Sunday, July 5, 2009

Just two finished pieces

Silver Poppy Necklace

A silver poppy flower combined with peridot beads. A simple sort of necklace for everyday wear.

Moth - A Midsummer Nights Dream inspired Necklace

The centerpiece for this necklace is a flea market found treasure, which seemed predestined to depict Moth. I am not sure what material it is, but I think silver is a fair guess. I picked up several pieces from one dealer that looked like they came from a goldsmith's workshop, including silver solder; so I think I am guessing on the safe side. Someone put a lot of work into sawing out this intricate pattern! I have filled the spaces with amethyst coloured resin and just a bit of sparkle, to create the look of plique-à-jour enamel, which was very popular during the Art Nouveau period.

Moth Necklace Detail

I wire wrapped some leaflike antenna to the top, similar in shape to the antennae of moths and completed it with amethyst beads and vintage freshwater pearls, including an amethyst and pearl dangle.

19 comments:

Barbara Lewis said...

This necklace is so lovely. I'm so impressed with how you made it even more unique by adding the resin and antennae. Beautiful!

Debbie / Prairie Emporium said...

Both are beautiful!!! I love the way you added the resin in the amethyst to alter the appearance of the pendant, so original. Renate, all your work seems to be so well thought our and executed. I always just fly by the seat of my pants and who knows where it will take me.

Doreen said...

Beautiful, Renate! You are so creative! I love that you thought to add resin to your find and turn in into a moth!

sharon said...

Absolutely stunning Renate, and the story behind it as well!! I love the poppy too, very clean looking....just beautiful!

No Easy Beads said...

Renate I love coming to your blog and seeing your beautiful creations.

stregata said...

Thank you, Barbara, Debbie, Doreen, Sharon and Beverly, for your very kind words. It is because of the wonderful people that comment here, that gives me the impetus to keep pushing my borders.
@Debbie: but I fly by the seat of my pants also! One step leads to another.

Rosanne said...

Renate, you are have been creating some of the sweetest pieces. I love them! Purple is my favorite.

The Joy of Nesting said...

Hi Renate,

Both pieces are ever so imaginative and beautiful. In fact Moth has never looked so good!! :) I would think the artist who created the original piece would be very thankful that the piece went home with you. You have honored them well!! :)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Silke said...

Oh, so gorgeous!! Both are just wonderful! The flower is exquisite and the moth is just heavenly!! You are such a great artist! Hugs, Silke
P.S. I hope your kitty is doing much better...

lilylovekin said...

I love your newest creations. I see what you mean by loving green and purple, but I can see why they are wonderful colors. Nature does not make mistakes.

Marbella Designs said...

beautiful necklaces! great work on the silver centerpiece

julie Haymaker thompson said...

The succulent looks like it burst forth with sliver blossoms but poor kitty looks like his paw needs to burst soon too.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Renate, you create such beauty, such joy, I am glad to have found your lovely place and spirit. Blessings.

stregata said...

Thank you everyone, for all your kind and sweet comments!!!!

lilibulle said...

it's absolutely perfect!!!! the flower is so so so nice too!!

Cristi-2 If By Sea said...

OMG Renate! That focal piece is just beautiful ~ Nice work!

sharon said...

Hi Renate! I commented on my blog but maybe you didn't see it....are you doing atc's....I'd love to trade, but I am a novice, but having fun!

sherry lee said...

Renate, they both turned out so beautifully. The poppy is something I can see being worn casually and for an evening out. You manage to capture so many different styles and moods with your work!

cat said...

Your necklaces came out beautiful! Especially love the silver poppy necklace. I notice that your other blog's banner has a pic of the poppie necklaces done in copper. The copper is very nice as well!