I’m still working hard on setting things – gemstone, glass, shell, rocks, you name it. And, I’m branching out with the settings. This necklace is one of my newer designs and I just loved putting it together. I started with the white glass cabochon and wanted to accent the designs in it – they brought to mind twigs and leaves. So, I cut tiny twigs and leaves out of silver, soldered then onto a silver base, and then soldered on the bezel ring that is holding the glass. I further embellished the setting with a leaf stamp and random markings also meant to repeat the design reflecting twigs and leaves.
I tend to make beaded necklaces for most of my pendants but this one wanted just a few beads and mostly chain. I used three dark fresh water pearls on one side and a faceted rhodonite bead and dark ruby crystal on the other and completed the necklace with darkened silver chain. I even darkened the clasp and added one pearl and one crystal right at the clasp. Learning to do more with metal has been a gratifying journey for me and I have so much yet to learn. I care so much about each piece I make and am very involved with each while I am making it – carefully considering each element and its placement, editing and refining as needed.