the Scottish town of Paisley whose textile industry began using the motif in their fabrics for more affordable shawls.

Some American traditional quilters call them Persian pickles. The Welsh call them Welsh pears! The paisley has traveled far from its Indo-Iranian roots!

BBC : Paisley : The Story of a Classic Bohemian Print

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