So as I mentioned last week, I signed up for the Year of Jewelry Project. This week’s inspiration was a painting by Jackson Pollock. I’m not really into splatter paintings, and was drawing a blank. However the colors of the painting were green, black, white and gold/bronze so I started to dig through my bead stash.
I found some nice green super duos and remembered a bracelet I made a few years ago that was featured in the Beadworkers Guild journal, so I dug into my 4mm bicones. I had 24 beautiful Swarovski bicones in a fabulous color, crystal iridescent green, which I had to use. But…the pattern for the bracelet used 10 units of 4 bicones meaning I would need 40 bicones. Typical!! I never have enough (and hubby wonders why I need more beads all the time).
So, time to get creative. I selected some bronze/coppery seed beads and decided to put a diamond motif between the Swarovski/super duo units to help extend the length. It looked really pretty, but I decided to extend it into a choker, since they are all the rage at the moment.
I didn’t think repeating just diamonds in seed beads for the rest of the choker would be interesting enough, so I made bigger diamonds around super duos in order to carry the green motif through the rest of the chain. For sizing flexibility, I finished off with a bronze extension chain and a lobster claw clasp.
Oh, did I mention I’m a perfectionist? I sewed through the whole thing again to reinforce it and make sure all the links were tight, it took an extra 30 minutes at least – if not more.
I called it Absinthe as a nod to the Green Fairy as it’s quite romantic and edgy. And I ordered more of the crystal iridescent green bicones. I love it so much I want to make a matching bracelet and earrings, and maybe a ring.
By the way, hubby loves this! Whew…