Friday, July 15, 2016

The Long Road To Another Necklace

I've been getting up another half hour earlier for the past week to spend one and a half hours in the studio before starting the rest of my day. While I'm somewhat blurry-eyed this week, I'm adjusting. It's good. I do my best work in the morning so I want to lengthen the morning "hour" to two hours. That may mean getting up another half hour earlier or adding it to the end. I'm not sure yet.



 


After testing a few different methods, a combination of pins, a ruler, and a zipper foot seems to work for the serger curl collar. It's still slow but not nearly as slow as sewing the details by hand. After all the sampling, I was a bit tired of the piece and decided to it away and work on it next week when my friend is visiting. It'll be much easier with conversation.





I first posted this picture of Audrey from AdvancedStyle in November. Not only do I absolutely LOVE her entire outfit, I'm so inspired by that necklace that I've been working on ideas from it ever since. Not successfully. But ideas. It's not three years (yet) like the previous piece but it's certainly a long road to another necklace.





I've been playing with black and white ideas including painting some wooden discs and attaching knot beads to them. The "chain" is a piece of cotton tubing wrapped with black and white fabric and tied with pearl cotton. HOWEVER...





... the knot buttons looked like blobs on a background. There's no real interest and the definition of the cording doesn't show SO...





... I tried adding beads to one and beads and paint to another and they - really - did not improve the situation. When the pieces are placed with the "chain" it all looks...





... less than lovely and not exactly what I was going for. As I did with the previous piece, I want to push forward to finished realizing that even though I don't have the skills now to execute the idea I have, I have enough skills to execute an idea and if I do that, and again, eventually I'll get where I want to go SO...





... instead of a necklace with a lot of dangling parts, I'm looking at creating one with a main focal point. To start, I painted a grey rock black and then coated it with a clear finish and now I'm exploring ideas for finishing it and joining it to the "chain". And adding some definition. It - too - is looking like a black blob. That's what I'm working on this morning.





Ricky's (a ladies clothing store) had these - IMHO rather ugly - necklaces and bracelets marked way down from $14.99 and $16.99 to half off the last marked price. I bought them for a dollar each which is way less than I'd pay for the magnetic clasps. YES YES - love when I find a good deal like this. The clasps are too small for the "chain" of the necklace I'm working on but they'll work for something.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - keep going

8 comments:

  1. Could you "upholster" those new necklaces and bracelets to turn them into something new?

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    1. I'm not sure. I thought about that but they're a mesh tube filled with small rock chips that shift and leave empty spaces so it's not a sturdy base to build on. One thing I could do is cut a slit, pour out the rock chips, and build from there. It might work. I certainly have enough to experiment with.

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  2. "I painted a grey rock black. . ." Oh Myrna, only you!! Only you! You are such a light in my world sometimes!!!

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    1. LOL - I had a rock and I had black paint. I did not have a black rock. Using what I had... Happy to light your world.

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  3. Maybe larger discs so proportion is greater between disk and knot?

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    1. It's an idea to explore. Maybe one big disk... or three... hmm... Thanks.

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  4. Beats me, kiddo, as I don't make jewelry. But like Claire, I love that you painted that rock black. You are intrepid!

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