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socksuka
« on: December 26, 2007 02:34:20 PM »

Hi guys,

I got a great price on freshwater pearls right before Christmas, so I had a beading bonanza!  They are all kind of variations on the same thing.  I like sculptural jewelry, so a lot of the stuff I do is multi-strand in one or more places and can be worn in a variety of different ways.



Here I made a "bead" by taking two caps and wrapping several strands of pearls together.  It sits off center on the clavicle.



This is a more conservative piece for my boyfriend's mom.  It's a long string of pearls that break off into multi-strand in places.  You can wear it as either a bracelet or a necklace.



This one is my favorite.  It has the same idea as the necklace for the focal point, but like the last one, you can wear it as either a bracelet or a necklace.  This is the one that inspired the whole set... I needed to make some jewelry for a girl who is earthy and not that conservative, but is a lawyer and must dress the part.  I thought the bamboo really brought down the traditionalism of the pearls, but still kept it elegant and interesting.

What do you guys think?  I would love critiques!
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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2007 03:30:51 PM »

Mixing bamboo and pearls isn't something I would have thought of! That's cool.
The multistrand...ed...ness (is too a word) of the necklaces kind of brings to mind vintage pearl pieces I've seen at various shops. Nice way to bring a traditional structure in and pair it with some contemporary materials.
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2007 12:26:17 PM »

Thanks InstantKarma!  I was totally going for a vintage feel. 

P.S. Love your avatar!
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2007 11:18:11 AM »

those are so elegant! really pretty!
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2007 11:49:09 AM »

very pretty and striking, and I love asymmetry and off centeredness!
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2007 03:25:07 PM »

I love the last one!  Gorgeous! Shocked
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2007 11:27:47 AM »

Those are absolutely beautiful.  I am a particular fan of the last one though I love them all.  I love how you wound the strands of tiny pearls around the bigger strand of pearls, it gives the pearls some whimsy.  Who knew pearls had whimsy??? Roll Eyes

What a great idea, wrapping the strands like that.  One question...the first necklace...does the weight of the pearly "big bead" pull it down so it's at the bottom of the necklace or does it stay off to the side as you designed it to do?  I always worry about that with asymmetrical designs.

A really great combo of materials for sure.  I bet your lawyer friend just loved that last one.  It looks classy and earthy at the same time.
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2007 09:01:27 PM »

Thank you so much for all the kind words!!!

Tinsel... I was worried about that too, and tried to offset it by putting two big pearls as weights (for the most part) at the end of the chain going down the back.  It works well if you are wearing it as a choker.  I'm also glad the whimsy came across.  Can you tell I'm waaaay to casual to be doing anything with pearls? Wink
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