Monday, June 25, 2012

Being caught

Remember those candy-like jade beads I found not so long ago in all sorts of pastel colours? I bought them with one idea in mind, to make flowers, like the blue ones... back then, the blue flowers will be just... blue... however, during Judy Glende's Flap Your Wings challenge they became (rightfully so) Forget-me-nots... and somehow making same flowers with the other colours wouldn't fit that well anymore :) I know, I'm crazy.

Caught you! (sterling silver, jade, chainmaille, wire wrapping) :: All Pretty Things That's why the beads were waiting in the box: yellows, and oranges, pinks and a beautiful rich green, some purple / burgundy, plus a gorgeous teal. Until a couple of weeks ago... when the teal got caught in a net... like this...

Caught you! (sterling silver, jade, chainmaille, wire wrapping) :: All Pretty ThingsI stumbled upon a very nice chainmaille technique, and a very easy one at that (chainmaille can be cumbersome at times, and complex most of the time). Obviously, I had to try it - it's quite cute, I would say :)

At the time everyone was talking about beaded chains and the focal now would make lots of sense using one, I had the smaller size beads in same teal and, of course, I had to make a beaded clasp too!

All together they make a beautiful necklace:

Caught you! (sterling silver, jade, chainmaille, wire wrapping) :: All Pretty Things
Caught you!
Sterling silver, Jade, Chainmaille, Wire wrapping

Caught you! (sterling silver, jade, chainmaille, wire wrapping) :: All Pretty Things

P.S. When I finished the 'Caught You!' necklace my son promptly asked me to make him one as well. We are debating colours now.

19 comments:

  1. I love it! What a happy color! It's a great necklace and I'm glad you mentioned your son wanting one because with the right bead I can see this being worn by a guy.

    love the chain maille as well!

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    1. Thanks, Kimberly - yeah, the 'right' bead is the keyword :) But you're right, just the focal on a simple chain or some leather - it'll make for a neat one.

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  2. I love to see a bead trapped! That is very pretty focal - love it!

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    1. Oh, that's funny - help, my beads are trapped! :) Thanks, Patti, glad you like it!

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  3. Beautiful necklace. I like how you did the focal. Beautiful colors.

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    1. Thank you, Linda - I sure had fun making it :) and I agree, I really like how the teal goes with the silver, I'll have to try it with some darker colours too - it'll have a different feel.

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  4. I have created chainmaille captures, but Alicia, this is the most beautiful capture ever!! Love how you've held jade in an open, silver cylinder as a focal, and made a stunning, rich yet soothing jade necklace. Lovely! ♥

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, you're very sweet!

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  5. Alicia,
    Your necklace is gorgeous! I love how you did the focal pendant. It is so cool that you Son wants one too.
    Therese

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    1. Thank you, Therese - I am so happy you (and everyone else, it seems!) like it. I am making one for his teacher first - and once we decide on colours, I'll make him one too :)

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  6. This is amazing! Love the colors and the pendant. So very very pretty. I would not have the patience for chainmaille, admire anyone who does!

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    1. Thanks, Kashmira - usually I don't adventure with chainmaille, I find it too complex, but this one was surprisingly easy to complete.

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  7. This is GORGEOUS! I would totally wear this piece!!!

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    1. Oh, thank you, Keri - that's a huge compliment! I knew the piece is quite unusual and I loved it from the start, but the response to it is both honouring and humbling.

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  8. So pretty. Amazing what can be done with one type of bead in the hands of a wonderful designer.

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    1. Marlene, you're very kind, than you! So glad you like it :)

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  9. I just LOVE when this happens: I see a colour I would normally "pass on" (I'm SO NOT a pastel person)... and then to see what you did with it... so appealing... well, I'm picking my jaw up off the floor. I love to be proved wrong at my age... TeeHee!

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    1. Monique, this is so lovely - thank you!

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  10. Hello !
    Nu ştiu cât ai muncit la aşa ceva, dar ce a rezultat e superbissim ! Culoarea jadului este foarte frumoasă, caldă, iar ideea de realizare a pandantivului este cu totul deosebită ! La mai multe , tot aşa frumoase !
    mama.

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