As you may know, whenever you go to a big show like Bead Fest, even if you don't get to take classes, you come away with massive amounts of creative energy and inspiration! When I got home, I cleaned and organized my house non-stop for two days before I took a break! Then I started working on the design for this necklace!
I was influenced greatly by our own Jenny Davies-Reazor - I love how she combines gemstones with her own ceramic lovelies to create amazing necklaces! And I was also influenced by Deryn Boyd Mentock. I have taken a few classes with her, in person and on-line, and I really like her style (although it's not necessarily mine) and love learning her techniques!
While I was at Bead Fest, I only purchased three strands of gemstones from Holy and Pure Gemstone (like them) specifically for this bead!
I made my own clasp as well - just a simple one, but I like it! I hammered it with my rawhide mallet to harden it and patinaed it as well.
I'm very happy with the final design. This did take me a couple of days, and even though my bead stash seems huge to me, I think I could use a few more strands of gemstones in my pile so I have more options!
Here's the finished necklace, I really like!
What's your process when you make a piece of jewelry - do you lay it out, switch out beads, ask for advice?