Thursday, April 01, 2010


First...thanks to everyone who read yesterday's entry and/or left a comment. Hope no one was too mad about the teaser at the end...I had to have SOME fun with the topic ;-)

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?)



TesoriTrovati said...

Pretty! And worth the wait ;-)
Enjoy the day!

mairedodd said...

i think you covered air... in your focal and your dangle... the swirls to me represent moving air/wind... so i think it's all good!

Kristen said...

Beautiful job! The colors together are spectacular! Love the name too!

Mel Mel said...

I love it !!!! The focal is so great !! I think that the swirls are representing the air element, so there you have your 4th. Unless your a Bruce Willis fan, then you gotta have The Fifth Element. Lol Very nice piece.

EmandaJ said...

Gorgeous! And Air is there, under the horse's hooves!


Lori's Glassworks said...

Very nice! I like your color choice.

lunedreams said...

wow that czech glass is luscious! love the color! I really like what you've paired it with--the agate and copper. great palette. very nicely done wrapping!

Sirkka´s photo and art said...

Nice speed on the horse.

Marie Cramp said...

I think this necklace is stunning!! That fire agate is gorgeous, I love the colour and the shape. I think that the "air" element is in the necklace. The first thing I thought when I saw the horse was that he was flying through the air. So you didn't miss the mark on that one at all!
Great job :)