Studio Musings

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Moonlight and Shadows (and Snowflakes)

Took me a few more days to get a good finished photograph than expected because I decided to do a little more work on it first.  But at last, here's my finished necklace featuring Jeannie's black and silver gin blossom.  It's now titled Moonlight and Shadows.

Several people I've spoken with lately have mentioned that my Lacework bracelets remind them of spider webs, so I thought I'd play with that here. 


I worked with three different types of silvered beads:  one's opaque metallic reminding me of hematite, another transparent silver lined with sky blue and larger beads that have the sheen of hematite, but are semi-transparent.  Also worked with shiny opaque black Czech seed beads, opaque matte black Japanese seed beads and an assortment of Chinese crystals in blacks and silvers.  Very international! 

The blue lined silver beads reminded me of strands of moonlight, and well you can see where the name came from, from there. 

It's designed as a short, collar-length necklace.  Wish I had a model with a beautiful neck to photograph it being worn.   But here's a clear picture of the full length:


It's a combination of freeform peyote and random right angle weave.  And finished, I think it's sort of a cross between Steampunk and Victorian with a touch of Goth.  Hadn't been going for the last, but the color scheme almost insured it would seem that way a bit.  I imagine it worn with a sleek black dress framed by a low neckline. 

What do you think?

Snowflake and Stars Kit Giveaway


And just a quick reminder - if you're interested in entering my give-away for a Beaded Snowflakes and Stars Kit and Tutorial leave a comment here.  I'll be drawing the winner on Saturday. 

15 comments:

  1. Moonlight and Shadows...what a stunner! Absolutely beautiful! I am always in awe of all you have going on in a piece yet it all is so cohesive.

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  2. This is such a beautiful necklace Karen. I love your work and have found your book really ispirational!

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  3. Delicious! The focal bead could so easily have overwhelmed or overbalanced the delicacy of the lacework, but it's just perfect. What a gorgeous piece this would be with either a little black dress or against winter white...

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  4. So delicate & gorgeous. Love it!

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  5. How pretty, would look gorgeous on any tree!

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  6. That turned out really well. I love the shape of the piece overall. I bet it lays wonderfully around the neck.

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  7. Wow! You seriously rocked that pendant! I soo love the delicate style of this piece my friend. I love seeing what you create, it is always such an inspiration.

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  8. Your creativity with freeform is amazing. I am just blown away!!! It was well worth waiting for. Yes I would love your pattern and kit!

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  9. You've turned that gin blossom bead (quite a treasure on it own!) into a spectacular neckpiece, and I really like the elegant touch you brought with your closure.

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  10. you always do such a great job with color and balance. I love it!

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  11. This is gorgeous! I love how you worked the gin blossom in there asymmetrically; it does look like it's trapped in a spider web. And I love how you incorporated the washer

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  12. There's still time to enter my drawing - I've decided to extend the deadline until tomorrow morning.

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  13. Love your new necklace. Can't wait to try some corset beads!
    Leanne.

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  14. Karen, it's amazing! I love how it's asymmetrical and at the same time, so balanced. Once again, seeing your work makes me want to give freeform RAW a go. :)

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