Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Beginnings... and Surprise Endings

Some folks have asked me to explain what inspires me at the beginning of a project. Is it a specific color? A particular bead? A "light bulb" moment in the shower? Well, my answer is "yes": all of the above, though the moment of inspiration varies from project to project.



This past week, I chose to use some mottled blue jade teardrops I bought at the last bead show. When I first saw them, my brain fritzed and short-circuited. They were beautiful - and a whole strand of them together, well, it was A Moment. I brought them home and didn't do anything with them, that is, until now. My plan was to make bead embroidered earrings. Oh, they would be spec-TAC-ular!



I finished the first one and it was apparent they were to big for earrings. I made the second, since the stone was already glued down.



When finished, I laid it next to the first piece, and realization hit me like a brick - these would be great strung together. Good thing I'd glued more of the jade stones down!

To soften the final piece, I wanted to make smaller elements to place between the jade medallions. I have some mother-of-pearl coin beads in a very soft blue. Perfect! I made a pretty round piece, and when I put it between the two jade elements, my reaction was, "Uh.... no."



Didn't really like the stark white seed beads in there and, again, too big.

I tried again, but kept it even simpler, and "Hazzah!" Just what I was looking for.



A few hours later, I had enough pieces to arrange the final layout.



Satisfied, I used freshwater pearls to attach everything together. The finished result, 18 hours after I started, is romantic, soft, and very elegant. Do you think it's too late to see if Kate Middleton might want it for her Big Day???



Oh, and don't worry... that medallion I decided not to use gets to shine in it's own piece as a simple pendant.




copyright 2010 Shibori Girl

12 comments:

randomcreative said...

It's amazing how inspiration can get us to our final results. Gorgeous piece!

Robin said...

Absolutely stunning. You never fail to amaze me my friend.

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Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Kate,

This piece is fabulous! Love the colours. And...if Kate doesn't want to wear it...there are other Princesses out there who would be honored.


~ Gabriela ~

Edera Jewelry said...

Gorgeous necklace--and a fascinating process! Thanks for sharing, Kate :) It is funny how projects can take on a life of their own--I've had many that I was certain were going to turn out one way and then turned out very differently!

rochambeau said...

I like how your mind thinks! This necklace is a masterpiece, another!!
Hope you had a happy Easter!!
xox
Constance

Marsha Wiest-Hines said...

It's beautiful Kate! And I thnk 18hours was pretty fast, all things considered. And Kate Middleton would look lovely in it!!!

Enchanted Beads said...

I love your work and this necklace is gorgeous!

Ileana

Angelque Creations said...

Wow just Wow Kate

Peregrine Beader said...

Beautiful, Kate!

doro said...

you should have asked Kate Middleton - she didn't wear any necklace at all!

you've done a great job, thankx for sharing,

doro

LW said...

Stunning…

Louise

Marisa Hopkins said...

Stunning!!! And so great to see this process! :) Love it, Kate!