I was able to find some time at the beginning of the month this time for the ABS Monthly Challenge. This month, our inspiration is the Chrysler Building:
What struck me about this challenge is the repetition of pattern and the prominence of texture that are so evident in the terraced crown of the building, so that's what I focused on in my design:
I made the beads from domed discs that I cut from etched copper sheet and then soldered together. I attempted to echo the repetitive triangular pattern from the building's face in the herringbone wirework in the focal and the three accent beads.
A close-up view of the necklace also shows handmade beads made from copper gears that I also domed and soldered. For some reason, I always get a steampunk-ish vibe whenever I think of the 1920's and 30's. I envision an underground sub-culture of strange and wonderful machines and people meeting clandestinely to share their futuristic common interests. I realize that I am off by a few decades, but the gears felt like they belonged in this design:
To echo the mirror-like appearance of the windows, I have hung little charms made from 4mm bicone beads in a hematite finish and in a clear/no-finish, as well as adding a tiny pop of color with charms made from enameled headpins.