Glass Pearl and Crystal Bead Suede Macrame Single Strand Wire Wrapped Necklace
I spent several hours across a couple of evenings making this necklace. It’s a mother’s day gift for my mom back home in Puerto Rico, made to match a suede macrame glass pearl bracelet, and pair of matching earrings. I don’t generally do jewelry in sets, mainly because I think that people don’t “do that” anymore, that it’s old fashioned. My mom however loves sets and she was thrilled when I surprised her with the earrings in addition to the bracelet, so I’m thinking (and hoping) she’ll love this as well. This design might seem odd for a woman in her late 50s (it comes off as a little Neo-victorian/steampunkish to me with the “rawness” of the metal colored wire mixed with the pearls), and while my mom is certainly on the conservative/old fashioned side, she’s got a little bit of a fashionista in her so I’ll know she’ll appreciate a modern twist on the traditional pearl necklace.
The three bottom pictures are “process” shots, if you will. I generally start my having an idea of an design in my mind, sometimes it will be concrete and sometimes it will be vague, like in this case. I knew what pieces I needed to use to make it match the bracelet and earrings, but I wasn’t all together sure of how to tie everything in. I laid the pieces out in what’s traditionally a baking pan, but I’ve been using it as my component-organizing pan, and my polymer clay baking pan. It’s never been used for food, only jewelry. I realize most people have a bead organizer tray with different necklace sizes and compartments for the beads. And don’t get me wrong, I’d love one, but I like my pan too. #DIYFTW.
The second to last picture is a fancy artsy shot of the main bead components. It’s a glass pearl with pewter beadcaps and small black beads. Secured with double/triple wire wrapped loops. Gave the picture a vintage-like effect because I thought it fit in well with the whole “pearl” concept. The last picture are the pieces laid out on a microfiber buffing cloth so they don’t roll around on me. It actually took me about an hour to come up with a “design” because I kept re-arranging pieces around and second-guessing myself. Even when I started putting it together I kept having doubts and moving pieces around.
I don’t have a close up shot unfortunately, but I also made some custom wire-wrapped beads to go as spacers, though you can sort of see here that I ended up putting other beads alongside them as I kept thinking that the wire beads alone felt empty. I did like the look and concept and was thinking about maybe expanding on that with another design.
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