Walk in the Meadows at Argenteuil, 1873Claude Monet
Color Palette by Brandi Hussey
I really haven't made too many multi-strand necklaces in my jewelry making career. (We'll add this to the list of things I'd like to learn to do better.) I tend to stress out about getting everything to be the correct length and lay right... especially when I'm stringing beads or working with closed link chain which aren't too forgiving if you are off on your measurements. Anyway, my vision was for multi-strand so it was make it work time!
I knew that I needed to add in some of the other colors from the painting in my third strand. I decided to focus mostly on the shades of green while also adding some small pops of orange. I added a few larger yellow seed beads to tie the strands together a little more. Once I had my three strands completed I was ready (at least I thought I was!) to add the cones at either end of the strand to pull things together and give it a more polished look. At that point I took a look to make sure I was happy before finishing the wrapped loops on each end of the cones. I decided that things looked a little disjointed color-wise and thought that maybe another strand of the turquoise and yellow seed bead mix was what it needed. I did a little more stringing and was finally ready to finish off the ends! Here are a couple of pictures showing you the strands before and after getting them all finished and the wire wraps completed... see what a mess I'm hiding under there?
I ended up using a longer cone than the one I was originally thinking. The shorter one just didn't hide the crimp tubes on the beaded strands well enough. Even though the pattern on the pewter cones is supposed to be Celtic knot work, I think it has a woven basket feel that fits nicely with the pastoral scene in the painting. The aqua colored crystals help tie everything together and give it a little extra pizazz. I left a little extra chain to give some flexibility as far as how long to wear the necklace.
Here's the finished product... now I just have to decide if I want to sell this one or keep it for myself!