Earlier this week, I wrote about the difficulties I had designing a necklace for today’s reveal even though my partner, Kristen Latimer of MJM Jewelry Designs, sent me so many beautiful beads and a silver toggle clasp. But I persevered
And ended up making two necklaces! With different designs. I’m not sure what happened. I started out to make necklace number two (below) and ended up with necklace number one. (Further down in the post). I used the focal bead in necklace number one and still had a lot of beads left along with the clasp. So I used the clasp as a jumping off point for a new focal piece and built necklace number two around it. I am happy with the results although I would not want to wear necklace number two in the hot weather we are having right now on the east coast of the U.S.
Necklace Number Two
There’s a lot going on in necklace number two and I wanted the components to hang correctly. I actually sat in front of a mirror for part of the process to make sure the components hung the way I wanted.
The dapped forms have a little pattern on the back made with a rolling mill.
The circle between the two beads on the focal is fused fine silver. The sterling silver dangle with the soldered ring was from a component I made and took apart. I was going to make bullet ends to finish the necklace but then I decided to wire wrap and chose steel wire over silver.
I used a combination of metals including brass, copper, sterling silver and iron. The tube beads are etched copper. I used scrap fabric and ribbon, but the blue is the ribbon that my partner Kristen Latimer of MJM Jewelry Designs used to wrap the package of beads. I dyed it blue and cut it down the middle.
And now for the piece where I used the focal bead and the steel wire I found on the sidewalk.
Necklace Number One
You can see how I used the piece of steel I cut from the round I found on the sidewalk. I capped the ends with brass washers and silver beads. And I did end up trapping the focal bead in a trapeze-like setting. It’s hard to ball the ends of wire when you have glass beads on them, but I had to do it to get the look I wanted. I was very careful because I had already tried this in an earlier version of the focal and did not want to push my luck! The pendant is on a thick rubber cord with a magnet closure. It does not need anything else.
I balled and wrapped all kinds of wire.
I made the lentil bead from copper I had etched. Them I wondered whether I could coat the bead with silver. I looked for information online and couldn’t find anything concrete. Well, since no one told me not to do it, I went ahead and did it. The other side if the bead is entirely silver coated but I like this side because you can see that the two metals together.
This was a learning experience! I doubt if I would have made either necklace if not for the Blog party. Thanks to Lori for organizing it and Kristen for picking the right beads!
Check out all of the other participants revealing their creations today. Press here for a list of the participating blogs.
Wow! I LOVE the necklace on the thick rubber cord. It’s simply stunning!
I LOVE your creations! So steampunk edgy! I have great respect for an artist who can work metal this way. I am most impressed. I LOVE Necklace No 1. Very, very cool…
Martha!! Oh my gosh I’m so proud of you!!! You totally rocked those beads! I am in amazement at what you’ve created and I’m honored to have been your partner! Great job!! Very impressive!
Kristen, the beads you sent me were so beautiful that I really pushed myself to do them justice. Thank you for giving me the opportunity.
Wonderful designs. They are both so rich in texture and interesting materials.
Thanks for your kind comments.
Oh my! The most impressive necklace I saw today! How the hell did you do such a great things?
Thanks; that’s quite a compliment considering the fact that you’re not my Mom 🙂
Fantastic, Love the details in both of these, especially the copper twigs. Love the layering of textures and textiles in the first
Thanks. First time trying ribbon and chain like this.
WOW! Your first necklace has so much going on, so much to take it. . .it’s mesmerizing. However, your second necklace is the one I would most likely wear too. I adore that you used something you found on the sidewalk, as I do that too!! Terrific job.
Thanks. Yes the first one is busy. I did a lot of editing.
Both of your necklaces are Stunning !!!!
Thanks. I have always been tempted to eat beautiful beads. 🙂
The first necklace is so delicate and elegant! Congratulations!
Thank you very much!
I thought necklace no. 2 would be my favourite, no matter what! But when I saw necklace no. 1, I couldn’t decide … they are both stunning! =D
Oh wow – I love all the different elements you have in that first necklace and thanks for explaining it all. The second necklace just took my breath away! Oh my!!! Wonderful pieces!!!!
Thanks. I like to explain how I go about making something.
Both are awesome designs. Very coool!
Thanks so much!
Necklace number 2 is great, but #1 is a KILLER.
I ‘ll be careful when I wear it then. 🙂 Thanks.
Holy Jimminy! I have another favorite! Simply love your designs!!!!
These. Are. BRILLIANT! I wish I could make things like that.
That’s quite a compliment! Thanks.
I love the dangle pendant for necklace number 2 and everything about necklace number 1. Holy cow it is so cool!
