This is what I sent Traci.
|What a great mix!|
|I think this focal is just wonderful, I love the colors!|
I managed to make two sets to include: necklace, bracelet, and earrings. I have not used the beautiful boro lamp work bead or the Czech glass bead yet, but I will!
Although I love the focal it proved to be a bit of a challenge, what is the best way to showcase such a great piece? I just kept thinking about the bird nesting. I also did not know how I was going to create two strands since the toggle Traci sent me was for a double strand. I was able to solve that dilemma by using jump rings and connecting them to one ring, essentially making a single stranded necklace. Since the bird made me think of a nes, that is what I tried to create. I used a metal base that I colored with Gilders Paste and wrapped in Sari ribbon. I then used the faceted agate to be "eggs in the nest" they are wire wrapped onto the base, as is the bird. I finished off the base by wrapping vintage brass around the edges. I then wrapped Sari ribbon and wire to create the stands of the necklace. I am really pleased with how this turned out.
The bracelet followed the same idea of the nest in the necklace but I am not very good at taking pictures of my creations. I do not think the picture looks good at all, sorry!