Just like last week, I am focusing on the centerpiece while I am in the blue drawer. Only this time the centerpiece has a lot of orange, so, dear readers, I must cheat. I must take the orange drops from Drawer 19 to make a great necklace. Orange and blue are at opposite ends of the color wheel which makes them very compatible…not always true in our human relationships.
My compliments to fellow New Englander Stephanie Sersich (Topsham, Maine) for her wonderful Lampwork starfish. I met Stephanie at one of those gigantic bead shows in Oakland, CA, and found her here three years ago in the small but fabulous show the Bead Society holds each October in Watertown, MA. Her starfish was alluring to me on all counts: slightly irregular shape; polka dots, so many layers of scintillating colors!!!
This is an asymmetrical necklace. They are a lot of fun to make and a challenge to balance. I often choose to go asymmetrical when I have a few stunning beads I want to highlight. In this piece, there were an excess of fabulous blue beads, none totaling more than a half-dozen. So I gave it a whirl.
Here is a description of those beads, starting from the clasp: flat rectangular vintage medium blue; two American Art Glass with lampwork glass in between. Then the most challenging section to balance: two odd-shapes with a large Art Glass in between across from one odd-shape balanced with periwinkle ceramic beads. The polka dot lampwork beads were irresistible! The only beads I had volumes of were the orange Czech glass drops, so they became the glue as well as the “pop” that holds the necklace together.
Only you, the viewer, knows if all this asymmetry worked.
The necklace is 18” and the starfish dangles 2”. The clasp is an orange glass circle with a silver toggle. Matching earrings of American Art Glass and orange drops. The set is $145.
See Week 17 for details on American Art Glass.
Note to Leticia S: your necklace is on the way!!!