15 January 2010

update on completed vacation pendant

well, here it is, finished and strung. in the framework of the pendant are tiny polymer clay ballies set in resin. i was aiming for the feeling of a single moment, captured...a stream with little treasures trickling by. the necklace is strung with tiny labradorite beads and pearls. it took me 8 tries to get beads oriented in positions that i liked. i wish i didn't LOVE the look of the perfect beads in a necklace, because i HATE finding just the right ones. i am not a beader. i do not have that innate understanding of what beads will be "just right" with a pendant, so i have to try a million variations before i get it.

a word about clasps....i'm starting to enjoy making them. i really like this one. the picture below shows one of my all-time favorite necklaces, with one of the first clasps i ever made. it was frustrating because i made the toggle bar too short and it kept slipping out. so when i made the new clasp last week i made a longer toggle bar and then i switched the 2, so the short one went with the stream pendant, and i put the long one on the teal bead necklace. ta da! hasn't slipped out once!


Barbara said...

Holly, I really love how this came out. The little balls look like pebbles in water with the larger rock forms.
And I have wicked clasp envy right now! It came together so well. More work this weekend over the MLK break? xoxo

lizzie lou said...

so pretty, holly.

holly k said...

hopefully monday i will start work on the RIVET pendant! swirling ideas starting to gel....i plan on riveting with the TUBES i bought. oh, there might be some faux bone, too!

Rob Hazzard said...

Hol, your pieces are so cool! I love reading your blog and getting a better understanding of what is really involved in creating your works. Can't you just quit your day time job and just create and blog more?....please?

holly k said...

i wish, i wish, i wish!
i feel the exact same way about yours, rob!