We break into the Beadfest creating frenzy with this special Art Jewelry Elements news bulletin:
Its the reveal date. For the Component of the Month. Over at Art Jewelry Elements blog.
Francesca sent us stunning bits of bling. I wasn’t aware that glass was in her repertoire, I think of her as a metals maven. She has quite a few tricks up her sleeves.
She offered to drill the dichroic glass cabs if we so desired. Nope! Cabs for me!
I debated whether or not I should dust off the old torch, solder, pickle routine. But I decided that I was still too in love with tab settings. Yup. I adore tab settings. There is a design challenge every time: to have the tabs be visually interesting, yet functional. To create unity in the piece and security…
So here is what I did this month:
The piece was so dazzling – I wanted to keep the overall necklace simple. And it was larger than I expected – so I wanted to adjust the proportions so bling was the star, naturally. I pulled inspiration from the linear elements in the glass for the necklace itself.
What’s missing? Yes, the jump rings are en route to my work table. (I just didnt have it in me to make my own this month. Sorry.)
I am thinking either sari silk for a cohesive pop of color OR simple chain to finish it off. What do you think? I want it to be app. 22-24″ to sit on the sternum.
Here’s one more – and you can see the small piece of chocolate brown leather that the cab is sitting on. It serves as a visual frame of sorts, and a cushion so the cab won’t have issues on the copper. It also sits very securely in the setting as well.
I loved the challenge this month! The bling-y qualities of the cab made me leave my earthy palette/muted tones/comfort zone. I was pleased with integrating leather as a cusion and design element – in fact I made a second piece:
I would love to hear your thoughts!
And don’t miss out on the other creations – links to all the participating members and our guest designers can be found HERE!
Have a good one!