For those of you just joining me, I am writing about the process of creating a made to order large neck piece for an Australian bride. The dates at the top of each post show the time period covered
Dec. 17-20. 2010
The beads have arrived!! And what a pile of beads! It was fun sorting through them- there were lots of variation from what I had pictured in my mind. I can't really get a good idea of size, color etc. until I have them in my hands. But for the most part, I am pretty confident that I can work with these.
The dress form was also delivered, so I am good to go. I unpacked all the beads, pulled out some cabochons and beads from my own stash and got to work
After staring at them all for awhile I decided to make a few of the "flower" components and see which ones Priscylla liked.
I needed to get a better idea of size. Although I didn't have Pricylla's measurements yet, she sent me her weight and height so I could get an idea of her stature. Until this point, I didn't know if she was 90 lbs or 300 lbs! I adjusted the dress frame to small, which was a close enough estimate at this point. I hadn't received the owl focal yet, so I printed out a picture the right size, cut it out, and pinned it to the dress form, just to give me an idea of proportion. Then I pinned on the different flower components, as well as a few of the other beads and took a picture to send to the bride. She could let me know which of the bead strands appealed to her.
I wanted Priscylla to be able to choose each part of the neck piece herself, so it was just what she wanted. I really did not have a good handle on what she had in mind yet. Also, the colors on the turquoise drops varied a LOT. So I sent her a pic of the drops along with the other 2 pics for her to make some choices.
After seeing how small the owl looked on the whole piece, I knew I would need to add to the main focal so it wouldn't look lost. I ordered a beautiful Turquoise cabochon to include.
next post: Which components did she pick?