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Persephone


About this design:

I was sorting through my stock, organizing and throwing away trash and wrappings, when I got the idea for this piece. The left side started out as a piece of 18 Gauge Solid Sterling wire that I couldn't quite get all the kinks out of, so I curled the ends and hammered it flat, then wove 26 Gauge Solid Sterling wire and tiny Garnet Rounds around it, because they reminded me of pomegranate seeds. It turned out very branchlike-the pictures can't quite capture the red of the garnets, unfortunately.

The right side is two strands of Solid Sterling Round Chain repurposed from bracelets, and one strand of links made using Solid Sterling Eyepins and alternating between Bali Sterling Spacers with Faceted Garnet Rounds and Swarovski Crystal pearls in Burgundy with a Bali Sterling spacer between the pearls. They attach to the back pieces of Solid Sterling chain with a Twisted Pattern Closed Solid Sterling Ring.


The focal is a Vintage Button made of MoonGlow glass that featured a woman in profile, which I turned into a pendant using 20 Gauge Solid Sterling wire.

The clasp is a two- Strand Solid Sterling clasp from SAKI Silver that I purchased on Etsy.

Components:

Solid Sterling Silver Wire in 18, 20, and 26 Gauge; Various types of Solid Sterling Silver Chain; SAKI Sterling Silver Toggle; Solid Sterling Silver Eyepins and JumpRings; Tiny Garnet Rounds; Small faceted Garnet Rounds; Bali Sterling Spacers; Swarovski Crystal Pearls in Burgundy; Vintage MoonGlow Glass Button

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  1. Beadling
    Beadling says:

    Wow! This is really pretty! So well put together!

  2. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Fabulous!

  3. Laud
    Laud says:

    My first reaction was, “Oooh! That is REALLY pretty.” After I read your description, I was super-impressed. Wonderful work.

  4. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    Wonderful!

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    That left side with the garnets is so great!! Lovely necklace.

  6. Beading Hippie  Shawn
    Beading Hippie Shawn says:

    This is really a wonderful piece. Congrats!

  7. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Beautiful wirework! I love garnets and really worked them in nicely.

  8. pearlsandme aka Monica
    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Good use of the crinkled sterling! The chain side turned out really surprising: I first thought it was some kind of weave! Quite interesting effect with the parallel strands, good work :-) !

  9. DayLilly aka Del
    DayLilly aka Del says:

    Awesome. Love it.

  10. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Ditto Monica’s & Deb’s comments – clever way to use the ss wire and I do love the garnet side as well.

  11. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Fantastic design!

  12. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Don’t you love it when inspiration hits you! What an ingenious way to use wrinkled wire. And I love that pendant!

  13. SweetBirchDesigns
    SweetBirchDesigns says:

    This is FABULOUS! Wonderful ingenuity with the garnets on the side! I love it! It looks like a berry vine! Very unique! :D

  14. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    MARVELOUS! I adore the branch! You did a fantastic job with it and the focal. In fact, I’d love to know how you did the focal. It’s different from wraps I’ve seen before. It almost looks like the pendant is sitting in a nest. The chain side adds interest as well. Like Monica said, at first glance it seems to be woven. Its obvious that there is a lot of painstaking work and attention to detail here and it creates a striking piece.

  15. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    Thank you all so much! The focal was tricky, I redid it several times, actually. It’s a spiral at the back, then I circled the wire around the button with hand done loops and wrapped the end into the spiral at the back. I was still worried it didn’t look right, so it’s a relief to hear people say if looks ok!

  16. Jmc
    Jmc says:

    I love what you did to the right side. :)

  17. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    How unique,and what a great way to use crinkled silver. You wire work is an inspiration.Your fingertips must be sore. ;)
    The Garnets look great.I know what you mean about capturing them in a pic,but you did a good job.

  18. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    Excellent piece! I love the focal and how you wire wrapped it–also the the asymmetry of the piece. I admire your wireworking skill!

  19. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love this, especially your wire work :D

  20. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    Thank you all so much! I just got a BIG necklace display bust with my Michael’s Gift Cards I got for Christmas, so I should be able to take some cool pictures with all my newer pieces and my good camera, maybe that’ll help everyone be able to see the colors better. =^___^= I’m so glad to hear how much everyone liked this piece- I’m thinking of doing a whole series based on Greek Mythology.

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    C Jenks says:

    Great creativity! It caught my attention. I also thought it was beadweaving before I
    brought the picture close up. Enjoy

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