I started with some swarovski rivoli buttons that I got from artbeads.com . Needless to say, they were FABULOUS! I had three 27mm buttons, two 23mm buttons, and a little 12mm button I used for the clasp. I bezeled the buttons with some gold lined delicas, and sewed them all together to make the centerpiece. It still needed something, so I added an 18mm rivoli to the top of the centerpiece, and added a swarovski 30mm crystal heart dangle to the bottom.
One of the things I liked so much about the rivoli buttons (besides the sizes which were great!) is that they have a hole on the back, so once I sewed them all together, I strung the whole thing on some 49 strand .019 diameter soft flex, so I feel this necklace is really well constructed.
I covered the soft flex on the back with some gold size 8 seed beads, just so you wouldn't have to look at the wire. The wire continues on through the whole necklace to make it extra sturdy. I then used some fireline to make the strap a flat spiral, because I felt just the 6mm crystals by themselves was a little to boring (LOL). As I said, I didn't get this done on time to enter the contest, but I will be adding it to my etsy page soon!
Right when I finished this sparkly piece, I had to immediately jump on my entry to Step by Step Beads colorworks challenge with Margie Deeb. I had no clue what to make with the color combo I was supposed to use, orange/purple/green. But after finding some seed beads in a harmonious palette, it just kind of happened. I had Vicki Hubbard (from Purple Sage) make me a dichroic fused glass donut, and the rest just fell into place!
I managed to get this finished, and my entry mailed off at 11:58pm on May 15Th (the deadline), just in the nick of time! I'm really happy with how it turned out, and am more then happy to add this piece to my own collection of jewelry. I will be keeping it myself because I was quite disappointed with the metallic orange Japanese seed beads I had. I know metallic finishes wont last forever, but was peeved to have it start to come off while I was still creating this piece.