I was having some issues originally, conceptualizing a way to not overwhelm Niky's awesome bead. After pulling out some interesting metal pieces to play with, I ended up with this layout.
I used purple craft wire to suspend the coin bead in the center of a textured copper hoop, and then brick stitched along the lower half of the hoop to keep the wire from sliding around on the hoop.
Look, matching purple thread! I love the haze it creates on the copper. I created a bail out of a structured warped square, and attached it to the top of the copper hoop - allowing for free movement as it's being worn.
From the lowest part of the beadwork, I suspended this awesome old key. Maybe it's a clock key? I don't know...and I don't know why it needed to go with this coin bead...but it did!
I usually try to put a couple accent or contrast beads in the front of a necklace. This time I chose some amethyst and silver foil Czech lampwork beads, and vintage glass insulators. The exposed foil on the lampwork beads has tarnished black, but I like how it looks anyway. These little insulators were a lucky find at one of my local bead shops. I'm not sure what type of electrical device they would have been for originally, but I needed something to bring the steely color of the key into the upper part of the necklace. And they're still kind of performing their original function, right? Insulating the lampwork from the surrounding beads.
The rest of the strap alternates between some dark plummy pearls and hazy silver peanuts in 3 bead sections. I love the texture that peanuts make when they're strung together.
I finished it off with one of my favorite copper s-hook clasps. I love the ease of an s-hook, but it's really important to remember to use them on heavier necklaces...this way you'll notice if they become unhooked. I lost several lighter weight necklaces before I figured this out!
And here he is! Little 1946 wren. While my friend Kelly was here this weekend we had a realization that neither of us had a finished piece of beadwork from the other person...so this piece went home with her! Though, I have to admit, I totally wore it to work all last week...I find it necessary to test drive just about everything I make. Please tell me I'm not the only person that does?
Well, that's it folks! Please hop around and check out what all of the other participants created with Niky's lovely beads and clasps! I'm off to do just that!