I am not sure how much you know about me yet, but I just love the career path I have chosen, custom handmade jewelry. And I wanted to give you a glimpse into my world. So, if you didn’t see my last post on my creative process you can check how my crazy creative mind works. Today, I want to take you through one particular necklace I just created. I picked this one for a couple of reasons:
- I am so in love these beads!
- I want to show you how I flow through my handmade jewelry process
- And I want to show you how things change or the epiphanies I get along the way
The main focus of this necklace are the largest beads made from Spiny Oyster. I just fell in love with them at the gem fair. I just couldn’t wait to get started. These will be perfect for a fall fashion since Sangria will be a popular 2014 Fall color.
You may be able to tell from the picture, but these are relatively large, heavy beads. I wanted them to be the focus, but without adding 15 lbs to your outfit. So my design focuses on 5 spiny oysters beads and a large chain to disperse the actual and visual weight.
While adding them to the chain, I decided I needed clusters of various beads to add texture and color. I immediately chose pearls and garnets, since those matched so well. The pearls as well as the oyster allude to the sea. I realized something was missing while I was adding the clusters and then I noticed the caramel color in the spiny oyster and it POPPED into my head, caramel colored crystal would give the color and the sparkle this piece needed!
I started adding the clusters and how I originally planned it changed, all for the better. My original plan almost NEVER stays the same from concept to finished product. But that is the fun part, I get to problem solve and continually adapt at every moment.
When I finished the last cluster, I knew this wasn’t what I had original planned and I was so happy with the result!
Now I have to name it! Help me out! What would you name this necklace? Leave me a comment below.
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