Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Awake in the Dragon's Lair

Thank you to everyone who wrote to me about my Grandma's passing.  She indeed as someone special in my life.  She always encouraged me to learn, learn, and learn more.  I've taken that to heart especially since I've started to get back into making jewelry after these past years.  I've become enchanted with the big bead embroidery collars after reviewing Sherry Serafini & Jamie Cloud Eakin's books.  I've tried a couple times to make big collars, but never have been pleased.  I believe that the key to success is practice over and over again. And boy have I ever been doing that. 


Component pieces:the focal is three individual pieces puzzled together

Here you can see the three pieces sewn down to make up the focal piece

This time I decided to do a piece that used multiple component pieces.  I started with black Nicole's Bead Backing, a few cabs from my Synergy partner Cyndy Goshman, and a few odds and ends just sitting on my work desk waiting for me to pick them up and put them to good use.  I really love the colors of this necklace.  To begin, I called it Emerald Tides, but as I began to construct the necklace and thinking of my Grandmother's up coming funeral, I looked at the middle focal piece and it blinked and told me it was the Dragon's eye watching me.  The Dragon is not my Grandma if you are wondering.  Far from it. I was dreading walking into the funeral home and being confronted by various relations who for some reason or another were wanting to cause trouble.  Oh yes, we all have those in our families, don't we?  I got to thinking that I was the Dragon, and I was aware of possible outcomes.  I wore it when completed thinking that oh might think you are all clever with your little games of manipulation, but this Dragon is awake and you are walking into my Lair.  I know who you are.  I know what you've done.  I know what you can do.  I'm watching you.  I will always keep my eyes open, aware.

Up until this point it still was looking like Emerald Tides, but the daggers made me think of Dragon's teeth

Experimenting on design

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Therese's Treasures said...

Beautiful necklace! I enjoyed reading about your creation process and I agree the daggers do look like dragons teeth.

Diane Lithgow said...

I think dragon is the right term. it will be watching out for you with your relations.