Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Melanie from Earthenwood Studio is my soup partner and this is the wonderful selection of ingredients she sent me. So lovely and perfect. The color is just amazing! I love turquoise - it is one of my favorite stones! Now as you can see, Melanie was way beyond generous and because of it I have plenty of glorious beads left over for future creations! Thank you Melanie!!! Now to talk of the process and the beads themselves..... You know, when I first opened this package of yumminess, I instantly thought "piece of cake." I mean, how much of a challenge could this be- it's ALL here! And yet, I spent a good thirty hours or so -no lie- just on configurations. And the challenge I found was in Melanie's beads themselves. YOU HAVE TO HOLD AN EARTHENWOOD BEAD TO UNDERSTAND. This pendant is significant in size and weight. Yet the color and motif - soft and delicate. It did not want to be paired up with multiple strands of chunky turquoise-which I kept insisting on doing. It wanted all it's aspects to be respected. It wanted earthy and airy. It wanted lightness ala substance. While I know that each designer is different with unique tastes and perspectives, this is the final design that I came up with. I feel like the part of the necklace that wants to take flight is anchored with chain elements and earthiness. The solid look of turquoise juxtaposed with faceted transparency of crystal and green garnet. Thank you again to Melanie. Make sure you check out her blog and her Etsy shops. And by all means, treat yourself to one (or more!) of her beads! Thank you again to Lori for hosting such a great event!!!! Click on the Bead Soup Party picture on my side bar to go to her blog page where she has all the participants and links to their blogs. Thanks for looking! Enjoy!!!