Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Serendipity


According to Webster serendipity is the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident. That really is how this necklace came about.


It started with this bronze blossom pendant. It was a failure in the firing. The center part didn't stay attached. But then I stumbled across a video on riveting. Problem solved. I just drilled a hole in both pieces and made a copper ball end head pin and riveted them together. Seredipity!

I have all sorts of ideas now of what I might like to do on purpose with these pendants. And I wanted to do something special with this one. Along comes a blog post by Heather at The Peacock Fairy.


She posted this photo of her gorgeous Woodsy Wrist bracelet featured in Bead Trends September 2010 issue. And it kind of clicked what to do. I'd been eyeing that leafy chain for some time with no thought just how I might put something together with it. Finally, I bought a foot length. It was laying around my chain stash waiting to be loved. 25 wrapped garnet, jasper, and glass beads later....

This is a real departure from my usual style which is pretty understated and simple. But I've got studio tour coming up again in November. I've never jurried into jewelry before and felt like I had to make some thing with a little more flash.   So there you have it. A serendiptous turn of events. I love that word!



11 comments:

peacockfairy said...

Gorgeous! I am glad you were inspired! Thanks for the mention.

Judy said...

Wow...Wow...Wow! I love it! The bronze pendant is gorgeous and I am going to need one of those for sure!
Such a great side of you we have not seen.

mairedodd said...

l-o-v-e... and it will be great for your show! i actually really like the look of the rivet in the center...

The Joy of Nesting said...

Perfect just perfect!!! Oh and don't you just love when you solve a problem with an idea that opens up a whole bunch of new creative door????

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

sharon said...

Brilliant, and like Judy said...wow, wow, wow, and wow!! LeAnn...who knew? This is flippin fantastic! Run with it!

Off the Beadin' Path said...

Nice presentation of the construction of this necklace! Love that serendipity and love the necklace, especially the way you used the leafy chain! The pendant turned out so well, too. Congratulations to Heather for the Bead Trends bracelet publication! And I'm on the pages just before hers! But how did she get the nice photos?? Thanks for visiting my blog. I see you need to be added to my blog list!

TesoriTrovati said...

Suh-weet! I love this, LeAnn! The fringe-y chain makes this have some great movement and interest. And I am in love with 'happy accidents'. Turned out great! Enjoy the day! Erin

Silver Parrot said...

I think I even like the rivet idea better than the original design - it adds an extra element to the pendant. Looks fantastic!

Pretty Things said...

It's gorgeous! And I love making that style of necklace/bracelet! So many possibilities!

Marie Cramp said...

That is a stunning necklace! I absolutely love it! I have loved that chain from afar myself for quite some time, but the cost has driven me away so far. I will eventually get some, but who knows when...

Shaiha said...

Love the necklace! Now I really want to pick up some of that leafy chain. Every time I see it used, I fall in love all over again.