|Amur Maple Necklace|
Here's a closer look!
When I went the Gem and Lapidary Workers Show a couple weeks ago here in Minneapolis, I found at my favorite cabochon supplier, a "Cherry Creek Jasper" which reminded my of the glorious color in this tree. I bought some ovals and tiny rounds and could not wait to play with them!
I have developed a passion for Miyuki 24k Gold Delicas. I had some Dark Gold Rainbow, and they brought a beautiful bronzy rust to the color palette. I bezeled everything and played around with embellishments.
I decided that I wanted to feature the beautiful stones, and also, wanted to continue playing with connections between components, with those shapes playing a starring role in the piece, so removed all the picots and began to connect the elements.
Oh, and one step back, when thinking about a neck strap, I remembered my "spoils of war." Going to "war" in the Battle of the Beadsmith brought an AWESOME set of dog tags to my home as a token of participation. Along with the tags were some wonderful 6mm Czech brass tile beads. I got them out and played with them until they looked a bit antique, and wove up two straps. You can see the progression of my design, step by step from right to left, with a change in each generation, until the final one, which became the strap. Oh, those fantastic 6/0 beads are Czech too, I've been saving them for something special, and this seemed the right time!
I attached them to check the drape of my connections, and to be able to see how the strap and the focal piece worked together. I am really interested in an airy look to my beadwork, and negative space that creates lovely shapes. But once the strap was in place, I decided that some of the connections needed amplification to work effectively with the substantial strap. So, with a stronger edge in mind...
|The black background really helps focus the negative spaces and the improved relationship to the neck strap through the added connections at the edges and between strap and focal piece.|