Javi continues to work hard this week in the little workshop out front at the shop. Together we made quite a few bracelets and earrings, too.
Just for fun, she'd painted a bit of brass and then set this little owl bead on top of a flower she'd colored blue:
It gave me an idea....hey! Wouldn't this make a cool tassel pendant....since it was drilled top to bottom.
We got busy on the idea. For the tassel, we used a vintage tassel I had in the shop, made of copper-coated steel, from the 50's. First it had little pearls dangling, but she removed them and used the little turquoise-colored acrylic beads, to match our look:
We also added some more little danglers, a combination of Spectra beads and then, more of the little acrylics from a packet of beads I'd found buried in the old Messy Workshop last week. I haven't a clue where I got them!
Just one of those things you pick up along the way....
On the subject of wire wraps: Some try to get their wraps very tight and uniform. I personally admire that look, and always must comment when I see a perfectly executed job. Personally, I gravitate toward messy wraps; I love a slightly wonky, organic look.
Javi may well gravitate toward the tighter wraps...that's what I'm seeing, anyway, when I look at the pieces she has done, herself. But, I've decided not to influence her or say either way. I'd rather see where she goes with it, as she develops HER style.
Looks fairly well balanced to me. Now, time to 'work' the neckline.
I've explained to Javi that, while it takes more time to do a neckline in bits as opposed to just adding a chain....you can save money (sometimes---time is money, too!) while adding value to your design. A pieced, or worked neckline adds a great deal of texture and artistic appeal to your necklace. You could put some very expensive chain on there, and still a worked neckline would make the piece seem more valuable....and interesting! to someone who appreciates handmade jewelry.
I also tend to say, that a pretty bead is just a pretty bead.....but framing it with the right bead cap will make it POP!
Javi and I have continued to work on the necklace together. I did a little bit more to it this afternoon....in fact, I am wearing it right now. It feels good and the tassel 'hits' just right so that the focal doesn't roll around.
She'll be over tomorrow and we'll spend a bit of time discussing why that's important and then....I will see if *she* thinks the piece is finished.....or if she feels we should add anything to it.
Our first collaborative effort!