She came up with a selection of components for us to play with. I particularly liked the geometric look of the curved piece and so went ahead and mirrored and stretched it, and made 2. Along with adding stripes – just for fun.
I do love the colors she chose for each kit. This olive and gold works together and makes for an elegant look. Adding in another of her components I finally designed this fancy necklace with fringe. It’s called Chrysogonum after a creeping ground flower nicknamed Gold and Green.
Here’s a close up of the focal point.
This is a close up of the clasp which is made from another of Marcia’s component designs. The clasp conceals a snap for closure.
The necklace is made with seed beads, Swarovski crystals and pearls. It is around 19 inches long with an additional 6 inches of focal and fringe.
I made a bracelet to match:
Having spent 3 days in June 2013 at Marcia DeCoster’s Masterclass – Playing with Possibilities it would be remiss of me not to review her book Beaded Opulence. This is from the Lark Books beadweaving master class series.
I bought this book a while ago as I understood Marcia was known for her right angle weave designs – and I do love the Lark Masterclass books. Truthfully I haven’t made any of the pieces yet but the book is constantly being pulled from the shelf, there are so many cool ideas.
There are 8 Chapters. The usual Basic Beading Kit and then the Fundamentals which are always necessary. I enjoy reading these chapters as each artist uses different tools. Plus they have useful tips on how they, in particular, work their stitches. Continue reading
Here’s the finished craw bracelet from the Playing with Possibilities Masterclass with Marcia DeCoster. So pretty. And easy to wear. It’s made with size 15, 11 and 8 seed beads, Swarovski crystals, and a snap for the clasp. Marcia wrote about it on her blog.
The bracelet is based on two of the components from her bag of possibilities. The craw and romantica pieces. I mirrored, enlarged and striped the craw component, and used the romantica piece to embellish the top. The romantica is used to cover the snap closure – see the picture below.
As an added note to this post: we spent the weekend with friends who live by the inter-coastal waterway. While we sat on the dock, swinging our legs and chatting I felt a sliding on my arm and out of the corner of my eye saw something slip into the water. I looked at my wrist – it was bare. My lovely bracelet had disappeared.
I’m so glad I had these great pictures, it hasn’t gone completely. Lesson learned – make sure the snap is a stronger one than Michael’s offer, and add a proper safety chain to precious jewelry.
I intend making this piece again, slightly different and of course, with the above safeguards.