... so I asked Jeannie if she could send me another, but in a different colorway. And when she sent it, I couldn't believe how well it segued into a past project I hadn't quite finished.
Last year I ran a Memories and Thanks Blog Hop. I made one necklace using the beads my friend Mari had set aside for me, but I still had a secret stash of beads she'd given me that were looking for the perfect focal. Thanks to Jeannie, I got it.
This particular gin blossom has a lovely vintage patina of copper and verdigris green. Mari had sent me her own blend of Bead Soup -- an assortment of crystals and Czech glass in earth tones, burgundy, and teal. She also sent two amazing rounds of jasper that have a silky smooth finish. Using a smaller size copper chain (as the Czech beads are 4 mm to 6 mm in size), I got to work making my favorite jewelry element -- lots of dangles.
Even though this looks like a random assortment of dangles, they actually all match. I started by measuring off the chain with the teal Czech glass, leaving four links between each dangle. I cut the end of the chain and wire-wrapped the jasper and reconnected the top to plain copper chain. For a little glimmer, I used antiqued chain but bright copper head pins, which picked up the copper leaf on the gin blossom pendant.
Then it was a matter of spacing out the colors. I had each pile of beads in its own color group, and worked my way through each pile, making sure I had the same color in the same link on each side. Most of the time I'm not quite this meticulous in "matching the randomness", but there was a pleasure in putting order to the chaos that got these little beads to me in the first place.
The clasp is a copper flower lobster claw, and I added a couple of leftover Czech glass beads to the end ring. I like searching for pretty clasps, and this worked beautifully with Jeannie's flower pendant, don't you think?
I really appreciate that Jeannie has been so generous with her beads in the past years, and am grateful that I was able to make this with beads from TWO friends. You can visit Jeannie's store by clicking here, and if you're a designer interested in participating in the Echo Creative Club challenge, find out more by clicking here.
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