I wire-wrapped a few dangles onto the center pendant including a tiny pearl and added some round, dark wood beads here and there.
The clasp is hand-crafted sterling silver hook and eye from Atlantis Glass and Bead.
Love it or hate it, it IS finished. And it's definitely different!
As soon as I saw this gorgeous, feminine ceramic piece from Yolanda's Clay, it immediately reminded me of my maternal grandmother. She LOVED pink and was known for her rose gardens as well.
I knew I wanted to make something with an antique feel and feminine details.
This airy, large-link brass chain was perfect - although I did run into a problem with it being more of a yellowy-green brass than most of the rest of the more dark brown brass wire and findings in my stash. Oh, and it came from Michael's, too, LOL!
I found a few more metal pieces in this color (at...where else?...Michael's) like this flower charm and then I decided that I and any potential customers will just have to "get over" the touches of darker brass on the wire and jump rings. I added a tiny blue pearl here to pick up the splash of blue in the pendant.
A green coin pearl, dark pink shell disk, vintage blue melon glass bead and gold Swarovski pearl add the perfect touches of color up the other side of my "Watercolor Garden" necklace.
Clasp is a simple lobster claw with a Czech glass flower and Swarovski pearl dangle.
Overall, I think Mimi would be proud.
For this last set, I wanted to make something really rich and elegant looking. As soon as I saw these lampwork beads, I kept thinking "purple" and "gold" (even though the beads themselves have silver accents).
Still, they have that bit of greenish-yellow twisting through them and I think that allows the gold to work.
Dyed purple jade disks and teal vintage Czech glass melon beads made great accents.
I also had a couple of tiny glass lampwork nuggets in swirled purple from the same vendor as the main lampwork beads and I threw them in to keep the design from being too predictable. You can see one of them at the top of this picture. The purple at the bottom is the more solid dyed jade.
The clasp is a vermeil S clasp set with genuine amethyst.
I call this necklace "Sea Jewels."
Not much to show for almost 6 months of work plus a week of vacation, but like I said, it was a real struggle. I'm starting to feel better about things, though. I do have one other piece almost finished, but I ran out of 20 gauge wire so will have to work on something else until the replacement order comes in.
Thanks to everyone for the fun comments on the vacation pics (and the 7th grade science and history lecture that went along with it LOL). You are all good sports for sitting through that. There's more to come, but I'm trying to space it out a bit so I don't drive everyone off ;-)
Have a great day!