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« on: June 03, 2012 07:01:26 AM »

My Hobbit Swap partner has received her package so I can finally post this piece of jewellery without spoiling her surprise Grin



Here it is in all its glory! I'm kind of selfishly in love with this piece. Grin I'm definitely going to make something similar for myself later on... but in gold 'cause I don't wear silver.

There are dark branches of Mirkwood forest, spiders, butterflies that Bilbo sees when he climbs up in one of the tree. Blue glass beads on other side represent Forest river which carries them out of the forest. One of beads is caged as in "imprisoned". Teehee! Got it? Okay, not very good joke I must admit but joke nevertheless... Chain in it is Jens Pind Lincage I made myself! Weaving tutorial can be found here.

It's a really dangly piece, I hope it won't get caught on things too much.



Closeup pic of spider and butterfly.



Centerpiece.



I made matching bracelet from some leftover pieces so I could justify myself to buy that beautiful clasp. Grin



I'm posting some work-in-progress photos too cause I thought it might be fun for you to see how all this took its form. Here are first spiders just hangin' around (probably thinking something like "What on earth are we doing here?") Second spider had later its legs trimmed bit shorter...



Loads of experiments in this picture, Can you find them all?
-Jens Pind Linkage chain that was too chunky (it ended up as bracelet and I made another chain from smaller links)
-Early experiments for branch links with flower
-Small chain (too tricky to make, I ended up buying it ready made)
-Black River
-"Dwarf in a barrel"
-running Forest river



Third bigger spider joins the party! I was really tempted to make small wrapped dwarf hanging from the web as well...



This is a bit really bittersweet picture because there's lots of elements that I would love to have included but in the end they just didn't seem to fit anywhere. I really love that little owl, it just had a wrong kind of hole in it (big round on it's side and still too small for bracelet's chain)! I also found perfect barrels for escaping dwarfs but had to leave them out in the end, one of them is included in bracelet though. Also had to leave out some butterflies and most of metallic leaves but managed to sneak some of them in at least. Wink "River" part was too heavy this way and dragging whole thing off balance so I had to leave most beads out of it as well.



I also posted small "how to make silvery spiders" tutorial on HP Summer semester Craftalong, just follow the spidersGrin
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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2012 07:25:40 AM »

WOW! Your work is so beautiful!  I love the way you incorporated so many elements in such a creative way Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2012 07:34:21 AM »

wow!!  This is AWESOME!!  I LOVE it!!!  Great job!
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2012 09:03:30 AM »

This is amazing!
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2012 10:37:10 AM »

That's an exquisitely wearable work of art. Love how so many of the major elements (the web pendant, spiders, chain...) are handmade too, even though it would have been possible to find most of them pre-made if you'd really wanted to. All that extra effort makes it that much more special!
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2012 11:45:18 AM »

Love how so many of the major elements (the web pendant, spiders, chain...) are handmade too, even though it would have been possible to find most of them pre-made if you'd really wanted to. All that extra effort makes it that much more special!

Than you! Actually, where I live we have to make our own parts. Most of those amazing supplies I see in other people's jewellery aren't available around here... I'm planning to make major supplies-for-years-to-come order from U.S. or Asia... Or how about: Will weave chain for charms! Wink

It's not that I'm shamed to use pre-made parts if I ever get hold of any Grin
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2012 01:19:09 PM »

There's no shame in using pre-made parts - I just think you should be extra proud of your handmade ones, because they're stunning! Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2012 09:38:01 AM »

A masterpiece you've made here!!  All these handmade pieces are so well made, at first I thought you must have bought them!  Hitting this rocks!
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« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2012 05:13:57 PM »

This is so beautiful and creative! I love how you used wire to incorporate the beads into the necklace. Good job =)
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