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Clarsach necklace

Mum plays the clarsach, so I wanted to make a clarsach focal for her Christmas necklace. It took a few goes to get something I was happy with.

Clarsach - attempt 1

First go: light grey transparent lentil with harp in tuxedo. I intended it to be hades, but used the wrong stringer :p
I got the bottom of the harp too hot and the stringer fuzzed out.

Clarsach - attempt 2

More light grey and hades, this time with white strings. It didn’t work well – the white’s so soft that it balled up too fast on the surface. Rather messy result.

Clarsach - attempt 3, front

This one nearly made it. I really like the harp shape – I used a twistie with various browns and neutrals in it. Hades for the strings and for the notes on the back. I used CiM chalcedony for the base colour, and I didn’t use this bead because I wanted something more transparent. I think you can keep chalcedony a little more translucent if you’re careful, but certain opalinos opacify on me unless I remember to put them near the front of the kiln (a lot easier when I was batch annealing!). Kryptonite does it too.

Clarsach - attempt 3, back

Showing the notes on the back. In the end I made these beads up into quick pendants by putting them on headpins and gave them to mum too, because she wanted to keep them.

Clarsach necklace

Here’s the final necklace. I used CiM peacock green – utterly beautiful colour, and one that doesn’t opacify in my kiln. I kept the harp simple and more stylised – too many strings just messes up the look. There are some musical notes around the harp. I used another of Diane’s silk ribbons, a hammered silver ring, large Greek silvered ceramic beads, sterling findings and a sterling swan neck clasp to finish it off.

Clarsach necklace, view 2

Psst, I do like WordPress’s ability to schedule posts. It lets me space them out rather than do two or three on the days I have time to write them. I only noticed it recently!

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Necklace for Carys

This is a necklace I made as a Christmas present for my boyfriend’s sister Carys.

Necklace for Carys

The lampwork beads are transparent mid blue, and the lentil focal has white stringer scrolls. I also used small blue-clear Czech crystals, Greek silvered ceramic spacers and blue silver-lined seed beads. With sterling silver findings and one of Diane’s silk strings.

Necklace for Carys - detail

I kept it simple and I think it worked really well.

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UKJC Secret Santa 2010

Here’s what I made for the UKJC Secret Santa. (See there for the album of what everyone made). We send the present to our recipient anonymously, they post a photo when they receive it, and we have a big guessing game until we know who made what.

UKJC Secret Santa, for Maggie

I made a necklace for Maggie using amber and triton swirled lampwork beads, peacock iridescent discs, carnelian discs, Greek ceramic spacers, sterling silver and another of Diane’s beautiful silk ribbons. I’d got the discs some time before and was pleased how well they matched!

UKJC Secret Santa, view 2

And here’s what I received! Made by Tabby. Isn’t it lovely? Silver necklace with seahorse and starfish.

UKJC Secret Santa by Tabby

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FHF Secret Santa 2010

FHF Secret Santa 2010

This is where I was going with my dark steel grey muddling. The next lot of beads I tried used white for the core. If I’d been thinking clearly I would have done that first! They have various layers of scrollwork in hades, tuxedo and white. I made a kalera with an effect I rather liked by doing tuxedo scrollwork on the white, then encasing it in dark steel grey, then white scrolls and hades dots on the surface. Having tuxedo inside like that essentially gives you dark shadowy grey scrolls under the surface, since tuxedo is less dense than hades and not purple like Effetre black. (The thicker your encasing, the less noticeable it will be under the dark steel grey though).

For my FHF Secret Santa gift I made this necklace. It has a kalera like the one mentioned above, plus some spacers to go with it. I strung it on one of Diane’s silk strings (SowZerE) and paired it with small sterling silver beads and findings, plus a hammered ring. The sterling beads are tight enough on the silk string that they can be used to space everything out without any knots.

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