How do you design a necklace?
How long does it take?
What inspires you?
How did you learn to make jewelry?
and so on and so on. Some of these questions about designing jewelry or my inspiration I can put into words, while some are easier to show in pictures. To start with and an important element are the beads themselves and the combined materials used to create the design.
A few years ago
At a prestigious craft fair, a gal came into my booth, admired our jewelry and told me she made beads. I was impressed as I hadn’t thought about the art of bead making; I just bought beads, was nspired by beads and created with beads. This contact led me to a Facebook group and shortly I was drawn to one particular artist, Judith Billig. I started purchasing her beads as I was always inspired by the uniqueness and beauty. Almost all the hand blown glass beads, or Lampwork beads as they are called that I use are created by her.
Whenever I order a new strand I can’t wait until it arrives. I am like a kid with a new toy. I unwrap the tightly wound tissue paper used to protect the hand blown glass and hold the beads up to the light. Judith, the designer of these beads does great photography but cannot completely capture the subtlety and blending of colors, the refracting light or how silky beads feel. The same ends up being true of our necklaces designed with Lampwork beads. An image cannot completely capture the beauty.
When I saw the turqouise and grey beads I knew I had to have them. They were so different- mostly because of the matte finish. They looked so organic. I had never worked with a matte finish and I couldn’t imagine they were also hand blown glass. I was eager to touch them and wanted to design a necklace using them.
The strand only had about 8 beads
I had to decide what was in my stash that would compliment these beads. This is sometimes the most fun. All my turquoise semi-precious beads came out so I could chose the right shade and texture and after an extensive search, I discovered different shaped Hematite beads. I had a visual image to start with, was satisfied with my selection and excited to play around with the position and placment of the variety of beads.
Lastly, came the finished product.
Before finishing with a clasp, I put the necklace on to see where it rested on my neck and loved the asymetrical placement of the putty looking beads. With warmer weather coming, lower necklines and slight tans I knew this necklace would look great on just about anyone and become a frequent flyer.
Naming the necklace
We decided to call this necklace set Persian Princess. See how the earrings convey the same organic quality? For additional views, details, and purchase, go to : http://earthandmoondesign.com/shop/beadz-by-roz/persian-princess-21-inch-lampwork-and-hematite-necklace-set/