More trade beads, a few pearls, and a couple of vintage bead connectors added onto this old brass perfume bottle are all that this one needed. The beads that look slime green are really yellow though, again having color issues in taking pictures. With each one of these necklaces that I make, I learn something, even if it's a mistake (cussing the whole time at the cost of silver that I just cut off & tossed to fix it) it's one less issue to deal with in the future-I hope! Those that claim to have this, or anything as far as that goes, all figured out & can do it perfectly everytime, they make me nervous. As soon as we stop learning, or stop stretching ourselves to make something work or stick to the tried & true all the time, have stopped growing-not only as an artist, but as a person. Hmmmm, wonder where that came from and why. I honestly don't know, so we'll chalk it up to being tired.
I'm having fun with these little lampwork bird beads, and I love the stones in this necklace-and can't find one of them anymore! Will have to do some digging around, because I really do like using it.
This is the second necklace that I've made using a salt shaker, and there's a funny story behind it. When I met the wonderful Annie Lockhart a couple of years ago, it was at a Nina class held at Valley Ridge. Apparently Annie was wearing a similar necklace during class, which I didn't notice, but obviously did subconsciously. Right after I made that first one, I saw Annie's for sale & was horrified that I had "copied" her, we each had our own spin on it, but still I felt bad. So I called her, told her about it, and in typical Annie fashion, she just laughed. See, we share the same birthday and the same wierd sense of humor, and maybe, just maybe had a similar idea in this case-we'll never know for sure. Right after that, I saw a salt shaker necklace on Etsy (no, I don't remember who it was) that was a direct knock off of the one that Annie did, right down to even giving it the same name! And the person that bought it was another gal from the class that Annie & I were in, the one where she wore the necklace. See what a small little circle this art world can be? At that same class, Nina liked Annie's idea so much, that she asked if she could borrow it, of course Annie said yes, and then folks accused Annie of copying Nina's idea. Still with me? My point in a round about way is to give credit where it's due, as Nina did for Annie, and I did for Annie, and round & round we go. My wire wrapping was taught to me by Nina (thank you, thank you!!), the salt shaker idea apparently from Annie, and some other wire work from the publications of Sharilyn Miller, which by the way, are worth every penny & then some. The rest of what I do---who knows where it comes from? Sometimes I even wonder myself! And once again tonight, I don't know where this all came from! So to end this one a good note-enjoy this shot from our garden-and don't forget to contact the Flying Pig if you're interested in these necklaces, almost forgot to say that part-I really am tired!