If you recall, this is one of the sets Jane sent to me:
The problem I have with Jane's beads is it's hard to mess up with them. I mean, string them and add a clasp and you're pretty much done, right? So the challenge is REALLY tough -- to do something that adds a bit of creativity yet doesn't take away from the beauty of the beads.
Every single time I've made something with Jane's seashore-inspired beads, they sell. For instance, this bracelet sold as soon as I posted it on the blog:
And as you can see, I didn't do a thing to it. I linked them, added a fish, a toggle, and magic was made. Oh yes, a glass charm and a pretty toggle and sterling wire. And I decided what order to put them in, and they came from two different sets. But still, hardly innovative.
So I had a challenge on my hands.
I still don't feel I really rose to this challenge in the way I wish I could. I've been a mess this month with illness and deadlines and .... well. I feel I have to apologize for this one. The BEAUTY is Jane's beads, hands down, and I hope you visit her store, particularly here and here and even here to get started on your own creations.
But without further ado, here's my necklace, made with Jane's beads, moonstone, Swarovski crystal, and Thai silver -- "Casting Out a Net of Moonlit Dreams".
The surprise part of this necklace is how I captured the starfish in multiple strands of delicate sterling chain, creating an ersatz net of sorts. The focal bead perches atop, because I wanted that blue up front and center to just blow your mind -- but in a soft way.
Of course these photos were taken in the middle of rainy days, so you get the thoughts of going out at dawn with a net to capture these sea creatures, look at them closely to marvel at them, and then let them down gently back into their natural habitats.
I used bits of moonstone, which glows in the light, and the tiny bits of Swarovski crystal really is the exact color of one of the blues in the beads.
Now -- please keep reading. This is important.
Jane has been going through some incredibly, unfathomably difficult times this month, particularly this week. Her elderly mother is in hospice and will be passing away within days. My heart hurts for her. Therefore, I am selling this necklace at $120 and will be sending the money to Jane, who has expressed her wish to donate it to a charity.
I have a show this weekend, so if the necklace doesn't sell here on the blog my Thursday night, I'll be taking it with me. If it hasn't sold at the show, I'll be listing it on my web site and the same stipulations apply.
The pendant measures 2.25" from the bottom of the focal bead to the bottom of the starfish. The beaded portion measures 12" and the necklace measures 22" (without the pendant) but can be customized upon request. The upper chain is a double length on each side. Workmanship is guaranteed.
Please think of Jane in the coming days.
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