End of Summer Necklace by Jamie Hogsett10:45 AM
It's ridiculously difficult to believe that today is the last day of August! That means the pool closes in a week, which sadly indicates the end of summer. It always goes by too quickly. Luckily, it's also always a lot of fun! It's been a crazy busy summer. So crazy, that it's taken me a couple of months to finish this very simple wire-wrapped necklace.
Part of the reason it took so long is I was waiting for the debut of Soft Flex Craft Wire in order to use it for the project. Then, I had to try out several colors before I found something that really worked for me. I had some sterling silver eye pins, just not enough for all the wire wraps, so I needed another wire that would work well with the silver. I could have used Silver Craft Wire, but wanted a bit of a contrast, so... Rose Gold is gorgeous, but it was too "rosy" and delicate for the pendant. Copper was just too much orange. I finally settled on Smokey Quartz in 22-gauge and I love how it looks!
The smokey quartz wire really makes the snail's shell pop in this lovely stoneware pendant from Artbeads.com. Czech pressed-glass 5x4mm rondelles in orange/light blue and wasabi were all that was needed to complement the bright colors and amazing detail of the pendant. I'm especially a fan of the two-tone orange/light blue rondelles. The blue on the beads is very subtle, but just enough to make itself known - so pretty! This necklace is meant to represent summertime, but, luckily, I'm thinking it will transition itself well into fall too!
Guest blogger Jamie Hogsett is the Education Coordinator for Soft Flex Company and a Swarovski Crystal Ambassador. Contact her at Jamie@SoftFlexCompany.com.