As you may know, whenever you go to a big show like Bead Fest, even if you don’t get to take classes, you come away with massive amounts of creative energy and inspiration! When I got home, I cleaned and organized my house non-stop for two days before I took a break! Then I started working on the design for this necklace!
I was influenced greatly by our own Jenny Davies-Reazor – I love how she combines gemstones with her own ceramic lovelies to create amazing necklaces! And I was also influenced by Deryn Boyd Mentock. I have taken a few classes with her, in person and on-line, and I really like her style (although it’s not necessarily mine) and love learning her techniques!
While I was at Bead Fest, I only purchased three strands of gemstones from Holy and Pure Gemstone (like them) specifically for this bead!
I then went to work with my little bead board, trying to come up with a pleasing combination of beads. At first, I was only using the three strands that I purchased and just wasn’t happy with the combinations I was coming up with! Here’s two collages that show the process I went through!
I solicited a little input from my facebook friends, and decided to really mix up the beads and not stick with the three strands originally purchased. I used copper wire that I patinaed with liver of sulpher – I really like the antiqued look of copper rather than super-shiny for this necklace!
I made my own clasp as well – just a simple one, but I like it! I hammered it with my rawhide mallet to harden it and patinaed it as well.
I’m very happy with the final design. This did take me a couple of days, and even though my bead stash seems huge to me, I think I could use a few more strands of gemstones in my pile so I have more options!
Here’s the finished necklace, I really like!
What’s your process when you make a piece of jewelry – do you lay it out, switch out beads, ask for advice?