This took me a couple of days to put together. My mum commissioned a piece for a ball that she is going to next week. She told me the type of thing she wanted and the colours and picked out a few beads that she would like included which gave me something to "go on". She ended up with matching earrings too. Alot of the piece is completely handmade but some things are of course, bought in.
The clasp is handmade by me, solid brass wire (18G) which has been antiqued and polished to make it shine. Attached to that is some bog standard antique brass chain with little pieces of Louise Harding sari ribbon tied on, which I just love!
Going down the right hand side are some czech glass beads and toho seeds and then a large brass calalily which has been antiqued and had holes punched into it so I could attach jumprings. On the left hand side is 3 rows of seed beads and Czech glass. Both sides are accompanied with deep pink, frayed, sari silk ribbons.
The centre piece is cut from brass sheet metal, filed for smoothness and hammered with a texture hammer and then antiqued. I added holes with a hole punch around the edges so I could attach the necklace and the things dangling. The centre looked a bit too bare with all the frivality of the adjacent adornments so I added a piece of stamped and painted polymer clay with some strong glue.
The danglys are a mixture of handmade polymer clay beads and czech beads with a few various things thrown in...a Japanese Henshi bead, a cream acrylic bead with gold highlights...a russian doll bead in porcelain, a brass bird frame with Swarovski dangles...The cream stamped beads, the klimt style pink disk and the purple swirl on the brass frame are all polymer clay, handmade by me.
I wanted to create something fun and whimsical with lots going on...something quite playful. I'm really pleased with how it turned out :D