It’s here!!! And boy, did I take this one down to the wire. In fact, I just finished my necklace about 2 hours ago, and minutes ago, I finished uploading my pictures. I didn’t intend for it to be that way, but I made a couple of design errors that I had to rework. And for this challenge, I told myself that I would not use ribbon since the Sari Ribbon blog hop is coming up, but I ended up using it here anyway. It was the best way to correct one of my design flaws, and in the end, I liked how it looked. (If you want to know what my original kit looked like, click here.)
I’ve been wanting to do a necklace with a front closure for a long time, and when I saw the lucite teardrops, and the branch, I immediately saw them as a toggle. I tried the open teardrop with the branch, and I just didn’t like it. Then I remembered I had an oversized split ring in my stash that I had gotten as a little freebie from B’Sue Boutiques ( she ALWAYS includes little treats in your order). I tried that with the branch, and it didn’t look overwhelmed.
Once the toggle was in place, the rest of the necklace took shape pretty easily. I added in some copper leaf stampings, copper chain and copper Swarovski crystals from my stash. However, at the end, I realized my lengths of chain were a bit too short. I tried linking them with braided strands of complimentary color seed beads, but it looked too stiff. So once again, I pulled out my stash of Sari, and used that on the neckline.
I was going to use the filigree pieces from the kit as connectors in the necklace, but I didn’t like the look. (That’s one reason the chain was too short-after I took off the filigrees, I lost about an inch and a half on each side.)Instead, I colorized them with Lumiere Pearl Turquoise, and attached Ice de Crystal flowers from Jewels Designs, and accented them with Swarovski crystals that Tara Plote had included with my Bead Soup. Voila! One pair of earrings!
Here’s a close up view of the filigree treated with the lumiere. I love the aged look it gives it.
I also made a second pair of earrings with the red glass beads. I combined them with 3mm Swarovski crystals, and copper leaves leftover from the necklace.
Thank you, Michelle, for putting this together! I am already looking forward to the next one. Here’s the list of everyone participating in this current challenge:
Tell Your Girlfriends
As I Bead It
Wild Roses and Blackberries
Laurel Moon Jewelry & Beads
Lutka & Co
Lucid Mood Studio
Bead Lola Bead
Beads & Books
Blog by Salla
Falling into the Sky
Beads and Bread
Pearl and Pebbles
The Bead Junkie
Here are some additional views of my creations.