I created the medallion on this special necklace, using my new belt sander -- the one that I showed in my last post. It's so helpful in getting down into those little crevices, to clean up after casting. Those are hard to reach, and I have to be very careful not to take off any of the medal's details.
The Eiffel Tower cast component, I just learned, is going to be featured on a design in the Spring Issue of "Stringing Magazine." I really love when that happens.
I used a large, faceted round resin bead for the dangle. I wanted it to look like a hot air ballon, floating over the skies of Paris, or maybe a medal won long ago for a balloon race. My imagination races when I start working on these emblems, I have to give them a fictional back-story.
The costume pearls were hand-dyed to get that warm, current cranberry color. It matches so well with the coppery-bronze tones of the cast pewter, and the warm copper link chain.
I hope I can remember the recipe for that warm red-brown color when I get motivated again to mix up some dyes. Time, where are you?
I did buy some white-white costume pearls last week, so I have some blanks to work with again.
This is my small-size dress form replica, I bought it a good long time ago, but it was so dark in the basement studio in Saint Louis I couldn't really seem to get the light to work with her.
But in the new studio here she is, sitting in front of a window with a white muslin curtain, very old fashioned looking. The strand of costume pearls are behind her, just the focal part of the necklace is coming over her little wicker shoulders.
This necklace was a gift for family, it has been received and hopefully is already being worn.
So I'm not giving away any surprises by showing it here!