My Apothecary Chest: in 1994, it arrived via container to California from Hong Kong, where I discovered beading during an ex-pat assignment. Serves as the repository for my beads. Handcrafted. It has 52 Drawers, sorted by color.
2017 Challenge: Create a Necklace a Week, using only the Beads from one Drawer at a time. Voila! 52 Necklaces!
Week 24/Drawer 24: June 14, 2017: “Grand Illusion”
Two weeks ago, I stated there were four black drawers. Now there are three!
I re-organized the contents into three drawers after tossing the ugly, donating the unwanted, and re-assigning others. I put iridescent beads, mostly shells, into Drawer 25 which you will see next week in a necklace of a very different style!
Let’s focus on this week’s design: Venetian glass. It’s been a staple of mine for many years and I am down to a small supply left in Drawers 1 and 2. I paired the Venetian with another love: American Art glass by David Christensen. See Week 17 for details on American Art Glass.
It is a mildly asymmetrical necklace but balanced so it will sit prettily on the neck. I needed some very shiny and medium sized beads for the top half and found those qualities in some plastic beads I bought at a yard sale back in the day when you could find real treasures in yard sales.
The clasp has a starring role with a fabulous oval piece of art glass and a sterling silver toggle I fashioned. Two perfect pieces of art glass found their way to the earrings. All in all, a very satisfying creation. 20” long. $99 for the set.