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Creative Impulse

Have you ever had such a strong desire to create that you had to drop everything else you were doing and just go for it?
I had an episode like that recently. I recently joined the team over at Art Jewelry Elements blog.
I ordered some beautiful ceramic components from Caroline Dewison at blueberribeads. Caroline is a
fellow member at AJE. As you can see she makes gorgeous pieces! Check out her website.
I was thinking about the September tree challenge over at AJE when I placed this order.
When I deposited this package of goodies on my work table the raku bunny bead called out to me- use me first please!!  In spite of working on 14 other things at the moment I just had to create something right then and there with that rabbit.
I began pulling out an assortment of beads, wire, chain and some hand dyed silk fabric and ribbon.
I was so excited about the color of the silks bringing out the rusty color of the rabbit. I knew it had to have a tassel hanging from it.
First Version
The above photo is the first version. I really like it but the soldered copper pipe that I used as a tassel cap was a little too overwhelming for the raku hare. I wanted the tassel to complement and enhance the color of the raku glaze not overpower it.  I also thought the silver solder was a bit too much with all the copper & rust. So I brushed it lightly with some copper alcohol ink. Meh...Still not what I wanted!
Soooooo...
Second Version
I found a vintage copper filigree cone in my stash to use for the tassel. It is not nearly as bold. Now the raku bunny bead is the star of the necklace instead of the soldered copper pipe.
I finished the necklace off with some textured black resin tube beads, copper beads, seed beads, copper wire and copper chain. I also added some smaller copper chain in with the tassels and attached a metal leaf, metal acorns and one of my polymer clay headpins from the August headpin challenge.

Close up of first version

Close-up of second version
Looking at these photos I still like the soldered pipe version but the copper filigree cone is a better fit for the look I was going for. What do you think?

This necklace looks like fall with those bronze, gold, copper & purple colors. It also reminds me a little of witches and sorcery! I never imagined having a rabbit as a familiar but it's possible.

After creating this necklace I was able to move on to all the other projects that are in various phases of development. I am working on several pieces for the tree challenge. Check it out over at AJE and join us. You still have time.

Until then-live your life creatively~
cathy

Comments

Caroline said…
Gorgeous work Cathy! I keep switching on which is my favourite, I love the chunky feel of the pipe, but I really like the way the cone shows off the focal... not much help am I? :D

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