Monday, March 1, 2010

Using Up the Stash #6 Black Diamond Glass Beads with Sterling Leaf

I've had this beautiful, large sterling silver leaf in my stash for nearly two years now and just couldn't see the design it belonged with. Finally while stringing a mix of "black diamond" glass beads, I realized they'd look great with the leaf. And, because nothing in the necklace is made from materials I've purchased recently, it was a great piece for the UUtS series, too.

There was only one problem, I didn't want to add another strand of beads but the two strands alone were too skimpy for the bold pendant. That's when I remembered I had a length of silver colored wire mesh tubing from Rings & Things. I incorporated the ribbon with the strands, finished the ends with sterling cones and there you go!

I have one month to go before I display my pieces at Norwescon in Seattle - so much to do to get ready! I'm not sure what kind of a display area I will have so I need to be ready to adapt to whatever I get. I'm considering doing something a bit different than I did in L.A. but I'll need to experiment with the idea to see if it works. I'll let you in on it when I do.

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Blogger Rose said...

I love the black diamonds and the HUGE leaf. I have always wanted to use the mesh ribbon but am afraid it would be scratchy... is it scratchy?

I think you're right about the two strands of beads being too skimpy and adding that ribbon just makes it wonderful. Very nice.

March 1, 2010 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

It's not too bad - if you're really sensitive it would probably be too much, but it's tolerable, at least to me.

March 1, 2010 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger JustATish said...

i keep coming back and looking at this - i love it. fairie magic romantic - something. I could write an entire short story just about this piece

March 1, 2010 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

ooh - that's a really cool idea!

March 1, 2010 at 2:26 PM  

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