7/28/10

Upcycled Beauty - Totally Twisted Project #4

I've just finished the fourth project in Kerry Bogert's book, "Totally Twisted". 

Here's my version of her "Catching A Wave" necklace called "Upcycled Beauty", which is for sale in my etsy shop.  The techniques used in this necklace are:  crimping,  coiling, closed spiral, wrapped loop and hook clasp.

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OK...at this point I feel like I need to let you in on something:  most women love it when their husbands bring home flowers or jewelry.  While I definitely love both flowers and jewelry, I know that my hubby is truly thinking about me when he brings me old, rusty things that he finds in the road or parking lot.  I know - weird, but true.   Both washers (sealed for safety) in the pendant were found for me by my esteemed hubby, and I was just waiting for the perfect project to use them with. 

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In fact, the rust and wear of these beat up old washers were the inspiration for this 3" x 1.5" pendant. The necklace is made from four strands that close with two handmade coiled copper wire cones and a handmade copper wire bail.

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Two of the strands of the 21" necklace are made from clear crystal seed beads strung on beautiful copper-toned beading wire. The third strand is made from vintage Czech glass 1 1/4" teal bugle beads, and the fourth strand is made from fair trade Ethiopian copper tube beads from Rings and Things.

I really like how this piece turned out, and I will definitely create another version of it at some point in the future.

:-)

6 comments:

Francy said...

awww what a sweet, caring hubby you have!

I love the color combo you used.

Cindy said...

Molly, this piece is amazing!!! I made this particular project as well, so I can appreciate just how perfect your coiled bail and the cone end caps turned out...mine were less than perfect for sure! I just love YOUR twist on this project... the found washers are such a fantastic touch.

steufel said...

This is a beautiful interpretation of Kerry's pattern. Love it!

Alesha said...

This is just gorgeous! I love working with copper, too, and I can see that I NEED to get Kerry's book!!!

Thanks for sharing,
Alesha

Marbella Jewelry Designs said...

great design and what a nice husband you have!

Christine Damm said...

Hi Molly, so glad I found your blog! (via ABS blog) I love this piece and I can definitely identify, since my husband brings home lots of rusty items for me to create with. Lately he's been bringing home rocks for me to use my RTV mold stuff on, for textures. The front porch looks like a quarry!

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