Thursday, November 18, 2010

More fun in the studio ...

I love to hand-knot bead strands!  It is so calming and restful.  I'm on my way to Florida and have hand-knotted two pearl necklaces while in the car! It goes pretty fast and is not hard to do.  The drape of the beads is indescribable ... it is almost like liquid. Not only that, but those little knots add a separation between beads ... to set them off.




What follows are some really long necklaces, which I enjoy wearing.  You don't have to worry about necklines, because it's more about waistlines ... which is almost where these necklaces reach!  But, we're not going to talk about waistlines, especially with Thanksgiving on the way! This necklace is called "Big Help!"  I wonder where I got that name?  It's like my Bench Collection necklaces, only quieter.  The necklace features a lot of the different enameling techniques ... millefiori and lump enamel in the center pendant, a decal on "Big Help," Nile Green transparent enamel on sterling silver, and the little piece you can really see in this photo because it's turned is an example of champleve.

Big Help!

Big Help!, detail

"She seams to like it!" has a sewing theme.  The decals are from a 1935 Montgomery Wards catalog.  Imagine dress forms for $10.98?  The advertising is hysterical ... Have lovely lashes like the screen
beauties ... The buttons are held on with waxed linen.


She seams to like it!

She seams to like it!, detail




More to come tomorrow!


10 comments:

Courtney said...

i love this! beautiful piece.

Laura Twiford said...

Have a safe trip to Florida! It's funny my parents are on their way up as we speak, will be here later today. It's nice that you can work in the car and the dress form ad is amazing! Very cool!

romantic decay said...

Very Pretty! Love the length and colors.

Have a great time in Florida.

Michelle said...

These are lovely...I really like the soft aqua with the brass...and the length???? Love it!
Bead happy!
Michelle

sharon said...

Really cool Barbara! Love the length and the buttons, all the unique elements!

diane cook said...

Knotting can be relaxing can't it? Love the lengths =)

Pretty Things said...

So when can we get together so you can teach me to knot? I rather stink at it!

LOVE your pieces.

Barbara Lewis said...

Thank you everyone! When I can corner one of my children to take photos, I'll show you the knotting technique through photos. Super simple~

Jacqueline said...

I love the earthiness of your jewelry!

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