These Ain't Your Grandmas Pearls!

My assignment for December from Prima Beads is to make fabulous New Year's Eve jewelry, and I was sent some really fun beads and components to play with in dramatic blacks and charcoal colors.  For my pieces I will be sharing today, I used the following items:

Various chains from my personal stash
Bead wire from my personal stash
Matte black toggle clasp from my personal stash

And here's my set called "These Ain't Your Grandma's Pearls":

I was going for a statement piece that would still go with the 'little black dress' and this is what I came up with.  The main necklace is approximately 18", and the chains hang down another 2 - 3".

For the earrings, I wanted to tone down the bright silver in the ear posts, so I worked black Staz-On ink into all of the little nooks and crannies of the design and it worked like a dream.  They hang down approximately 3", and would create a very dramatic look with short or pulled-back hair styles.

This was a really fun project to work on, and one that is very different from what I usually create.  Thanks to Prima for helping me get out of my designing comfort zone to try new techniques!

Teresa said...

This is gorgeous Molly! Those pearls are sumptuous!

Keith@Vintage Crab Jewelry said...

Beautiful! I love how you layered the chain in for a modern look!

Pearl Blay said...

Love the look! Punkish but yet so feminine!

Pearl Blay said...

Love it! It's got a little of punk but still very feminine!

Shel said...

This is a really cool set Molly! Definitely not Grandmas Pearls at all! I love how you layered/dangles the chains - very modern and fun.

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

This turned out great! Would surely make a statement :)