I had a bout of insomnia last week. Actually it was bead-somnia. As I lay awake trying to calm my mind, all I could see when I closed my eyes were the 15/0 seed beads threading one at a time on to needle and thread to some non-existent musical rhythm. So, I would get out of bed and bead until I was too tired to keep my eyes open.
This necklace has been a tough project because I wanted it to be so much more and have lots more things attached to it. I threaded on many temporary pearls, baubles, stones and nothing seemed to work. I wanted it to be adjustable, but the hook didn't look finished enough and the multiple button/pearl style was looking weird when it was on. Finally, I decided to KISS it (Keep It Simple Stupid) and I am much happier with the outcome! I have to thank Barbara at the Bead Boutique for suggesting the bead-and-loop clasp on this necklace. I immediately shot the idea down because I wasn't sure how secure it would be, but it was the best solution.
This guy is 21.5 inches long and $190.00. It will be living at the Grove Gallery Co-op in the month of October for the themed group show. I am trying to make a goal of filling the jewelry case in there with golds, bronze and coppery pieces for part of the poem that is the theme of the October show:
"To Autumn" by John Keats
"Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;"
Here are a few earring ideas to match this necklace (I sold the original original stripe beaded blob already but am finishing another pair right now):