Friday, April 8, 2011

Lucy in Crystal Flowers and Pearls Necklace

I've mentioned below that I'm working on a new line of vintage modern jewelry. In my previous style, you might recall, I weaved seed beads into designed panels. While I loved doing this, and still may incorporate this technique in the future, the call of using different materials like crystals and pearls were too strong to ignore.

After a few months of researching vendors, buying materials and designing and creating, my new line is about ready to be shared. I'm now in the process of getting photos taken and building a site. Still a lot to do, but in the meantime I thought I'd share this piece that is ready.
I've named her Lucy. Something about the crystal flowers and large pearls mixed with the small ones made the name seem appropriate. I hand-beaded the crystal flowers with Swarovski rose montee crystals. The beading technique is called cagework, which involves wiring crystals or beads onto a filigree base. In the center of each crystal flower is a freshwater pearl. The gold flower is a dogwood flower. I like how it doesn't take itself too seriously. In the center of this flower is a 10mm Swarovski crystal.

You can view this piece on etsy. More pieces to follow! Thanks for looking.