We decided to do a WIP swap...what does that mean, you ask? Well, Sherri and I both have odds and ends of macrame or beadwork floating around. We decided to each pick out a few pieces to send the other person, to be assembled into a finished necklace by the recipient, then sent back to the original creator. I knew, with my past sewing experience, that I would have no problem attaching threads and working off of Sherri's macrame. But I needed to do a bit of work to make my pieces workable for her - they needed to have loops that the cords could be wrapped over, or larger beads that the cords could pass through. You will have to check out Sherri's post to see a picture of what I sent her...I was to excited to pop them in the mail to take a proper pic!
I eagerly awaited the arrival of Sherri's pieces...and I was not disappointed!
Pinterest - I figured that even though there wasn't a ton of purple, and a few colors I knew I didn't want to use, that I would take cues from this palette. I really like the feel of this picture - the serenity of a cold winter day, the sun peeking through a gap in the mountains, the need to be bundled up in order to enjoy the scene.
I had some trouble starting though. Everything I tried at first either looked like a bad hairdo, or a beard.
But how to attach the circles together? All on one side, or distributed between the two? Did I want a more literal interpretation of the midnight sun?
I just love how she turned out. This is the second time I've tried a looped fringe woven together with 2-holed twin beads. You might remember the first effort from my recent Auction necklace. I got a bit more elaborate with this one. I had to add some more embellishment to one side of the face ring too - to balance the strung side of the strap, both visually and physically. I am so happy to have found a home for that fish bead...I know I bought him when we were still living in Alaska!
Reflections of the sun? Planets? Magnified suns? Ripples in the water? You decide!
Three straight strands just weren't doing it for me - they were just too stark of a contrast to balance the circle side of the necklace. So (after a friend suggested it) decided to pass all three strands through large vintage lucite beads in sections...I like the swoops that the wire now makes, plus the corresponding circles of the larger junction beads.
To finish out the circle side of the strap, I decided on wire links, partly to pull some coppery colors up the strap, and also to add some physical weight up there.
You can see it better here:
The clasp is a neat hook and eye clasp with a lampwork bead and an enamel ring that Sherri sent. I used a bit of purple coated copper craft wire on the ring, just to keep the strands evenly spaced.
And you know I always have to end on a beauty shot. I love how serene she looks here!
I do encourage you to check out Sherri's pages, especially her Facebook page...she's always posting neat pictures. I'm sure she's going to do another blog post when she's done with her piece too. You can follow along with my beadly exploits on my Facebook page, or shop on Etsy...look for lots of new listings next week! As always, thanks for looking, and don't forget to stop by tomorrow for Sunday Funday!