Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Impossible Party Guest


I just finished this necklace. Literally, just now... a few moments ago. The idea started about a week or two ago when I got it in my head that I wanted to put a twist into a neckwire and hang stuff off it. Then I thought further and said to myself... how about a twist on each side? Then stuff could hang off each twist and connect back up so it would be like doubled or something. I proceeded to do a half-assed attempt at sketching it. It was a half-assed attempt because my precious gel pen had gone missing.

I knew from the start that the colors would be wild and I pictured a "Pretending" style hodge-podge of mixed up links to connect everything together. I have been having trouble finding my beady groove so Ron chimed in with "just do discs, you are the disc queen, right?" So I started there. I made a few discs the other day, throwing in a random hollow or dotted round along the way. Yesterday, I worked a bit on the wire hardware portion of it, plus a few more beads. All in all it has taken about 3 days of work (at least 8 hours of torching, and another 6 hours wiring) to bring it to life.

It really is a love/hate design. I hold it up and it makes be smirk, thinking to myself "this is really cool". Then I put it on and look in the mirror, which makes my smirk a grin because I think "this looks even better on". Ultimately, though, I go to photograph it and I get frustrated because it doesn't want to lay right, or it won't fit in the frame of the shot the way I want. I upload the photos to find they are blurry or the colors are all wrong. Or something twisted the wrong way (see photo below).

It truly is "The Impossible Party Guest"... it is the friend you love to have around... that is the highlight of your evening... but eventually gets on your nerves... and makes you wanna go home early. LOL.

9 comments:

Lori said...

you are too funny kerry! I love how your pieces take on a life of their own. that is what makes your jewelry stand out!!

Michele H said...

I like the general idea of the design but for me it's too busy. Too many colors. Too much to look at so my eyes are jumping from one spot to another. I also think it hangs too low. If you did a "lite" version of this with less beads, less colors I would probably love it.

Kerry said...

Thanks for the comments.

Michele, I can tell your jewelry tastes run on the more conservative side. I have some new things brewing I think you are going to love! Still the bold color, but taken down a notch (or two).

rosebud101 said...

I love that necklace, Kerry! Great job!

CreekHiker said...

Kerry, I love it! I know what you mean about hard to photograph. With one of my pieces I ended up staging it piecemeal under my tripod and putting it all together in photoshop! UGH!

Amazing piece... Wow!

Lynda said...

LOVE It!! I think it wants to come live at my house. :)

Anonymous said...

wowzer! wild, wacky and fun, fun, fun! great name for it too! you are a very creative soul. how does it feel on? it looks a tiny bit heavy....is it? kind regards, lisa d, portland, oregon.

Lori Anderson Designs said...

I love it! I want it! You selling it?

Kerry said...

Thanks ladies!

Lori... it sold already!! Don't worry, I have another version on the way.