Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Queens Jewels

Ive just finished my latest creation that was sparked by some Swarovski crystal that I got through Artbeads blogging for beads program*. I was sent some fabulous crystals in the crystal red magma color, which is one I hadn't seen in person yet. What a fabulous color! One of the crystals I chose was a 30mm fancy oval, which captured the color beautifully. A lovely crimson/brown color is how I would describe it.
So for this necklace, I bezzelled the 30mm fancy oval with delicas in both size 11s, and size 15s(which are fairly new). I surrounded it with a spray of 4mm round crystal fringe, and then suspended it from 2 leopard skin jasper teardrop beads, and hung a 3rd from its bottom. The teardrops are also bezzelled with size 11 and size 15 delicas. I also had some 22mm cosmic ovals which I attached to the top of the 2 teardrops and then attached the strap to the other side of the ovals.
The center part of the pendant measures 3 1/2 inches from the top of the crystal fringe, to the bottom of the teardrop. The necklace measures about 19 inches long.
The strap is made with size 11 delicas, and 4mm round crystals in the herringbone stitch. A pattern was created in the strap using the same burgandy delicas used to bezel the stones and crystal, and a gray delica which matches the color in the leopard skin jasper teardrops.
The toggle is made up of a sparkly wheel (pattern by Nikia Angel), and a bar. the sparkly wheel uses 4mm bicone crystals, 4mm round jasper beads, and size 11 delicas.I have to say, after trying the size 15 delicas, I am impressed with their shape, and uniformity. They blended so well with the size 11s that it looked seemless. I also will add that they break very easily because of their size, so I think I will stick with my size 15 seed beads, becase they will be better for multiple passes through the beads.

This necklace will be going on to my etsy store, for I am entering it into the March challenge whos theme is "fairy tales". Voting takes place between the 9th and the 15th of March at the etsy beadweavers blog, so stop by my etsy store to purchase this lovely, or drop on by the blog between those dates and vote for it!

*disclaimer - all beads recieved from are free of cost to me in exchange for trying them out and giving my honest opinion of them good or bad.


SharDon Exclusives said...

WOW!!! What a gorgeous piece! I mean GORGEOUS! I love it,

coolmoon said...

Stunning! It seems great minds think alike lately - I too, am into the bezeling craze right now. I'm working on a bezeling and freeform piecr right now that will be titled "Wicked". Happy Beading!

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

This necklace is incredible! I wish I knew how to bezel around cabochons like that. It sure gives the stone a 'stage' so to speak! Just a stunning piece!

Magdaleena said...

It looks beautiful, I love the CAB use and beading around it, I have not figured that out yet :)

Renée T. Bouchard said...

WOW- that necklace makes a STATEMENT! Nicely done- you are obviously a talented beader!

Sally said...

Sometimes serendipity leads you to a site that is so creative ya just gotta check it out beyond the first one or two posts ... which is what I did this afternoon. I love your designs and colours and ideas. You are an inspiration!