This piece started out as a smaller version of my piece "Chione"
After finishing the main body of the necklace, I had to decide on a neck chain that would accent the clasp. After experimenting with a few shapes, I settled on some beadwoven "s" shapes. A little out of my comfort zone, since bead embroidery is more my thing!
But alternating these shapes with some bead embroidered pieces, I was happy with the neckchain.
Well, now comes the fun part. I wanted to put the beautiful clasp on the front to showcase it, but couldn't think of a way to do it what would look balanced. So I wrote to Steven at the Beadsmith and asked if I could buy another matching clasp from him. This guy is something else- I had the clasp within a couple of days- no charge!!
Why did I need another one? I placed one on either end of the neckchain so it would detach. Then, you can clasp the neckchain and have a whole other simpler necklace!! I didn't know for sure if it would work out OK- but decided to give it a whirl.
|both parts of the necklace, detached|
|the neck chain clasped together to form a simpler necklace|
So there you have it- a convertible necklace!! I think I am done with pearls and crystals for awhile though. I'm moving on to my comfortable earthtones!