Thursday, March 19, 2009
Sunshine Jell-O Necklace...
I was looking at the picture from my recent post about a very sunny Jell-o dessert and became smitten with the color palette. I just love how the saturated cast shadow and refracted sunlight are as juicy and sweet looking as the actual dessert. Seeing it again made me want to translate it into a jewelry piece. It just goes to show how inspiration can come from unlikely places.
I started off by embellishing a length of chain with densely clustered wire-wrapped dangles. For the dangles, I used pearls, vintage German glass, irradiated chip gemstones, vintage lucite, and coral beads from Talisman Associates. I also used carnelian, sunstone, and citrine from Bead Trust, Czech glass from Raven's Journey, (topaz and fire opal) Swarovski crystals from Fusion Beads, vintage sequins from Gail Crosman Moore, Egyptian crystal from Beads and Rocks, and headpins from Earth2Sea Jewelry Supply (Etsy seller E2SSupplies) and Ornamentea. (There are also one or two lampwork beads that I made long ago when I experimented with glass.)
Since the focal dangle is so busy and has a lot going on, I decided to keep the rest of the necklace pretty simple. It's just copper cable chain (from Ornamentea) with occasional gold-filled wire-wrapped links strung with fire opal Swarovski bicones. I also wanted the clasp to be simple and used a natural brass one from Vintaj.