Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Golden Moments

Seems as if it's been a long time since I've gotten a project finished and listed to my Etsy shop. I've been in kind of a beading slump after I finished my last EBW challenge piece. So for inspiration, I visited my beadroom stash and found just the thing to spark some creativity. I'd bought these green and gold glass beads at a cool little bead store my sister and I found when we went on a shopping trip together recently. It was such a fun day and although my sister doesn't bead (she's a quilter) I think she had as much fun helping me pick out beads as I did. At the same store, we found some gold seed beads with a smooth, burnished finish that went with the larger green and gold so well. I don't work with gold very often, being a diehard silver wearer, but these beads struck a chord.

Then it was on to my library of beading books for some design ideas because I wanted to do something different than my usual spiral or herringbone. I pulled out a book I've had for a while on beading with brick stitch and remembered I'd gotten some cool ideas from it in the past. Sure enough, as I leafed through it, I saw a piece with little diamond shaped links between beads. So how about for some interest, I graduate the size of the links. But as I put it together, it seemed too blah and I got the idea to open up the diamonds, making them the same green and gold as the glass beads. Things were shaping up nicely at that point. Then I found three pendants in a baggie at a yard sale. One was silver and pearl, one a black and white acrylic and one a gold spiral diamond. I actually bought the bag for the silver one but when I got them home I realized the gold one was a perfect match to my green and gold necklace. So through a series of rather serendipitous events, I arrived at that golden moment when everything came together and Voila!.......

7 comments:

V---'-@ said...

Serenditpity is the artist's best friend. It is the twin to inspiration. I love being an artist and open to these intellectual blasts, don't you. Your necklace is indeed perfect. :)

--Patricia

http://vener-art.com/beadblog/

Rose Works Jewelry said...

I loved reading the story behind this piece! It turned out wonderful :)

Marsha Wiest-Hines said...

I am a gold lover and this is a gorgeous piece. I'll take quality over quantity any day. Great job!

Smadar's Treasure said...

It's gorgeous! Love the colors and the design.

Dawn N said...

I love it when ideas just happen and things come together wonderfully to create a beautiful piece. The colors are great- even if you're a silver person :)

Foxan said...

Gold and green work so well together! Love your necklace, and the story behind.

Best of luck,
Olga

Marlaine said...

The necklace is beautiful! Good luck with the Challenge!