This was surprisingly a difficult necklace to make. On a trip to town, she picked out the beads and we talked about lengths and the style and everything... but what made it sort of hard to work on was that the pendant was acquired from a fellow shop owner who recently passed away. He was one of our first friends in town and every time I picked up the piece, I thought about sitting out in front of his shop and talking and about some of the inside jokes we shared. It was hard to really focus and I ended up making and taking apart and remaking this necklace several times.
I ended using a converter bail, so that my client can use this piece as a necklace or she can take the pin off and use it as a brooch.
"Splash" with Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks. (Which I just found out that they are remaking with Channing Tatum as the merman!) In the original movie, Daryle Hannah's character wears a necklace with a lion head on it and my client wanted me to make it.
Since it has been awhile since I last watched the movie, I had to do a search to find an image of it. I found a few small sized pictures that pixelated when I blew it up. I found a few different ones and ended up creating a metal composite. The above version is my prototype for the pendant. I didn't want to copy it exactly and ended up taking some creative license to make it more my own. The prototype will be molded and (unlike the movie version) will be made in silver tones. I suggested that she come into the store with her girlfriends to make the rest of the necklace to give it even more sentimental value and to have a nice day together in Ligonier. Hopefully I'll be able to snag a picture of her wearing the creation on her wedding day.
I'll post more pictures later of some of the other work that I've created for other clients. It's been a busy end of summer here!