I'm ending out the month with a special piece that I made for myself. I've been needing a long necklace to wear with sweaters in the winter, and wanted something in pastels. So I pulled out Nan's aqua heart that I'd been hoarding all months and began.
I've been collecting beads I've made, along with a few lampwork orphans from favorite artists. A resin rosebud, a slab of pink Peruvian opal, a couple of aventurine leaves, a Thai silver heart, and a large lavender Cubic Zirconia round joined all the beads. A couple hours of wiring later, and I had this:
To make the double prong at the top of the bead, I ran two pieces of 20 gauge wire together and created ONE wrapped loop for the bottom of the bead. I then ran the two wires up through the top, made a loop up high, and wrapped the neck down about six times. That gave me the links I needed to create the profile I wanted.
For the bottom of the pendant, I used a Hip Chick Beads sterling charm that says "Just Be You". This will remind me to focus on being true to me, to not worry that I'm not perfect, to just be the best person I know how to be, and that everything should turn out OK if I do that. The ceramic heart reminds me to love myself for me, and to not try and change who I am to fit a mold I don't fit into.
This necklace is also special to me because I made the majority of the beads. I made the necklace with no clasp -- it's just long enough to put over my head with no trouble. The square bead between the two aventurine leaves marks the center back of the necklace.
I'm super-pleased with this piece, and think it's a great one to end the month with. I'm incredibly grateful to Nan for her artistry and talent. I hope you've been inspired by her work, and will stop by her store soon!
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