Anyway......the jewellery! For those of you who may not have seen it yet, these are the ingredients that Janna sent me
glass beads, shells, sea urchin spines, silver, silk and an amazing epoxy clay sea urchin pendant that she made just for me - just beautiful, and definitely not what I usually work with - but then a challenge is a challenge is a challenge as Janna says!
As much as I loved the sea urchin pendant as soon as I saw it, it did cause me trouble at first as it is so much bigger than anything I usually work with. I just couldn't get it to work for me as a pendant with one bail at the top. I knew that I wanted to keep whatever I made, and large pendants hanging from necklace to form a Y shaped necklace just don't suit me unless the chain is really long and the pendant forms part of a cluster, and that didn't work for this piece. So........after a lot of thought and "can I really do this?" "will Janna mind?" questionning....... I cut the bail off so that I could set the pendant as a cabochon in a silver bezel and have two bails on it. I thought long and hard about emailing Janna to check whether she minded me doing this but I decided in the end not to as a) cutting the wire bail off didn't touch the sea urchin itself and b) I didn't want her to guess what I was doing! Janna, I really hope that you like what I've done!
I knew that I wanted to use the silk, some of the glass beads as they matched the bead Janna had used on the clasp, and also some faceted smoky quartz to add some sparkle as a contrast to the rest of the ingredients. I also knew that I needed something else larger but not too heavy as the pendant/cabochon was so large. My eyes fell on a pair of these earrings sitting on my workdesk and inspiration struck!
So, these are the ingredients I used......
And this is what I made! I really hope you like it, Janna especially, because I LOVE IT! Everything balances out, and there's a bit of sparkle and colour without distracting from the sea urchin, and it is so comfortable to wear.
But that's not all! As soon as I saw the button that Janna had used to decorate the parcel she sent me I knew I wanted to make something with it, and I actually made this a couple of weeks ago. I've set a silver tube rivet through the middle, threaded silver wire through it to form a bail, and hung it with the two silver charms that Janna sent me from a string of dusky yellow seed beads.
Thank you for reading all of this - assuming that you made it to the bottom of the post! Please do go and see what my partner Janna and our hostess Lori have made, and visit as many other blogs in the party as you can - you are guaranteed to find beautiful jewellery on your virtual trip around the world! I think this party will be going on for a few weeks!
These are the partner pairs.
131. Maria Grimes and Wendy Blum
151. Natasha Lutes and Pam Ferrari