I have been slowly collecting the components for this Alice in Wonderland themed necklace. I first got the idea when flipping through Beads 2009 magazine, and came across the page with some of Jennifer Heynen's Jangles beads, and Melanie's Earthenwood Studios beads.
As soon as I saw the Earthenwood clock, it all started coming together in my mind. I ask Jennifer to send me some of her ceramic links. This is the first time I've used Jennifer's beads in my designs! This piece is the perfect first use of Jangles beads. Then I contacted Melanie and she sent me the clock,
and also the key pendant, and mushroom charm. I knew I had been holding onto my rabbit Ojime bead for months, and knew it would be just the thing for that Rabbit element of the necklace.
And what the heck, I even made my own artbead, of sorts! I took some Vintaj Brass Co. name plates, and printed up a little Drink me tag, added a little yellow colored pencil, and glued it in between 2 plates. Then attached it with jump rings to each of the green ceramic links.
To make the piece a little more unique, instead of leaving the Jangles links plain, I wrapped some 26g brass wire with small seed beads around each of the steel wavy link sections.
I am really so proud of the outcome. I think it still keeps that wearability but also contains that special "Art Jewelry" element too.
It definitely makes me want to go watch Alice in Wonderland. My favorite version is the one from 1999. I'll leave you with a little bit of Alice...