I usually buy jewelry books for inspiration and techniques and don’t necessarily make the exact projects that are featured. However, the book Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry by Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel has so many wonderful projects in it and such a wide variety, that I have made a few. I know I will make more. One I made is based on a sweet design by Lorelei Eurto appropriately called Sweet Nectar.
Let me make a few apologies before I go on. I took this photo before I had any idea how to take a decent picture. (My pictures are still far from perfect, but I have improved. At least when there is decent light.) Also, I have no idea who made the art beads. The long, colorful bead was a gift from Bead & Button some years ago. I purchased the ginkgo leaf at the Art Fair on the Square. Both purchases happened before I knew the term “art bead” and knew to save the name of the artist so I could give credit.
After I made this necklace, I really liked it. However, when I wore it, the leaf would move around and always be crooked. I couldn’t be comfortable wearing a necklace with a constantly crooked pendant. When I thought about potential fixes, I figured a couple of twists of WoolyWire on either side of the leaf would cure the problem. WoolyWire is a favorite product of mine. In fact, I had used it for this necklace in place of some of the leather because my leather wouldn’t go through the long bead twice. This morning I decided I wanted to wear the necklace, so I quickly put my fix into action.
It’s possible the wraps would have been a little neater if I hadn’t been in a hurry, had worn my glasses or had turned on my task lights. However, I’m trying to get over my need for things to be super neat and “perfect” since I really like the messy and rough look of other artists when I see it. Also, these pieces of WoolyWire were from a place in the coil that were a bit more fuzzy. Fuzzy WoolyWire needs love too! I didn’t wrap it too tightly against the pendant so it still has movement. The book speaks of that as a feature of the necklace. I am very pleased with the fix. I’m happy to be able to start wearing this necklace because I really like the design. Thanks, Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry!