My Partner was Anna Lear of Laughing Raven's Studio. Anna sent me a wonderful lot of gold charms, turquoise cross focal and beads, some amazing dichroic beads, faceted onyx beads, hand wrought wire hook clasp and red sari silk. With that wonderful "soup" mix I created "Angelic Salutation"
photo ©Barbe Saint John 2011
I wanted to incorporate everything she sent into a necklace but decided to focus on the turquoise beads and red sari silk. Folks, you all KNOW my fave color is red but I almost NEVER make any red jewelry!! Why? I have no idea but maybe because I surround myself with it elsewhere in my life it doesn't come out in my jewelry work. I don't know but since this blog party is about going outside your comfort zone, I decided to really use red in this piece. You can click on each photo to see a larger image.
I used some faceted cherry quartz glass beads along with lots of bronze wire to create organic wrapping. I also added a very detailed antique brass stamping for the centerpiece. It may be hard to see in the photos but the texture in the inside of it are tiny crosses.
I also made it really long, which is also outside my comfort zone! The hook clasp is asymmetrical on the right side if you wear it this way. However if you like to wear things more at collar length, you can double wrap it around your neck, and the clasp centers perfectly in the back that way.
Thank you so much Anna for sending me such wonderful things to work with!! I hope you enjoyed what I sent to you as well!!!