Friday, January 18, 2008

When Life Gives You Lemons...

Make Bird Nests?
The idea for a bird nest pendant actually stemmed from a freak accident. I've been into playing with wire lately, mostly having fun with my wire jig and Coiling Gizmo. I've made a few patterns with the tools, but decided to try to free hand some projects. I was actually trying to make a circular pendant with another wire circle inside, and a bead inside that. My goal was to wire weave the inner circle to the outer circle and thread the bead through the center. The harder I tried, the worse it looked until finally I had my little temper tantrum and crushed the mess in my hand. I looked at it and thought, "That looks like a really mangled bird nest."

I salvaged the bead and threw out my hideous inspirational disaster. I decided I'd just go straight for the bird nest. As fate would have it, I had a few greenish blue egg shaped beads in my bead collection.

Having a wire pendant gave me an excuse to crochet another choker. Like all my crocheted chokers, it is adjustable up to a certain length, this one featuring a wire hook clasp that I made with matching brown copper wire. The choker is threaded with round beads that match the "eggs" and tiny teal colored seed beads.

It would make a nice present to put in someone's Easter basket or a gift to yourself to remind you that spring will be here soon enough.


13 comments:

Amy Yang said...

Wow, that necklace is beautiful :)

A Keeper's Jackpot said...

Why thank you!

Beadsme said...

I love this necklace. Great colours and design.

Kallia said...

What an attractive and original necklace! Your work is beautiful!

libu said...

I love things that remind you of nature. so nice.

iamnotfruitdesigns said...

beautiful, and your pictures are great-- well done!

freebird said...

Found you through Beading Daily.com. Really nice mistake you made here.

jmiya said...

That is one of the most delightful pieces I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing it.

purlyshells said...

What a beautiful necklace! I love it.

Stormy Designs said...

You should mess up more often, that's gorgeous! I love when mistakes turn out beautiful, as if we planned them all along. Great work :-)

Cynthia said...

hi - this choker is driving me
crazy such a unique beauty please
tell me how to purchase this beauty
by check -

thank you

cynthia

http://poemflesh@blogspot.com

A Keeper's Jackpot said...

Thanks for your interest, Cynthia, I just sent you an email to the address thats in your blogger profile :)

Mikiye Creations said...

This IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!
Wonderful design!
Gotta love when we stumble on a great idea or design huh?!