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Sarajo Wentling of SJ Designs Jewelry has a monthly challenge on her blog called the Honey Do List. Her husband, Eric, takes great photographs. He chooses one each month to inspire Sarajo’s jewelry making, and she shares it with us so we can play along. I’ve joined up this month; the photograph spoke to me immediately.

I love the bright colors, the cat motif and other strong patterns, so I got ideas related to those things. But I also appreciate the visual of those lovely naked bulbs criss-crossing the area overhead. I thought of a beautiful glass drop that was left in the drawer of an old piece of furniture my parents bought. I intended to make an industrial style piece with that drop and black cord or chain. 

Well, you can see that didn’t happen. Here is the beautiful drop, but when I looked at my black chain, I wasn’t satisfied with any of it. I considered combining some with a short piece of rosary style chain I had with glow-in-the-dark beads since that amused me, but when I came across a baggie of leftover sections of very colorful chain, I couldn’t resist combining them to use with the glass drop. This necklace is so cute!

I couldn’t ignore the cat motif in the inspiration photo. Cats and bright colors, what could be better? In fact, I had made a necklace for myself that would fit well with this challenge. I was planning a similar one with a second bone cat pendant for the next Artists for Animals Auction. I used this inspiration to plan my colors and design.

I used a color block design with a variety of Czech glass, dyed jade, crystal and other beads. Several of the bead colors are from a box recently gifted to me by Patti Vanderbloemen as she gets ready to pack up her studio for a move. So nice! Due to the move, her shop is currently closed. Please check back in a while. I can attest that her work is beautiful because I own some well-loved pieces, and it supports Miracle Horse Rescue.

I’m so in love with this necklace. I love white beads, and I got to use some fun ones here. The focal is by Yvonne Irvin-Faus. When I got into my black and white beads, I found these great black and white eye looking beads that echoed what I feel like are eye shapes on the pendant. I used some large textured beads I believe are from A Grain of Sand, chalk white rounds, fabulous white rectangles, little hatchet shaped black beads I’ve had for a long time and some wonderful large holed red vintage glass on a jump ring for a dangle at the bottom of the pendant. It just came together so nicely. I loved how one of the black and white beads looked at the end of the strand near the clasp to bring that element to the back, but I only had one left in the end. Otherwise, I think it’s perfect.

These three necklaces are the ideas that popped into my head upon seeing the inspiration photo. I’m so glad I participated this month. This inspiration was perfect for me. I had a lot of fun and have two necklaces I will enjoy wearing and another that got me started on my auction items. Thanks Sarajo and Eric! I look forward to participating again. Visit Sarajo’s blog to see what she and others made.