Saturday, October 10, 2015

Show 'N Tell Special Items And A Rain Dance Challenge Winner

 Rain Dance

 
Rain Dance is a necklace that was made for a Challenge Project that was themed "Water." 
So I made water. (see more below)

but first ...

Here are some special items that I have been working on. 

  
Carnelian Bow Tie Necklace

This is my Bow Tie Link Chain Carnelian Necklace. It features a gorgeous chunk of well polished Carnelian. The carnelian is very thick, shaped into a round and then domed. Set in antiqued brass with a tube bail, a tiny piece of turquoise contrasts the deep warm shades of the carnelian.  Matching turquoise beads have been added along with shiny antique brass beads to black niobium links which hold each bow tie link together. 

The brass used in this chain will gradually achieve its antiqued patina.  I added one of my handmade hook and ring clasp also made with niobium.








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The Pepsi Necklace

 These beautiful bubble beads were made by Sooz Beads, Colsterworth, England, and the black disks are black onyx.  




We have a family member that absolutely loves all fizzy drinks, and one of her favorite (brown) ones is Pepsi. So with a Birthday coming up I decided that a Pepsi necklace might be a great gift. This is a special necklace in that it has no clasp. This type of necklace is perfect for someone that has issues with fine motor skills.  It is a choker that goes over the head; two features that usually don't go hand-in-hand together in a necklace.  I made some adaptations to the usual clasping system and opted for an elastic one. 
 
I think I'll be making this style of necklace again very soon, since I have a new cute Siamese Cat bead, and cats are also beloved beings in our family.





Cool Refreshing Pepsi


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Rain Dance
the challenge... 




Jewelry challenges are great ways to hone ones skills while allowing the creativity go wild.  Another interesting angle is that even though a person gets to let their creativity run amok, they still have guides to follow, and these guides are called "Themes." Usually anything goes as long as it is jewelry that is within the Theme named.

The theme for this challenge was "Water"


Rain dance was created from a blank palette. 





 Using lampwork beads handmade by Sonja at SilverRiverGlass, I added them to bits of antiqued brass rolo chain, and then added little droplets of perfectly clear glass.  The droplets dangle at uneven lengths. They twist and turn and flip over the chain so they are in constant motion, just like the rain as it falls.




This choker necklace rides high yet comes with a 2" extender chain made from assorted matching links of niobium, and a handmade niobium hook clasp.


Just because the theme was water, who was to say that it had to be the ocean, a beach scene, or an underwater excursion filled with shells, sea glass and clown fishes?
I chose rain water.

I won First Place!





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