I definitely wanted to go ahead and share these pieces before moving on to other projects. I completed these two projects the week before last, and finally got a lovely sunny day to photograph them.
My butterfly piece is wire work wrapped with freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals and Quartz.
I love the sparkle and elegance, and wish that my photos could give a clear picture of just how dazzling the piece is to the naked eye.
I think what pleases me the most about this piece is the asymmetry. I enjoy working both symmetrically and asymmetrically, but I definitely like this best. I feel like this piece has stretched me creatively, and I love that! I rarely use large crystals like the three in this piece. I tend toward tiny work, but tiny beads wouldn't have been bold enough for what I was thinking.
Sunset Over Snow
My snow piece is wire-wrapped seed beads and Swarovski crystals. 7 Strands of aurora borealis, clear, white, and silver seed beads have been wrapped together to create the snow, then a strand of crystals has been wrapped around the rest.
My favorite part of this piece is that I had the idea, and then I did it... Kind of rare, really. Most of the time I have the idea then run into some road-blocks and make changes. Sometimes those changes make the piece way better, and sometimes they don't. However, this time, it worked!
I saw the vision of a necklace depicting an Alaskan sunset on snow, and then I found the beads and put them together. I wish it looked exactly like I imagined it... It's still not exactly what I was thinking. So I may not be completely done. However, at this point I am satisfied.
Again, I wish my photos could show the true dazzle and sparkle of the piece.