October 15, 2011

Harder than it looks



I saw a few designs in yesterday's hop that incorporated wire wrapped around Sari silk. Let me tell you. It's a lot harder than it looks. I was inspired by the Sari designs and last night, put together this necklace where I used some gunmetal wire wrapped around a delicious green sari ribbon. I added some pale green seed beads onto the wire. I fought and fought with it. I'm not sure if I would do it again. But the necklace is pretty cool. I used a new pendant from the Adorned Life line by Rebecca Nunn (at michaels) It took me awhile but I figured out that it opens and so I replaced the images that were inside with some cool paper that I bought from talented artist Valentina of ValentinaDesign. It's two sided, with similar color palettes on both sides.

Simple chain up the back and a Tierra Cast toggle finishes the piece off. One thing I need to get is some more antiqued silver clasps. I am always at a shortage for these. Got plenty of copper and brass. Never enough silver.





Looking forward to a solid day and a half of beading, as Joe is out of town at a conference all weekend. It's just me 'n the beads. Hope you all have a good weekend!

16 comments:

  1. I havent attempted this yet because quite frankly, it looks intimidating and frustrating! Have fun with your full day of beading!!!

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  2. Great design, as usual, a one of a kind piece, yet another learning experience.
    Sometimes it's nice to have a free day to yourself, enjoy the day.
    'love your designs.
    Chris

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  3. I looked at those sari ribbon pieces wrapped with wire and beads and loved them. And then I thought how deceptively effortless they were. It's a great look though I imagine quite fiddly. Love the colours in that paper an the overall balance of this design.

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  4. Love your design Lorelei. I bet it was difficult wrapping the wire and beads around the silk ribbon, but it turned out to be beautiful.
    Enjoy your day!
    Therese

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  5. great design, i love sari silk, haven't tried using it though..love this color combo

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  6. Agree it is harder to do this type of wrapping than it looks. You pulled it together very well. Like what you did with the pendant. I'm a sucker for two sided pieces.

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  7. Looks great. I love playing with sari - yeah, it's a pain sometimes, but I'm usually always pleased with the results. You might find yourself wanting to do it again before you know it :)

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  8. WOW!! I love your jewelry :-)

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  9. Lorelei, this necklace is just beautiful, and the focal pendant really caught my eye! I've not tried to wrap sari ribbon with wire, but have seen it done (less successfully than yours), and I too thought it looked simple!

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  10. You've inspired me; I tried to fight it, but I've ended up buying 3 skeins of sari ribbon. I hope it doesn't take long to get here!

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  11. It looks great! It sure does take some getting used to, but it can be just the right thing to add :)

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  12. Love this necklace you created and the pendant you changed is really cool!

    Your wrapping on the Sari Silk is fantastic - you'd never know you had any trouble with it at all!

    Love the colors in this one, too, by the way.

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  13. Really nice job. I am not a fan of working with seed beads either. Love how they look but they make my fingers itch when I use them!!!

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  14. Thanks for the heads up on the difficulty factor. You pulled it all together beautifully, Lorelei!

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  15. This is a great necklace, I really like the one you posted today as well!

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  16. Great idea...and thanks for the tip on opening the pendant. I love Nunn designs and wish they would market a blank pendant in their Michaels line. I have a hard time sourcing blank pendants locally, and would love the option of being able to just buy one at the store (without having to take it apart).

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