Thursday, 10 April 2014

Bluebell necklace - a new challenge

Once inspiration strikes me for a piece of jewellery I like to start off with some rough sketches and some notes about how I want it to 'feel'. I've chosen to create a necklace that has the colours of a bluebell wood in it, so that will influence the long leafy shapes in the strap. Here are my initial sketches with the central cabochon enclosed in the first of the wire that will form an armature encrusted with lovely beads.

I also want to get some clear crystals on top of the leaf shapes - so that they resemble raindrops. I've also decided that I would like two hanging drops on the bottom of the centrepiece, one green and one purple. The overall feel I am aiming to achieve is one that looks somehow 'elfin' and nature inspired. Knowing what I want to end up with is half the battle - it will be fun working out all the beading strategies I will use to accomplish it!

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