Isn't this gorgeous! I was the final creative stop for the necklace round robin I was in. The group consisted of myself and 3 other fabulous jewelry artists - Lorelei Eurto, Mary Dodd and Kerry Bogert. This is my necklace. I borrowed the pic from Mary's blog but its been on my neck since I got it! We all started with a partially started necklace, a note about our theme, color and length preference and what inspired the start. I started with a wee bit of copper chain, the soldered pendant and the red glass jewel dangle and got this gorgeous piece back! I LOVE it, L O V E! Thank you ladies!
Now it was my turn to add my touch to their necklaces. I got the box and oohed and ahhed over each one. This was Lorelei's necklace as when I received it. I love the dusky color scheme of olive, coral and purple.
And is the finished piece! I really love it!!!!
Because of all the colors and the gorgeous floral charm, I felt like it had a "Secret Garden" feel so I went in that direction with it. I added my own handcrafted resin charms to pull it together. A small patinaed brass house with "secret" bezel charm, a small copper bezel filled with pearls and resin and a tiny sterling bird charm.
This was is Mary's necklace, it has a earthy ephemeral feel to it. Mary had written in her note about what inspired her necklace start, and talked about breath.
And this is how I interpreted that while keeping the necklace at the length she desired. I love her coppery browns and purples in this. I created a tiny bottle reliquary with a bit of purple moss in it. I also added a large tumbled amethyst bead, and a faceted carnelian briolette.
Last but certainly not least is Kerry's necklace. I borrowed this pic from Mary's blog.
This one challenged me. It was shy at first and didn't want to give me any clues about what to add to it. I love the aqua silk coupled with sterling and gunmetal. I pulled out all kinds of things, yet nothing seemed 'right'. I added things, took them off again a number of times. After 2 days of not doing anything of justice to this piece I set it aside to let my subconscious mind work on it for a while. That night I had a dream about it and in the morning came up with this.
I wanted to tie in the rich orange with the turquoise so I created a double sided Patera pendant with vintage bird images and resin. Keeping with the asymetrical feel, I untied the silk from one side and doubled it up along with the gunmetal chain section, added a few Hyacinth Swarovski crystals, some glass beads and a sterling toggle clasp. I think it fits Kerry's cheery personality.
I had a great time adding my own flavor to each of these necklaces. Thank you girls for playing with me!