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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Surprise Fairy Necklace

Ever sit down fully intending to make one thing and then come away with something completely different? That's what happened last night. I've got a Round Rabbit flower focal I've been trying to use, but nothing ever seemed right. I figured surely I would be able to find the solution in last weekend's gem show haul, and I thought I did. I had the strung part of the necklace done, but it just seemed to overwhelm the focal.

So I soldiered on and added the sari, not sure what I would really do, because the way I designed the front - it needed a focal. I left a space for it between the beads. Once I was done with the sari bit, I poked through my growing, but still not massive, focal collection. Jessi's ceramic fairy pendant jumped right out at me and it was perfect!

I was slightly disappointed, in that it wasn't the necklace I set out to create, but by the time I woke up and looked at it again this morning I was quite happy with it.

My friend Jessi's fairy pendant, sari silk, Swarovski crystals, pyrite, apatite, waxed Irish linen cording, and upcycled pyrite rings (they were finger rings from Nine West!)


  1. Yes, that happens to me all the time--in fact most of the time. Sometimes it's frustraring because my original design looks so awesome in my head, but not in real life.

    Your necklace is just beautiful! I love that you use those finger rings in this piece.

  2. Oh yes there should be a support group for this.....
    "whatthe%@*&kia" .....

    I'll have to work on's not coming out like I thought...

  3. Great piece and I know exactly what you mean:-)

  4. Sometimes I lay in bed and dream up an idea and then when I try it nothing goes I guess sometimes you end up with "happy accidents" as Bob Ross(painter) used to say. The necklace is beautiful. I like the textures and color palate.

  5. Doesn't that happen the mostest? You bang your little head trying to come up with just the perfect thing and dang if you don't disappoint yourself! But in the morning, somehow, it looks mighty fine! LOL

  6. This happens to me when I make jewelry and when I paint -- especially when I paint because wet paint is ornery!

    I love how your necklace turned out, and I love that you up-cycled rings. Don't worry, you'll find the right necklace for the Round Rabbit focal. And when you do, you'll see that it was worth the wait. :)

  7. Oh Heidi, what a gorgeous necklace! I too find that things don't always appear on my bench as they do in my head - but like yours here, they are usually just as pleasing. Hang in there,...the right beads and design will call out to your flower focal and like someone else said, will be worth the wait!

  8. Don't you just love pyrite? I do. It's such an awesome gemstone, such a pretty shade! I love your friend's pendant too, it's very lovely.


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