Along with the components above, Melanie sent a house pendant. Today I finally had some time to work with these unique pieces.
I'll admit -- these are way outside my comfort zone. I'm a colorful-lampwork-glass-and-sterling-silver kind of girl. So I spent some time with both my trusty graphic designer's color book, opened lots and lots of bags and boxes of beads, and finally decided to NOT color coordinate the beads but go for the unexpected -- pink.
I call this "Flowers in my Cabin" and imagine a cabin out in the woods -- WAY out in the woods -- where a solitary person lives with loads of books and happily cultivates beautiful flower gardens.
The brass chain isn't oxidized, or raw brass, but rather a nice, warm brass, which I thought complimented the brick-work around the window nicely.
And what flower garden would be complete without a bird?
Since the pendant is so striking, the necklace is basically the pendant, flower cluster, and the bird with a single flower floating above it part way up the chain. Nice and simple.
Next comes the Cabin Fever components. I used the toggle and one of the disks. I had some very cool polymer clay beads on hand and got cracking.
The blue reminds me of the color of porch ceilings in the old cabins at the seashore -- I'm imagining the ones up in Maine. The wood-grained ceramic toggle and disk mimicked the vision I had of the summer cabin, and the blue could just as easily represent the ocean.
I linked the beads together with bronze rings and added one single wood square, wrapping it with Vintaj wire.
This one is called "Seashore Cabin".
So what do you think? Did I meet the challenge well? Working with components outside my comfort zone is often more difficult for me when my brain is tired (and it's been tired lately) but I like what I came up with.
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.