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“Evenfall Ensemble”


Description from EPBCornell: The arrangement isn't satisfying me, but I work on a tablet and can't rearrange without just doing it all over piece by piece. And I don't know how I want it. Oh well.
I was thinking all the big (& the porcelain are very big!) beads strung on the leather cord could be knotted to a brass ring on one end and the brass knot toggle bar on the other. A second brass ring would mate up with the toggle bar like a clasp, at the side of the neck, with the silk ribbon running back and forth between the rings, behind the neck, to the desired length & # of passes before tying ends. Thus a necklace. Can add the large swooping bird pendant (at 45mm, large enough to balance the porcelain melon beads)-- or not. Not even sure I'd use the African glass beads with the porcelain melons, much as I absolutely love them and think their colors are so lovely for this.
The smaller beads and bird links would be for some earrings to loosely coordinate. Probably hanging the birds downward from earwire blanks with 1 faceted bead added, followed by a most delicate brass chain with the beads strung off it as drops in a full cascade using 24 ga. headpins.


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  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Your plan certainly sounds interesting! I hope to see it put in action.

  2. tomasina
    tomasina says:

    Please, do it & post it! Almost can see what you describe & it should be fantastic!!

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    ClovisakaLois says:

    Love your description, also love everything in the pick! I love the the African powder glass in the raisin and navy…they would look so good in your design!
    BTW, you can add some weight to the large bird by filling in the backside with resin, using a toothpick to guide the resin into the narrow areas. Don’t forget to stick a small piece of toothpick into the hanging hole to be removed later with pliers!

  4. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    I think it is a lovely group of beads and components. It should make a beautiful necklace and earrings. I love the African powder glass beads! Hope you use them in something if not this.

  5. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    Thanks for the feedback! Great tip to heavy-up the pendant a little, Lois! I think with the weight of the beads here that’s going to be a must. I have some epoxy clay hanging around that could do the trick, but I think resin would look more professional. It might be fun to sink some cool trinket or signature piece in the resin, too, or leftovers of the earring beads.
    MM, I also love but have to see how the powder glass does side by side with the porcelain. Got the latter on this week’s super-discounted promotion. Only had the raisin and I think some aqua of the powder glass beads myself so far. The colors, organic shape, weight, and matte finish are all very satisfying. Love them but yet to find the right piece to work them in. Hope this is it!

  6. tech2k
    tech2k says:

    This is so beautiful & creative ! Love the concept & the items you chose. I think you might need to string them & then maybe undo parts (I know this is painful) until you get what is most pleasing.

  7. S KatollakaSue
    S KatollakaSue says:

    Oh, yeah. Some pieces live on the bead board for months while I redo and rethink. This pick has so much potential for gorgeousness, I can’t wait to see it! I love that the small birds are mirror images.

  8. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    Love the softness of this, as well as its strength. Colors are gorgeous.

  9. Stone Treasures
    Stone Treasures says:

    super smooth soft combination!!

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