Friday, June 21, 2013

Taming the Monster


Every now and then, I start a project that becomes, for lack of a better word, a monster.

You know, one of those interesting "what if" ideas that quickly devours your work table.

My latest one has been sitting around in its UFO state for a really long time.  Mocking me.  Taunting me.  Causing me to mutter under my breath like the crazy lady in the neighborhood.  Oh wait, I am the crazy lady in the neighborhood.  Anyway, I was starting to measure the length of time this thing was taking me to complete it in geological terms -- paleozoic, mesozoic, necklacezoic....

You may have seen it at this point:


or at this point:


ANYWAY, I had gotten to a point in the monster's development where it was time to add the neckstrap.  I wanted to do something that would echo the swirl of turquoise that winds around the glass discs in the focal.

Tried one idea.  Ugly.  Tried another idea.  Fugly.  Tried yet another idea. Not bad, but not quite substantial enough to stand up to the boldness of the centerpiece.

Finally, finally, finally, I came up with something I feel good about.  What do you think?




The photo's overexposed, but you get the idea --
this is not for the shy woman!

So happy to have tamed the monster!

17 comments:

Kepi said...

The neckstrap is brilliant, works perfectly with that lovely monster. Very creative!

Ginger Bishop said...

I love it! I understand the dilemma of trying to find a neck strap that is substantial enough for a bold focal. I have one of the table right now waiting on a fourth attempt.

Christine Altmiller said...

Fan-freakin'-tastic!!!

AntiquityTravelers said...

OMG that is stunning! and the turquoise snaking around each of the bezels then carried through the neck strap - is sheer brilliance!

now, as for crazy lady ... do you have any gnomes in the yard?

Diah Anggreni said...

brilliant.....

Sally Anderson said...

Love it. The spiral is perfect for it. I love the colors too!

Patti Van said...

Wow! What a beautiful statement piece you have created! I have many UFO's on my bench with the current state not even close to my original design...ugh! Congrats on completing a stunner!

Skylar Bre'z said...

Love the spirally neckstrap to balance this. Nice way to play up the swirls in the discs. Love it!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Bobbie,
I love it, it is gorgeous and the neckstrap compliments the spiral disks perfectly. I love how you connected the spiral disk with the turquoise beads to your neck strap. It is awesome the magic you perform with beads.
Therese

Patricia Johnson said...

Incredibly creative and well worth the wait...it's perfect!

Andrea Trank said...

Its very dramatic and beautiful and I love your post. I too have monsters that are sitting there waiting to be finished.

KJ said...

Love the way it looks, but how does it feel when you wear it? Of course I could ask the same thing about all of those spike heels I see on a daily basis.

Helen B said...

That is incredible. So much talent!

Saturday Sequins said...

OK, wiping the drool off my keyboard. This necklace is absolutely freaking gorgeous, Bobbie! A little monster that Lady Gaga would be proud of.

BackstoryBeads said...

It works monstrously well; once you see it, there's just no better way to tie together such a fun piece!

Liz E said...

Wow. The neck strap is great. The turquoise beads weaving in and out and then up the neck strap are PERFECT. Those swirly glass discs are as delicious as the frosting on cupcakes, which somehow they remind me of. Mmmmmmmmmmmm. I also love the fact you coined a new term "necklacezoic". Is that measured in weeks, months, years or decades? Congratulations on taming the monster in such a fabulous way!!!

LoriF said...

Perfect!! Is that herringbone? It's gorgeous...