To celebrate the upcoming Sequintastic September blog hop, I thought I'd share my newest sequin collar. You might remember the sneak peek from a few months ago. The one with the unintentional Blogcademy colors?
(Here's a photo, in case you don't.)
Well, after letting it sit for weeks and weeks, (and weeks and weeks and weeks) I finally finished it. I added a nice scalloped beaded edge to it, added a chain to make it adjustable, and fixed some broken beads around the bezel. And... voila!
It was a little heartbreaking when the silver beads holding the bezel broke -- damn you, thread tension! But then I put on my Problem Solving Hat, and when I thought about it, this was a chance to make a bezel that was a better match for the rest of the beadwork.
So I did just that. And now there's nothing about this collar that I would change. I'm pretty darn happy with it, in fact.
And have I mentioned the little detail hanging from the chain? A tiny bead and sequin-embroidered heart with the same colors as the rest of the piece. I was inspired by Ruth Jensen and some other fantastic artists at the Bead and Button Show who helped me see that the back of a necklace can be fun and interesting, too.
And now I should probably explain the strange title for this blog post.
When my friend Andrea saw the necklace in its nearly-finished state, she said it looked like a mysterious morning sea. I liked this description so much that Mysterious Morning Sea because the name of the piece. I don't usually think up titles for my pieces unless I'm entering them in a contest, but if the perfect name is dropped in my lap, I'm certainly going to hold on to it!
So I was already happy with the piece and the title. And then this past week, I
(Needless to say, there was a lot of squealing.)
So that's the sea in my studio! I'd love to know what you think of it. And if I've inspired you to give sequins a try, you can sign up for Sequintastic September right here.