My first piece of jewelry made with beads sent from Libby Leuchtman is a long, long necklace -- very bohemian, but very chic, too, in-my-not-so-humble-opinion. I say that because this is one of those pieces that flowed from mind to bead to wire to chain to finished, like a stream flows to river to ocean. What all that nonsense means is once I figured out the focal, the rest of the necklace figured itself out quickly and easily and I felt like my mind just took over my fingers. Which was a pretty wild feeling!
I present, "Bohemian Rhapsody".
I backed Libby's 1.25" handmade glass pendant with a copper flower from Ornamentea. I used the turquoise, bone rondelles, Czech pumpkin beads, the unique patterned glass beads, and two of the sterling silver beads throughout the necklace.
From my own stash, I added copper washers that I hammered and patinated, used sterling silver wire and jump rings, and triple lengths of copper chain (also from Ornamentea). The result? A long, dramatic, but not overpowering necklace -- my rendition of "flower power".
The most important part of putting this necklace together is making the pendant lie correctly against the flower. Gently apply pressure to the bottom of the flower, curving it towards the front of the bead to help cradle the glass a bit. I also made sure to connect the large jump ring to the tallest point of the flower, knowing gravity would pull it upwards. Lying on the table, you can get the pendant to look perfect in the middle of the coreopsis, but hold it up, and this is how it REALLY looks...
... which looks completely fine to me, but when working with open wire pieces like this, it's always a good idea to stop and hold the focal up to see how things will REALLY look when the necklace hangs before putting all your time into the rest of the necklace design.
I am in LOVE with this necklace, and I'm keeping it. I rarely keep anything I make, but this one, I'm keeping. In fact, I wore it today, and I can tell you that even though the necklace is quite long, the flower pendant didn't flip back and forth very much at all.
And that's my Sage Advice Point #2 -- if in doubt, wear it out. Wear something once if you have the slightest nagging doubt about how something will wear, lie, or roll around.
I'm looking forward to creating with the rest of the beads Libby sent -- stay tuned!
and if you're in St. Louis, MO...
(PS -- If you missed my article about being an entrepreneur -- the stay-at-home version, just click here).