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I bought this pretty polymer clay pendant by Linda Landig.  I fell in love with the bright burst of color.  It said summer to me, so I wanted to make it into a necklace right away and not hoard it.  That way I can start wearing it the moment summer shows itself, which I keep telling myself will happen…soonish. You can check out Linda’s jewelry and components in her etsy store and her Artfire shop.

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As soon as I ordered the pendant, I had some blue beads in mind to use with it. I’ve had them for a long time, and I knew the color would be perfect.  I thought I had some bright orange beads as well.  When I looked at them, I decided they weren’t quite right, but they were in a box of things to be taken apart along with a necklace that had some furnace glass.  I thought the orange and blue tones of furnace glass might work with the blue beads.  I had originally thought about wirework, but with these beads I decided to use a nice blue waxed linen.

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As I worked on it, I wasn’t convinced this was what I wanted.  The blue beads are a bit of an odd shape and weren’t really laying right knotted on the linen.  It also seemed too busy.  But there were things I like about it, so I kept going. About 80% of the way done, I decided it just wasn’t going to suit me.  I went back to the bright hyacinth beads I originally thought to pair with the blue.

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Although the light today, or lack thereof, is not allowing me to take very good pictures, I’m really pleased with how it turned out.  This was the vision I originally had that uses a few complementary beads but really lets the pendant shine.  I should have trusted my original instinct!

Do you ever find yourself going back to your original design idea after trying something else?

 

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