What a pleasure it has been to work with the beads Julie Pryce of Pryce Designs sent me – she made each and every one of them. It’s also been a pleasure to participate in the Bead Soup experience overall. Lori Anderson of Pretty Things Blog has been the organizer and she’s done a fabulous job. It’s been a lot of fun to see what other jewelry designers have done with the beads they received, some of which may be colors or materials they would not have chosen themselves. You know how we can have our tendencies and preferences. But wow – such gorgeous work. There’s a Flickr group if you’d like to see more.
So, here’s what I made with the beads from Julie.
My initial design decision was how to orient the main focal bead – horizontally or vertically. Once the idea came to me to do a tassel necklace, vertical was it. I attached a hand-formed and hammered sterling silver ring directly beneath the main focal bead and then created a tassel made of darkened sterling silver chain and tiny beads in colors complementary to those in the beads from Julie. I then interspersed four additional beads from Julie with crystal in dark blue and turquoise along with lime jade.
Because the front of the necklace had such a strong design, I felt that keeping the back of the necklace simple was the way to go. Of course, I wanted to do earrings. I made these with little accent beads Julie created. I think the handmade loops, earwires, and headpin all serve to being out the luminosity of Julie’s bead. This was a fun experience and I’m glad I participated.