Tuesday, March 24, 2009

New Piece Finished Tonight

I finished a piece this evening that I worked on during breaks in my reorganization efforts this weekend. It's just under 18" long, made from blue-gray coin pearls, "liquid silver" sterling silver tubes and seamless sterling silver (3mm) beads, all from Rings & Things.

The clasp has been in my stash for quite some time and I didn't save the packaging (something I do now) so I have to trust my memory - I'm sure it's sterling (has a 925 stamp) but I don't recall the supplier. It's a hook and eye type clasp with a little bit of decorative etching.

I secured the clasp on the Beadalon 49 strand silver tone bright .38mm beading wire with silver plated wire guardians (Rings & Things, again) and silver plated smooth oval Scrimps from Michael's.

I love the baroque look of the pearls, the texture provides some interesting reflections on the pearls. By using three smaller tubes the choker is more flexible than if one long tube had been used, although, to be very honest about it, that's just because I didn't look carefully at the length of the tubes I was purchasing, rather than a deliberate choice. Nevertheless, serendipity worked for this piece I believe.

I'm watching Cosmos on Hulu (see my other blog for details and a clip of the first episode if you'd like to check it out) as I putter around in the workroom. Some of the beautiful natural photography and imaginative animations of outer space may just provide some inspiration! In fact, the blue-gray pearls are rather celestial looking - like little moons floating in a silvery ring...

Well, lookie here - you can buy this right off the page if you like it!

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Blogger JustATish said...


i have just taken an interest in pearls, they scared me for the longest time but this!
- omg - love love!!!

March 25, 2009 at 4:02 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Thanks! Pearls are one of my favorite materials. I got some great deals at a shop in Southern Calif. last year on some very nice freshwater cultured pearls. They work well with a lot of semi-precious stones. I really like pearl & tiger-eye combos, pearl and garnet and pearl and lapis.

March 25, 2009 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Dave Robertson said...

It's an Isle of Serendip in a Sea of Tranquility :)


March 25, 2009 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Sparklyscotty said...

Pearls shouldn't scare you. They are my speciality, and I adore them. Trouble is I have strands and strands of them in my studio which I hate to use cos they look so pretty!

March 25, 2009 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I love the liquid silver with the shiny/silvery pearls, beautiful! I need to get a large quantity of liquid silver, it has always intrigued me too!

March 25, 2009 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Clever, Dave!
Hi Sparklyscotty, thank you so much for visiting - I hope your comment encourages Tish to get over her pearl phobia. :-)
And Lisa, it's always wonderful to see you comment - do grab some liquid silver, there are so many great ideas using it.

March 25, 2009 at 5:44 PM  
Anonymous beaded lanyards said...

Hi Dawno.

I really love the pearls on this beaded lanyard. Something like this could sell very well for women who are required to wear a lanyard in their office. It is very beautiful.

March 31, 2009 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Thank you - it's a bit delicate the way I've created it, for a lanyard, but I have considered something similar with larger tubes. Just have to get the tubes!

March 31, 2009 at 10:24 AM  

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