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!