|Basket of Apples by Paul Cézanne, 1893|
Now at 14mm by 9mm, this bead on its own isn't too terribly large when it comes to focals. I wanted to highlight the luminous quality of the borosilicate glass without overwhelming it. Per my usual process, I started just grabbing beads that might work in a design and made my very patient husband take a look and listen to my thoughts.
While I can take credit for thinking about using the red recycled glass ring from Trinket Foundry somewhere in the design, it was Eric who thought it would be cool to put the lampwork bead in the center. When he saw that the ring wasn't drilled he figured his idea was a bust, but I knew with a little bit of work, I could do some fancy wire wrapping and turn these two beads into a really cool focal. Now what I needed was some time, lots of patience, and a whole lot of wire!
It wasn't at all easy but I did finally get the pendant wrapped reasonably well on my second try. (On my first attempt I seriously underestimated the amount of wire I needed!) It might not be the most refined wire wrapping job ever, but I was hoping for a more rustic look anyway. I decided to go with a symmetrical design this time and made wire wrapped links with dragon blood jasper, China variscite, petrified green opal, and Czech glass for each side of the necklace.
|My original design.|
I switched the pendant's orientation and added in some little dangles off the bottom using Czech glass, turquoise, and little brass charms. I also added some length to the chain now that it was no longer a choker style. I'm happy with the overall effect and the colors in this piece. My wire wrapping skills still have a ways to go, but I'm proud of myself for trying something totally new!