A while ago I bought a Jade Scott book pendant intending to make it into a necklace for my sister, a librarian. I held onto it for a long time dithering about which beads to use and then finally made a short necklace which wasn’t ideal for her current wardrobe.
So of course I held onto the necklace for some more months. I’m the worst at remaking anything. I originally used some very small faceted labradorite. I didn’t have enough to make the necklace longer with just those. Also, I always want to put things on some sort of fiber rather than wire. However, the pendant is small which means I want to use small beads. Small gemstones generally have small holes. So I vacillated and stalled and wavered (my general jewelry making techniques.)
Finally, today family members, including my sister, went to the Art Fair on the Square. I decided to use that time to, among other things, remake the necklace. My sister is always very appreciative of jewelry that I make for her, but she rarely gives any preference on style, color or any sort of design. I find making jewelry for other people, even those easily satisfied and non-demanding, stressful. That is why I tend to just make for myself to keep it fun.
And without further delay:
I decided to stick with labradorite. I had two strands of this shape which was also bigger. I wanted to add some color and was looking at my collection of seed beads. I had this most excellent mix that I thought really complemented the pendant. I also happened to get those in Jade Scott’s shop. She sells not only her wonderful pendants and components, but beautiful jewelry and sometimes a great selection of beads.
I have great respect for people who do custom work well. It took me months to make this one very simple necklace for a relative who asked for nothing specific! But in the end it did turn out cute, and she likes it.