Thanks for your kind comments
Those are so cool. I love that you took a chance and just went for it adding the silver to the second focal. I’m discovering thats part of the joy with bead soup
The joy of Bead Soup- I agree. I wouldn’t have tried many of the techniques in the necklaces if not for Bead Soup. Thanks!
Thanks for your encouraging comments.
Very cool designs! I especially love the 2nd necklace.
Ooooo both are so interesting. I am sitting in a chilly lab right now & think how either one would feel good around my neck
Dang! I read your previous post as well. This is elaborate! I love the idea of repurposing stuff found on the sidewalk and I often try stuff on to see how it sits on a real actual person, I have been known to walk araround too to see how the piece moves. Anyway, I ramble…. Your pieces are amazing!
Wowie, WOw. Both of these are absolutely breath-taking.
Very spectacular works!Congrats!
Oh La La… Art to Wear. I would wear both pieces no matter what the weather. They are gorgeous.
I think difficulty is good for you… you have created two gorgeous pieces. One delicate and the other strong, yet both so unique and beautiful, Great work.
LOL! I think you are right. I have always said that my creativity came from never having the right tools for the job. Except here I did.
Love your soup! Super cool wirework and fun style! And so many great techniques and elements involved! Awesome! Kris
Thanks. Fun is
what it’s all about.
Wow what a beautiful set. Delightful use of media and colours.Lov and Hugs Tanya
Thanks. The lovely blue beads Kristen sent were the starting point.
These necklaces are gorgeous! I love all the amazing details!!!
what happy work. I am learning more about wire and metal everyday and your work is surely inspirational! ~diana
Thanks. If you ever get a chance to take a class with Susan Lenart Kazmer, go for it. And all of Sharilyn Miller’s videos are worth owning.
Holy cow! I want to lick my screen!
Be sure to out something tasty on it first. 🙂 Thanks
Love your wire design, this is a great necklace. Great work:)
I love the jewel tones and the wonderful textures of the first necklace. And the second one just blows me away with all the techniques you used. Fabulous!!!!
Great necklace with so many details and the metal work is stunning.
Wow – that second neckalce is a stunner!
Your finished jewellery is stunning! Love the richness of Necklace No. 2 and Necklace No.1 is an artpiece that should be showcased in a gallery somewhere. It’s so modern and edgy and architectural almost – I feel it belongs in an art exhibition. Wonderful, fabulous work!
What a compliment! Thanks.
Amazing, inspiring work. Loved reading all the details of your craftsmanship. Your second necklace is my favorite of this hop – unusual, playful – your pieces remind me that it’s the little details, even sometimes the obvious, the overlooked, that create great design.
Thanks. I really struggle with craftsmanship.
Wow. Stunning pieces. I love the use of fibers and the focal on the trapeze. Great job.
Both necklaces are funky awesomely gorgeous! I love them both!
Why, thank you.
Totally LOVE your style. !!
Thanks. And thanks from Plumpton who is crawling on the iPad. He must like you.
Wow! The second necklace is amazing, love it!
Wow, what beautiful necklaces. I love the ribbon one, but love the focal on the other one too. Can’t decide – I guess I love them both! Great job.
Love, love, love! Both pieces are such fun, but your 1st necklace (second photo) is Stunning!
Love the colors and fibers in necklace number 2!!
Wow, I love them both! I think the second one is my favorite but it’s hard to pick.
Both of your pieces are very artfully designed. Definitely statement pieces.
I LOVE your wirework!!! Gorgeous necklace, fantastic design! Scrumptious soup!!
Awesome use of mixed media! Love your necklace designs!
wonderful creation! you did a great job with your soup!
What an unusual necklace, I like both pieces.
I love How you used the mixed media in your pieces! The fiber and wire work makes your statement designs pop!
Sorry I am so late, I have been having computer issues! Very eclectic, but I like it!! Great creations!!
I love all the different things you have going on in each necklace. So fun to read about your process and progress. Almost 2 weeks later, and I’m still hopping to see everyone’s work. Yours is quite an inspiration!!
I love how you use and alter all kinds of things from ribbon to metal. Gorgeous results!
Thanks. Anything is fair game. Except people 🙂
Wow…I love both. You did a fantastic job..very different designs. Beautiful pieces!
Thank you much!
I love necklace number 2, cahotic colorful funny.
I’m still hopping,sorry I’m late!
very steampunk-ish..! i’m not too sure which one i like more.. both are so interesting to look at…!
These are so amazing. That first necklace is like a salvage from the sea. The second necklace has so many interesting things going on I can’t even decide what idea I like best. You are so creative and the photography is great too.
I’m glad you like them.