Here are the results of all that "anticipation":
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I had originally planned to use regular turquoise rondelles in this design, but those lagoon blue Czech glass beads just GLOW and I think they bring a real shot of drama to the finished necklace. Sadly, my craptastic photography skills do not capture this...sigh.
Of course, I was lucky enough to have this great artist bead focal to start with.
Originally, I was going to patina all the copper with Liver of Sulfur, but after seeing this necklace in the sun - and seeing how the copper just sparkles - I decided to leave it bright.
The fire crackle agate and the picture jasper squares are from Gemme Tresor on Etsy.
Clasp is a copper toggle that I found at Tall Mouse. Of course, I had to add a little beady dangle with a spiral as a finishing touch. The spiral plays off the spiral markings on the focal bead.
I named this piece "Four Elements" because I was thinking of the earthiness of the running horse design and the picture jasper and how the agate beads look like fire and the wateriness of the Czech beads. Somehow, in all of that, I failed to realize that there's nothing in here to represent the fourth element...air.
But, I like the name.
So, I'm keeping it. After all, I was breathing air while I made it and that should count, right?
Oh, and there are earrings, too:
I couldn't decide which picture I liked better.
Maybe one of the ABA Blog Carnival themes will be indecisiveness...'cuz I could write REAMS of stuff on that topic LOL!
Tune in tomorrow for this week's Bead Porn post (y'all knew my mailbox wasn't REALLY empty, right?)