This piece began with just the stones. I was thinking about making a chunky three-strand design using the big stones against some very basic wood beads. But, when I put it all together, it was boring.
So, I scrapped that idea and pulled out some chain. I really didn’t have a lot left to work with, so I knew I had to be creative. And, that’s where the wire came in.
I made wire sections for the two natural agate stones first. Then, I added the chain sections and attached the blue agate stone and an orange-dyed howlite nugget. I had a little bit of chain left, so I divided it into small sections to create an additional decorative element to the focal, which hangs 6.5 inches. The focal also features those beads I talked about that seem to go so well with everything.
I still needed to finish this piece, and I was out of chain. So, I formed coiled wire loops with a zig-zag wire design. They added about another inch to both sides, but the necklace still was too short.
So, I grabbed the wooden chips. I wanted two strands of them on each side as much for decoration as to add strength to the necklace. Crystals were used to complete the final sections and I added a brass lobster clasp.
Of course, I had to make matching earrings. These hang about 2.5 inches and feature the same zig-zag coil design.
I started on another piece that I will finish tonight. Stay tuned on that one.
I like this one because it looks like it would go perfectly with so many outfits. With what kind of outfit would you wear this piece?