For the necklace components I'm focusing on the lines in the architecture. For the embellishments and focal bead I'm focusing on the tree and the pink blossoms.
The picture the design is based on is:
From my insanity post you'll also remember that I've overloaded myself this month. I just feel horrible that I didn't find more time for this project before the deadline because there were so many interesting elements that I wanted to bring from the print to the necklace. What I have so far is the unembellished core of the design:
Part of the reason I didn't find more time for this project was that I was pretty mentally overwhelmed by the idea of constructing the architectural connecting components. It was a labor intensive process of carefully measuring the square wire, carefully filing the corners so they'd be sharp and tight (which they weren't always), soldering the joints, pickling and cleaning, soldering on the loops, pickling and cleaning, measuring and filing the wires for the interior detail, and soldering once more. You'll, perhaps, understand why I opted just to keep the heat patina as the finish. :) Rust-orange enough for my willingness at the time.
The further frustrating part was that I didn't really have the colors I wanted for the lampwork focal bead (which arrived ... yes, today), so I didn't even work on refining the design to more accurately portray the tree and colors from the print.
In the end I don't want to come off as totally negative about this piece. I am still excited about the core design. I think it does a good job of combining the bold architectural elements of the print and combining them with the softer, more organic elements we see in the tree and background. The fringe, in soft pinks and some sage green, will further enhance that softness, once added. Like anyone, I suppose, I'm just frustrated that I couldn't bring the vision together before the final deadline. In the end, I'm comfortable serving as a cautionary tale.
So, here's what it looks like now that It's done.
From this view you can see the whole necklace including the back. I used a simple hook clasp and added just a few Swarovski as fringe to embellish the back.
Here's a look at the front of the necklace as it hangs. I really do love what the fringe add to the necklace. It softens the hard lines of the copper connectors so much.
Here's a close up view of the architectural components I fabricated for this design, made out of square copper wire and copper sheet metal.
And one last view of the whoe thing from the front.
So, how'd I do?
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