Jane sent me two marvelous sets of handmade lampwork glass beads, and I made an ocean-themed necklace with the first set, which you can see by clicking here. LOVE her placid blue beads! The second set is a complete opposite -- fiery reds and oranges, and I was smitten at first glance.
I knew immediately what I wanted to do with these -- make a really long necklace with a bunch of different wire linkages. So I ordered more of these luscious beads and got to work.
I modeled this necklace after one of my favorite necklaces by Cindy Wimmer. The very first time I met Cindy, she was wearing this amazing necklace with tons of wire links in it and I immediately fell in love with it. Every time she wears it I reach out for it and sit and stare at it, just mesmerized at her work. My wire work is not at all like hers (I need to commission a necklace from her, pronto) but I did my best, and it's thanks to Cindy and her tutorials in the book Wire Style 2 that I got this necklace made.
So here's the necklace, which I call "Tequila Sunrise".
(I hope you can forgive the photography -- it's been a hopeless few days of rain and clouds here and trying to color correct anything is virtually impossible.)
The pendant portion of this necklace was a happy accident. I'd first thought of only using the large wire-wrapped ring, and dangling the orange/red/black bead section from it. But when I set the beads down to go do something else, they ended up next to the second horseshoe shaped bit, and I had an "a-ha" moment. I wire-wrapped a bit of 24ga wire around the bottom of the section, then added the black beads in the middle. Add all three pieces together and you get a long, dramatic pendant.
Next, I started linking together beads to individual wire sections. Everything is oxidized and then buffed with steel wool.
Since the necklace is long, I made it clasp-less. I made the back-of-the-neck section out of the remaining disk beads (letting all the prettiest beads have all the attention) and a small coiled bead.
Altogether, from my so-not-sunny living room, it looks like this:
I wish the weather had cooperated because this is a stunner of a necklace (Jane's beads are spectacular) but I think the rain may be making a good point -- even in the gray mist of a yuck-o day, wearing pretty, vibrant jewelry can make your heart and spirit sing.
I've really enjoyed working with Jane's beads, and I hope you've enjoyed the creations!
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