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« on: February 10, 2010 12:38:56 PM »

While I'm not really a Beatles fan, the tune kept popping into my head while making this so i suppose its named itself, irregardless of how I feel about it Smiley

This is my submission for the colours of the sea jewelry challenge. The pendant is hand cut, pierced and polished from silver, and the necklace has two strands - one of clear crystal Swarovski chain, and another made of sterling chain and graduated Swarovski crystals which run from an AB clear to an opaque Caribbean blue. The “seaweed” is made of sterling wire and green Swarovski crystals (finished with handmade sterling headpins), and the blue bubbles are sterling wire and tiny apatite rondelles. Finally, the octopus’s “treasure” is a Tahitian coloured Swarovski pearl finished with a sterling bead cap and handmade headpin. The vintage-inspired double strand clasp is silver plated with clear crystals.

I stuck with clear beads and silver at the top of the necklace to represent the surf/bubbles, then used progressively darker/more opaque blues to give the impression of water depth, added the green accents for seaweed, and finished with the dark green/blue pearl to represent deep waters. At the centre of it all is the octopus, just hanging out and doing its thing  Smiley




I had a terrible time with photos- didn't get a chance to take some proper shots in my lightbox so I took some beside a window this morning. Anyway, at least I got some photos, and my lovely coworker P lent me her neck for an action shot Smiley

I hope you like it!
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2010 01:08:06 PM »

I love what you've done! The pose for the octopus is really cool, and looks great with the two chains. I would love to see how all those beads shine irl, I bet it's fantastic.
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2010 01:31:34 PM »

Thanks! I love how the pendant turned out Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2010 01:31:53 PM »

Wow - that really tells a great story, and such a cool octopus.
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2010 02:59:52 PM »

Very pretty! I love the octopus itself and the seaweed danglies!
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2010 09:26:42 PM »

I am so impressed with this! The octopus shape is so perfect and eye-catching, and the colors are simply lovely...
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2010 07:24:37 AM »

I love love this one! 
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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2010 09:40:10 AM »

 I love your piece! Great job in the silver work, and just the whole design. It looks like you have a strong lead, and it's well deserved!
  Would you please share ... did you cut that Octo with a hand saw or a dremel? Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2010 11:32:38 AM »

Wow, love that octo and the "seaweed" looks great...very nice! I always follow your work on your blog so glad to see it here Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2010 10:55:40 AM »

I love your piece! Great job in the silver work, and just the whole design. It looks like you have a strong lead, and it's well deserved!
  Would you please share ... did you cut that Octo with a hand saw or a dremel? Thanks!

Its cut with a hand saw Smiley I don't actually know how to cut things out with a dremel... I must have the wrong attachments or something.
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