Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Bead Shelf Necklace

Project #3 in Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet, by Mary Hettmansperger, has proved to be alot of fun, just as I thought. Moving thru this book, with Deryn Mentock, has been both challenging and stimulating. I have tried techniques I might not or would not have tried; as I go thru this summer challenge with several other jewelry artists. Other participants who have submitted their projects are listed on the left margin of Deryn's blog. Just look under Deryn's Summer Jewelry Challenge.

I love the side view of the shelf, as you can see the different colors and sizes of Czech crystals that I used. The part I enjoyed most was the patina I applied with my propane torch and Novocan Super Brite Copper Patina-on both the shelf and twisted metal beeds. I torched, then dipped the pieces in ice water. Next I applied the Novocan in different places, then re-torched and back into the ice water. I did this several times, until I was satisfied with the colors. The copper turned into brilliant shades of gold, blue, green, turquoise, brown and burgandy.
Project #4 probably won't come as soon as I'd like; as projects, jewelry shows and a much needed vacation trip are quickly approaching.
I can hardly wait, as the Layers Necklace is what's next.


beautifullybrokenme said...

Diane -

I love this piece! The twisted copper beads on the ends are so cool and so original, and the crystals add such sparkle! I have had that same super-brite patina on my shelf for a long time but just haven't figured out what to use it on - now I know!

I posted my project #4 today - it is a lot of fun to put together as well.

Good luck at the jewelry shows and enjoy your vacation!

- Molly

Daryl said...

Love the new look .. where are you going on vacation .. AND I misspoke when I said that the Sensuous Bean was no longer .. it is still there! So come on back to NYC and lets get a cup of cawfee!


Tammy's Treasure Chest said...

WOW! I love this, and I'm gonna have to get this book! Congrats on the antiques store, too! YAY! Your work is gorgeous!!!

Chris said...

This is wonderful!!! You really made a unique piece with these techniques. I intend to get her book!

The Novacan Super Brite Copper Patina...where did you find this? It sounds like something I really could use.

Don't answer until you have a minute...your shop, shows, vacation are all way more important my friend.

Aunt Angie said...

Wow! another talented jewelry maker!
Thank you for your kind words on my blog! Be blessed by the Lord--have a safe but fun filled 4th!!

Fanciful Expressions said...

Your talent shines. Love what you did with the Novocan. I need some of that for sure.Also, I want to thank you for your compliment on my blog.I like your idea to share some tips on etching. Possibly next week after my granddaughter leaves I'll be doing a post with pictures. Thanks again Diane. Keep up your lovely work.
Have a wonderful 4th.


Anonymous said...

Diane, this is terrific! I love the flattened, twisted wire on the ends...very nice!

Deborah Truesdell said...


I love the patina you obtained on this piece - it's beautiful! The twisted beads are a fun addition! Isn't it fun to see what everyone comes up with?

Deborah Truesdell said...


I love the patina you obtained on this piece - it's beautiful! The twisted beads are a fun addition! Isn't it fun to see what everyone comes up with?

Anita said...

I'm always amazed at the way you mix color, texture, and materials... Artists are the people I envy most - and you are one of my favorites!

kansasrose said...

What can I say hon??? This is so unique, so Diane C. KatyPrairie gorgeous! YOur way with the crystals, wire, the copper, beads... Good luck at your jewelry shows and have a blast! You just ROCK it out GIRL! :) xxxooo

Anonymous said...

Diane, I love the direction your jewelry making is taking you -- lovely,lovely work.


June said...

This piece is just beautiful! I especially love the patina on the copper. This is one challege I am looking forward to trying. Can't wait to see what you do next.