Briefer than a falling star
All these vain promises on beauty jars
Somewhere with your wings on time
You must be laughing...
~Joni Mitchell, 1975
I sang this Joni Mitchell song almost the entire time I was making this necklace...I have been totally and utterly an ardent JM fan since junior high school when I first heard her on the radio in the 8th grade, 1972..."You turn me on, I'm a radio". (Yes, I realize I am dating myself, but I am proud of my almost 53 years).
I've had this necklace in my mind's eye since I first started playing with Stephanie Lee's Homesteading..you cover a piece of metal with lead-free solder and create bezels or in this case, embed metal stampings, filigree, etc into the solder. I have totally fallen in love with this technique and I know there are other artists who are creating components similarly, but I am determined to incorporate my own style into this!
So, I had this brass bird just sitting around and decided to go for it. I cut the loops off some brass filigree connectors and added them to the corners and bottom, but I thought they looked unfinished, so I added little copper balls.
I had made a couple of smaller disks with the small birds for earrings earlier, so the light bulb went off to use one for a clasp. I added brass rings for the connector parts and created a swirled hook with brass wire, embellished with copper.
The big briolette is some sort of agate...as are some of the rondells I used. I bought a bunch of what was labeled "amulet" agate, but I haven't been able to find it online anywhere or in the bead store I originally bought it at since. If anyone knows what it really is, let me know:). Also incorporated are smoky quartz, amazonite, Czech glass, fluorite, enameled beads, brass wire and chain.
I am really proud of this piece...aside from the gemstones, Czech glass beads, and chain, all the components were created by me!
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