I was asked a few months ago to donate a piece of jewelry for a silent auction at a fund raising event. At the time I was going away on holiday soon, so I planned to bring some beads with me, but did I remember to pack them the last minute? Anyhow, the event will be on this Saturday evening, so I started this piece two weeks ago, and finished it last night, just in time to send it in. Originally I was going to make a smaller, simpler and more wearable necklace, but I wasn't happy with how it looked, so I added a little more.... and a little more.... and a little more.... The main stones are Swarovski crystal AB, which I beaded around and set on a base of black lace. Added some diamantes, Swarovski pearls, glass pearls, seed beads, and a filigree metal stamping which was originally bright silver in colour (I painted it with acrylics, alcohol inks and Gilder's paste, and varnished it with DG3). Also made a pair of matching earrings, which I haven't included in the photos. I think it looks rather Art deco, and I'm quite happy with how it turns out. It's very sparkly in real life. Apparently this will be the only jewelry item in the auction. Must admit I'm feeling a little nervous now. Hopefully someone will bid for it on the night. Thanks for looking, and please click on the photos if you would like a larger view.
PS. Just a quick update - the necklace was sold at auction for a fantastic price. I was so relieved that someone bought it, and that I didn't have to bid for it myself, LOL.