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I’ve been off work using some holiday and vacation time. It’s always wonderful to be able to spend time with family, relax, and rejuvenate. I haven’t gone on a making spree during this time, but I have made a few things and also spent some time organizing in the studio. There is still more to go, but at least it’s a start. I did make one necklace last week and one last night that I will show.

I’ve been wanting to work more leather into my jewelry. My mother influenced that when she took an interest in leather and wanted to make wrap bracelets. (I wrote about my attempts in my previous post.) I have also been looking quite a bit at the Sundance Catalog and really like their jewelry, so that is an influence too. The necklace I am going to show, though, is nothing like anything in Sundance. Theirs are very much leather mixed with gemstones and precious metals. Here, I’ve mixed mine with vintage plastic chain, African glass and berber amber. My sister’s girlfriend told me once that it is interesting for people to see the initial sketch for a piece. This one is very true to the sketch.

I got this section of plastic chain in a mixed vintage box. I just love little bits like this and being able to work them into a jewelry piece. The links are black except one tortoise link. I like how the color of the beads on each side pops.

Probably a couple of years ago, I bought some fossilized walrus ivory from Andrew Thornton. I love a necklace he made with some, and got mine out thinking I could pair it with some blue kyanite needles I have. The ones I found weren’t as bright blue as I remembered, and they mostly were center drilled. I couldn’t make a pleasing design, so I was putting them back in my blue gemstones drawer. Lo and behold, I found some other kyanite beads. I think I was conflating the two sets in my head. Well, these were not suited for the original necklace, but I also had some large link silver chain out. I’ve been enthralled with this chain since I got it. It is rhodium plated with large oval links that are more pointy on the end. It really echoes the shape of the kyanite beads. Here is a close up of the beads, front and back. 

They are lovely in person – smooth, translucent and full of color. I wanted this piece to be really clean and elegant. Quite a bit of wire showed between the beads when I strung them, so I added tiny silver seed beads with larger ones just on the end to make the crimping easier. I added a sterling clasp by Miss Fickle Media

There’s often questionable light here, so you’ll have to trust me on how pretty it looks. I like that this is something a bit different than what I often make. I’m interested in branching out more this year.

I hope your 2020 is wonderful.