It takes me a while to put finished jewelry together. I feel it's a little of a luxury for me to spend time that way, instead of making components.
On Sunday I spent a few hours putting this necklace together. I had made three pewter components and I wanted to put them together.
Once I got started, I thought it would be fun to make a really special necklace.
The icon medallion is used at the clasp, with glass beads and a dangle. To make the closure kind of fun.
I had some silver chain with a dark patina, to use in combination with the main focal.
The beads in the dangle from the main focal use several beads of carved bone that were brought to me by someone I knew years ago. I haven't used them, they felt too special. But this piece called for them.
One is a carved elephant design. The other looks like a floral, or a crossed circle.
The dangle bead is a crown with fleur de lys, with a picasso finished bright red glass heart bead for the dangle.
I wanted it to feel like something from an ancient culture, maybe Tibetan or ancient Egyptian Coptic.
There are dark and light, red and coppertoned elements.
It hangs in a sort of diamond shape, with the center dangle being the longest of the three.
I really like how it turned out. I am thinking of putting a word or phrase on the top pewter piece, if something comes to me that tells the whole story of the necklace. It has a lot of movement and interesting areas to fiddle with fingers, texture for the eye and feeling for the skin.
And it has a tiny bit of a gothic, romantic feeling to it also. As though it was found in a castle in Transylvania.
Fun to make, fun to wear. I won't let myself feel guilty for spending the time making it - otherwise it wouldn't exist as it does now. And that's something special.
From my thoughts, through my hands, to reality.