A few weeks ago, my partner gave me this gorgeous Amazonite pedant along with some amazonite beads. I made a necklace out of the beads, but this pendant, in spite of having a hole in it, is flat-backed, perfect as a cabochon on a bead embroidered necklace.
Now, I’ve only done one whole collar before, but
a basic design was aready singing to me, and it kept me awake until the early
hours when I gave up, fetched my notebook from the kitchen and sat up as the
birds began to sing, drawing my design ideas. (Creative people will tell you
this happens from time to time, and it’s always a good idea to have a notebook
on hand in every room just in case).
Six pages of drawings later and I had a choice
of possibilities, so I put the notepad away and slept like a baby.
The following day, with matches holding my eyes
open, I sat at the table with my now drawn out ideas, but none felt quite
right, so I drew the basic shape again, placed the pendant in the middle and
drew round it, and created this…
Now I’m in the process of transforming that
design into a fully beaded collar. I’ve so far glued and beaded around the
pendant and a few oval amazonite cabochons, and I’m in the process of attaching
some Swarovsky rivolis. The overall colour scheme is white with some mint greens,
sea-foam blues and pale greys, with a gorgeous outline of jonquil-lined gold
I still have to cover the hole in the pendant. There is a choice of different ways to do this, and for now I'll keep it to myself, but I am sure it'll work well with the whole necklace.
When I find a beautiful slab of gemstone like this amazonite, I get excited as the whole piece starts to come together, transforming a vaque picture in my head of what I want it to be, into a real piece. It'll take a while to finish yet, especially as at the moment I'm not working on it every day due to working with polymer clay, which takes time and my table space, but it'll be worth waiting for.