|Painted Lucite rose from B'sue Boutique|
|Lampwork bead from JulsBeads,|
off the Love Chain
I had so much to choose from when it came to "raiding" my hoarder box, but the problem was selecting just the right components that would go well together. I know I wanted to start with the beautiful lampwork bead from JulsBeads with all the varied colors in the flower. A natural progression was to this rose from B'sue, which I painted (and repainted).
|Wire wrapped leaf from |
Heidi Klingman, My Bead Therapy
|Brass leaf from B'sue Muse Box|
I also hoard metal components, so my next "raid" was for a fantastic wire wrapped leaf I had received from Heidi Klingman, and then something to go with the rose. Now I know oak leaves and roses are not always thought of together, but I made them work after adding gold leafing to the rose and patina to the leaf.
As I mentioned, the rose took several layers of acrylic paint to achieve the look I was going for, but the patina on the oak leaf brightened it up just right. Thank goodness for E6000, which brought them together.
I linked the wire wrapped leaf and lampwork bead onto a single jump ring and then covered it with one of my polymer clay roses, done in a pattern mimicking the Lucite rose I painted. Then a faceted briolette added to the bottom of the lampwork bead and my focal was ready.
I love the look of necklaces with multiple chains, and decided this one would need 3 due to the size of the focal and accent rose. Two were identical, which I weaved fringed ribbon and sari silk into, on opposite sides, and the third much finer and brighter to compliment the wire wrapped leaf. The ribbon is pink and red to connect the rose and the lampwork bead, and the multicolored sari silk was "just 'cause" (blame the muse). You will see why I mention this in a bit.
Anyone who knows my work, is aware that I LOVE flowers, and tend toward them in creating my polymer clay beads. My other love is to mimic the look of lampwork beads, with my clay (since I have no talent in lampworking).
This is what developed at my clay table.
After bending 18g brass into several figure 8 shapes and hammering it flat, it was time to add the flowers and link the focal and rose together. Now, this is where the reference to the multicolored and pink and red ribbons come in. My daughter (the ultimate critic) said it needed more. So more it was.
I strung Swarovski crystals in pink and red on one strand, and the closest colors I could find to match the ribbon on another, and wove them into and around the flowers. A few more biolettes at the base of the loops, and my project was finished.
This is by far the most elaborate piece I have ever done, and hope you agree that it does justice to my hoarded beauties.
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