Here in Connecticut we are getting ready to batten down the hatches for what has the potential to be a pretty nasty Nor'Easter. Don't get me wrong, we've had these storms and have dealt with them as typical New Englanders do....make sure we have the essentials in the house (bread, milk, popcorn, movies, wine, chocolate, candles, flashlights, firewood, more chocolate, more wine, comfy blankets...you get the idea), we make sure that all the animals in the house are actually in the house, ensure that the snow blower and shovels are handy and that the vehicles are winterized. So, really, they can be a non-event, even fun, in a sense. And who knows, while it's predicted that we're going to get such a storm, alot of the times we don't. Which is fine, perfectly.
What, you might ask, does this have to do with Lorelei's latest Michaels Challenge? Well, really, not much. Only that I've been watching the skies alot since news of this Nor'easter came about. The sky changes when the weather changes, and I love watching those changes. This week I've seen the sky look just like the colors of the beads that were chosen for this challenge. Really, just those same exact colors. It's pretty cool, actually. That blue-grey of the loverly faceted Mother-of-Pearl ovals, the black of the chunky quartz nuggets, that cool peacock of the freshwater pearls, silvery clouds reminiscent of the glass and silver rectangles...so beautiful.
Anyway, without getting chattier, here's what my necklace for the second Michaels Readers Challenge came out looking like.
"Winter Skies" is what I'm calling this piece, and it's got a Rocker Chic look to it...definately not my usual style, but that's what challenges are all about, right?
This beautiful pewter pendant came from Happy Mango beads, and is hung from a sterling silver handmade chain. The chain includes those simply luscious greyish MOP faceted ovals....I'm totally in *love* with these beads! The pendant chain is finished off with those really cool black quartz nuggets, and then is added to the chain, so that the pendant hangs in the middle.
The gunmetal chain I chose was a really cool double link chain. I simply wired the chain up with the peacock pearls and the glass and silver rectangles. My two additional beads were luscious light sapphire baroque freshwater pearls and some beautifully simple labradorite ovals. I wired the beads using sterling silver wire and a gunmetal wire. The clasp is my own, made from sterling silver.
I will add that this necklace really isn't taking a good picture at all! It's really much nicer than it looks.... ::sigh:: I think I must start finding someone who can model pieces for me, or who can help me take photographs. Ah well. This is a long necklace - the middle chain is 20 inches, with the full necklace measuring about 27 inches in length. And like I said, it's definitely a Rocker Girl necklace.....and I just got an idea for a Christmas present, but shush, I can't say more than that! LOL
Anyway, here are the other participants, and please don't forget to hop back over to Lorelei's blog, since she started this whole cool thing!
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