Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Don't Do The Dishes

"Don't Do The Dishes" is just one of the names I am thinking of using for this new necklace. I know it is a silly name, and it is one I used ages ago for a very small set of beads covered in bubbles. There is just something about gigantic transparent blue bubbles that has me thinking of a pile of dishes waiting to be washed. Oh, or that scene in Disney's Cinderella, where she is scrubbing the floor and huge bubbles float around the room. Or... an over flowing, over suds-ed load of laundry too. LOL. And at the same time, I imagine that anyone wearing this would definitely NOT be doing the dishes while she wore it.

I can't say exactly where this idea came from.If just floated into my head yesterday. Lauren and I were sitting at the kitchen table. She was chewing on some Cheerios and I was reading some emails. I was suddenly panic stricken. I couldn't remember where I had put my sketch book in the midst of all the cleaning I have been doing lately. I eventually found it tucked away on a book shelf. I flipped through the pages and started to doodle this design. I thought about it all day.

While Lauren was at school, I planned to work on Bead Box Beads, but I couldn't stop thinking about the necklace doodle. I grabbed a few rods of my new favorite shade of transparent blue. These are the absolute BIGGEST hollows I have ever made. I am talkin' HUGE! As big or bigger then ping pong balls. As the kiln cooled through out the evening, I took out my wire and readied the base and made the coils. First thing this morning I wired up the beads and put it all together.

Because of the enormous nature of the hollows, I should have made the base wire longer. I started with a piece just over 18ins, but with the chunky beads it now wears like a short 16in. Not that its a bad thing, I like short for summer styles, it just limits the wearers to smaller necked people. Next time I think I'll make one longer with a few more beads.

So far, I am getting mixed reviews from my home based critics. Ron thinks it's weird and has too many beads... Jacob thinks it's kinda crazy... Andrew thinks it's awesome... and Lauren is still sleeping. I would love to hear what you think!

13 comments:

willowluna said...

I like looking at it, but would have to see how it felt on me. Do you know what I mean?

Michele H said...

I guess I'm thinking it's too big. Sticks out too much. I think if the beads were a bit smaller it would lay flatter. I love the color and design, just too big for my taste.

Lori said...

I have to agree with michele h.
I love the color, that is fantastic.
I also think the design would be perfect with a bit smaller beads or a various sizes.

Anonymous said...

I could never get away with wearing it on my big neck. I am thinking less beads, longer length with the beads vertical instead of horizontal?
Marcia

Kerry said...

Good feedback everyone, Thanks. I will experiment with a version that has smaller hollows.

For now though, I really like this one and it is just gonna have to be one of those pieces that needs to be seen in person to be appreciated.

Lori G said...

I love it! Of course, I don't wear jewelry but admire it on others and what other jewelry artists come up with!

I see it as a statement piece...or one that would be worn by someone very bold and funky. I always love it when someone comes up to my booth at a show and they have a huge honkin' piece of bold jewelry on. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.

I say go with it!

Lisa said...

I love it! But then I believe jewelry should be seen! (from miles way even...LOL)...

deehebard said...

Ok...I LOVE it...great color and so much fun...I would like to see you take it even further...MORE beads so the beads extend further around the neck, to balance the size of the beads...and then you could always Kab-erize it!
Take it one more step!

Lynda said...

LOVE IT!!!

Kerry said...

Thanks again gals... I really like hearing all the different points of view on this!! I think I tend to agree with Deedee most... I want to take it even further with more beads.

It is totally okay that it isn't for everyone. I don't think I would be having fun if I was always making things that everyone liked. Okay, maybe I would. BUt I like it when you all like the crazier stuff too.

Lori said...

"It is totally okay that it isn't for everyone. I don't think I would be having fun if I was always making things that everyone liked. Okay, maybe I would. BUt I like it when you all like the crazier stuff too."

I know you are right about that. That is one thing about you, you are never boring and static. Just because this idea didn't pop for me, doesn't mean the next one won't.

Lori Anderson Designs said...

I think you should make those beads go ALLLLL the way around, how cool and funkylicious would THAT be?????

Anonymous said...

i love it...reminds me of the glass fishing floats i found on the beach! lisa d.