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chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
I love to create one of a kind jewelry that is unique, different, and of course, beautiful. I work with several techniques and materials. I do wire wrapping, metal working, and beadweaving. Much of my work is for sale at my Etsy shop and my Zibbet shop (see link at the bottom of this profile.) You can also contact me directly. I have much more than is displayed in either shop. You can contact me through e-mail. I accept payment through PayPal. I'll also be happy to work with you on custom orders. Just tell me what you want and I'll try to accommodate. And thanks for looking! *Please note that these are my original designs and are copyrighted. Please do not copy my designs. Thank you for your artisic integrity and consideration. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thursday, August 7, 2008

new freeform project

Well, here's my newest freeform project - she told me she WAS NOT a bracelet. She said she is a large neck adornment-not really a necklace or pendant, but an adornment. What do you think calling it that?
She got too fat too quickly to be a bracelet and she told me her face would shine better on someone's chest than on someone's wrist.
So now I'm working on sort of evening her out. Don't know how I got that fold on the left side, but would like to get one on the other side to complement it. But I don't know how I did it. And I could not rip out any part of this unless I cut the whole thing apart because the beads and stitches go every which way (but loose) and the thread paths are totally mixed up.
I just go bead by bead, attaching one to the next in whatever fashion seems to fit smoothly. Mostly it's peyote, but there's some brick and ladder worked in in places.
And now that I've decided to make her a neck adornment, I don't know what kind of rope to make and don't know how or where to attach it.
Guess I could make her a broach, but I don't think broaches sell as well as necklaces. Hmm,
just had a thought. Maybe I'll put one of those convertable pin-backs on her, the kind that can be worn as a broach or a pendent. Then either use a nice piece of ribbon or make a Kumihimo strap for her rather than a beaded rope.
Your suggestions and opinions are welcome. Thanks.


Julie said...

I think she is lovely - if you decide to do this as a necklace - I would keep the chain simple - this is such an elaborate piece that I would focus on that as your main point. I would hate to take anything away from the gorgeousness that she is!

adina said...

She's looking lovely so far!

I think that a convertible pin-back is a wonderful idea. A ribbon would look great. Some kinds of ropes might be distracting, because the adornment looks so great on its own. It's definitely a work of art, and a beautiful one at that! :-)

GrandmaMarilyns said...

I think she is coming out fine and that the convertible pin sounds wonderful. As for what type of necklace to put with it, I really can't say.

ClaireCreations said...

Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I've finished her, but still need to decide what kind of bail and rope to use.

Anna said...

Claire, she's beautiful! Don't you love it when your piece speaks to you and leads you to a beautiful complete work of art?!

Conlins Creations said...

What a stunning piece! Can't wait to see the finished piece!

ClaireCreations said...

Thanks again for the comments and for looking. I cut off the loose threads, added something at the bottom and glued on the convertible pin/pendant bail. It's drying now. Will try to take and post a picture in the morning. Still not sure whether to just use a simple ribbon or take the time to make a narrow Kumihimo rope.