Saturday, May 9, 2009

Seems I Keep Getting Inspired Around 10 p.m.

Was up late last night making this, those teeny tiny wrapped links are tedious but worth the effort, I think. I have to put on a really strong pair of magnifying glasses for them.

For an idea of scale, the large silver ball at the bottom is the same diameter as a penny, or about 20mm. The topmost chain is 16" before adding a clasp and I plan to put an extender chain to give it another inch or two. The tiny wrapped loops are sterling head pins that have a tiny ball at the end, the chain is sterling double links, beads are faceted Czech glass and the fancy swirl spheres are sterling silver plate by Sterling Effects that I got at A.C. Moore when I was in Fayetteville, North Carolina last December. The final large sphere has a sterling headpin with an ornate puffed design.

I'm thinking about, but only perhaps right now, adding another draping chain or maybe two...possibly one from linked beads.

10:30 a.m. update - one new chain added, one to go, used a 3 loop clasp!
1:30 p.m. update - sticking with the one additional chain...what to do with that extra loop on the clasp?
Here's the ver. 2 picture (click for detail):

I'm very excited about tomorrow's Wanderings post - I created a little header logo just for those posts and I gathered a lot of great links this week. Even so, if you know of a blog I should be reading, tell me and I'll make a point to visit and mention it next week. Post will go up at 6 a.m. Pacific.

I don't remember if I mentioned it, but I submitted four pieces to the BeadStar competition in the crystals, glass, pearl and stone categories. I'm only the tiniest bit hopeful, I know I have a long way to go, but it's all part of the journey.

For all to whom it applies, I hope you have a Happy Mother's Day tomorrow!

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Blogger Lisa said...

Yikes, that's gorgeous! I'm in awe!

May 9, 2009 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

By the way, I meant to ask if you would be kind when I post my rings and things pieces today. I really loved them, but then I saw your necklace and started thinking I needed to head back to the drawing board. It really does take a bit of courage to show the world your individuality, doesn't it?

May 9, 2009 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Yes, it does take courage to step out there - creative endeavor of any kind is one of those things we do that is totally dependent upon other people's responses (unless we are only creating for our own use) to our work for it to be successful.

Lisa, you're a wonderful, sharing and considerate person with nothing but encouragement to offer. So, to say nothing of the fact that I bet your original ideas were wonderful, and I can't imagine you needed to go back to the drawing board, but if something I made inspired you and you're happier, then I'm sure it's wonderful and as usually, it will be easy to be kind!

May 9, 2009 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Hilary said...

Lovely work, Dawno. Wising you a very happy Mother's Day too. :)

May 9, 2009 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Thank you Hilary!

May 9, 2009 at 6:22 PM  

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