For those of you just joining me, I am writing about the process of creating a made to order neckpiece for an Australian bride. The dates at the top of each post show the time period covered.
The front is just about entirely done. It took me 4 days to string (and restring) the first side of it. The second side was done in one evening!! I just counted the beads on the other side and copied! There was still a little tweaking to be done here, and it is not the best picture- but you get the idea. (I'll post better pictures next time)
I added support strands to the sides- just below the shoulders.
Now for the back. A neighbor who was about Pricylla's size came over and tried the piece on. As I feared, the weight in the front pulled it down, and every time she lifted her arms, it was worse. I needed to figure something out that could adjust the fit for the bride, and also keep it in place. I came up with the idea of adjustment strands. I strung a couple different length strands with hooks on either end. They could be hooked in different places and pull the neckpiece back, in that way giving a little adjustment for size. Here are 2 pictures showing the adjustment strands hooked in different places on the back. Note that I had to put extenders to go around the neck of the dress form since I could not adjust it small enough. So that part looks a little off, but it wouldn't be necessary in "real life".
I was ready to present it to Priscylla. I had a little more to do on it, mainly that I still needed to add the dangling fringe to the clasp. But I wanted to get her OK before I reinforced everything. I emailed her the pictures.
Next time I will share with you whether or not the bride liked it so far. Remember that the wedding was Feb 12 in Australia- I live in western New York, USA- so it really needed to get shipped very soon.