Friday, December 17, 2010

Lorelei's Michaels Challenge #2 - aka Winter Skies

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 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 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! - This is me!


Round Rabbit said...

Great job! You captured the Winter feeling perfectly!

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Very cool necklace! I am over here doing the rocker chick hands, lol!!!
Shannon C

CraftyHope said...

I'm not exactly sure what a Nor'easter is, but it sounds COLD!!

I don't care what you say about the pictures, the necklace is just beautiful! Great work!

TesoriTrovati said...

Lovely! I think that this has a romantic yet edgy quality. I love the pewter cross. That is from Michaels too!? Great design.
I hear you about the pictures. I had to set up a studio in my basement with lights rigged up. It is a challenge in winter when there is no sun!
Enjoy the day!

Nicki said...

very nice wirework.

My Life Under the Bus said...

I love this! I almost got a similar cross it's a great focal - very powerful looking goes great with the way you wrapped those MOP ovals. Reminds me of thunder - I hope this storm thing peters out but I bought a bag full of ornament making supplies just in case : ) - Great job my friend!

Lisa Godfrey said...

As a former Rocker Chic I give it two fists in the air! Enjoy all the wine and chocolate. Sounds like a nice way to keep warm. :-)

Kristen said...

Rocker chic (formally) says OH YES to this one! What a beautiful piece and a little funky too!

Deborah said...

Beautiful! I love the addition of the pearls!

star city story said...

So lovely. The cross is a great focal.

Rebecca said...

I love it! I agree with everyone - you have captured a great wintery, stormy feeling here. And I like your photos too!

Stunning- said...

The necklace is just fabulous!

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Anonymous said...

Very nice! I love the way you wrapped the faceted beads -- the first thing that popped into my head when I saw them "reminds me of lightening bolts".


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