More Last Minute Accessories!
On Tuesday I wore a gray suit with a light aqua pinstripe and a light aqua cashmere cable-knit turtleneck sweater (had a celebration lunch to go to and felt like dressing up a bit). I decided to wear this lanayard:
Again, I didn't have any other jewelry to go with it that I wanted to wear that day. I've got a lovely London-blue topaz set, that's on the aqua side of that shade, in very ornamental sterling silver filigree, Edwardian style, I guess, but I didn't want to wear it - I wanted something a bit more modern.
Now, I need to note here that I didn't decide on what to wear until the morning, but I'd gotten up pretty early so I had some time. The whole thing probably took more than half an hour to make, but I would pick it up and put it down between my other getting ready for work chores and made it into the office with time to spare.
I pulled out the blue cube beads and some silver 22g Artistic wire I picked up at my local bead store, Global Beads, to start but I didn't want it to be all linked beads, I was looking for a modern, minimalist type of design using just a few of the cubes. So I pulled out some Beadalon large oval Quick Links (see item "H") and connected them with the blue beads and simple wire loops.
I didn't have enough Quick Links to go all the way around my neck (especially since I was holding back two of them for earrings) for the right length to wear with a turtleneck sweater, so I grabbed about 6 or 8 inches of bulk silver plate curb chain I purchased from Rings & Things* to make it long enough. I think it probably lies down better on the neckline that way, anyway.
*a while back I stocked up on a few different metal types of the Rings & Things bulk chain spools and it's been very handy to have it when I need to whip up a fast necklace extender
I noticed during the day that sometimes the middle link at the bottom would swivel from horizontal to vertical and dangle from the blue cube links, so when I got home I just added a dangle from two cubes on a head pin to see how that looked. Still debating on whether or not that's going to be a permanent addition.
Made a pair of earrings using a Quick Link and a blue bead on a head pin and fastened the Quick Link directly through the loop on a lever-back ear wire.
Now, what to do about a bracelet? I grabbed my Beadalon bracelet-size silver-plated memory wire and filled up 3 layers, finished the ends with Beadalon Memory Wire Ends Scrimps (Item "Q"). Using the Scrimps means no waiting for glue to set and dry before I'm sure the ends are secure and no just leaving a turned loop to finish the ends, either. I think you can see the Scrimp end pretty well in this picture.
Here's the set:
I knew on Tuesday night that I was going to wear a brown/gold/garnet paisley print turtleneck and some brown slacks to work the next day. I also knew that a particular lanyard I've had for a couple years (at least since early 2007) was a very good match with the turtleneck since the big beads are bold enough not to get lost in all the busy design behind them.
It's made with oval glass beads with an AB finish on one side (I'm not sure where I found them and I didn't save the tag),some little pink/gold short tubular shaped beads and topaz colored India glass beads with irregular sizes and finishes that I picked up at Michael's once upon a time.
For earrings I used square knot connectors (thank you, Great Craft Works for stocking them!) the larger glass bead, a 9mm jump ring and some beaded dangles using the same complementary beads as the lanyard and bracelet.
Here's the set:
Tomorrow I'm going to show you a different kind of Friday Pick than usual. I'm going to share the items I just received from a supplier I ordered from for the first time this week, as well as items from a different one whom I've ordered from before, but this time they were having a fabulous sale I couldn't pass up, with items available in gunmetal finish I hadn't seen elsewhere. Curious? Be here tomorrow, then!