Whoa. I haven't done a jewelry post in a while.
I think the last thing I posted about was my steampunk eyepatch? I have since finished the eyepatch, but need to add or fix some little things, which will take some time as I get the supplies I need.
The next project I am tackling is either my "chain mail necklace" or my "bling necklace" or the "bling-y-est necklace that has ever been blinged," depending on how you see it.
The idea for this necklace effectively starting sometime last May. I knew I wanted to do a collar necklace similar to the type that the Egyptians wore, but with more metal (cause I'm taking a metals class, not a beading class) and more stones. My original idea was to have a couple of panels, each with a number of large stones set on them, connected by a chain mail jump rings -- kind of similar to the inlaid collar below but mixed with more chain mail.
And then I met the gals of Damsel in this Dress (and their Facebook and their blog) at Comikaze back in September. I am perfectly okay with shamelessly promoting them like this. They create amazing corsets that are unique and recognizable as theirs, which is surprisingly hard to see. Every time I see one of their corsets cross the blogosphere I smile. I am always happy to support family-run small businesses. But anyhoo, getting back to the story. My sister and I stepped into their booth in the Exhibition hall at Comikaze to do some slobbering over their gorgeous corsets, though we were not shopping. Somehow, I ended up talking to the fabulously spunky Michelle, the owner, about something to do with scantily clad women at cons.....? I'll let that sink in for a moment. As I was talking to her, I could not help but admire the chunky necklace she had on and wondering if I could make something like that. A few weeks later, when I was revisiting the idea of making a collar necklace, I remembered Michelle's necklace and decided I wanted to make my necklace as blingy and over the top as hers (and I say blingy and over the top in the best way possible here -- just look at the pictures!).
|I will be following the instructions to make this necklace for the actual chain mail necklace part of the collar, which I've been referring to as the base...|
|This is the very first concept sketch I made just to get an idea of what I wanted the necklace to look like (update: helpfully annotated, but not as great quality)|
|I made this sketch once I found what materials I wanted to use. The charms and chains are placed less randomly to reduce the bulkiness of the necklace. (update: helpfully annotated, but not as great quality)|