Since I had a general idea of the shape of the ornament from the thumbnail sketch #7 I began to create the base in cubic right angle weave. The base needed to be a support structure therefore it is three dimensional and rigid.
Since the necklace band was pre-existing, peridot green needed to play a role in the ornament. The color scheme and supplies were an important early consideration to ensure a cohesive integration with what was used in the necklace. To offset the green with another harmonious color, it seemed lavender and purple would be solid bets, providing the ornament some contrast. I colored-in my sketch with colored pencils to create a guide. In addition, the round beads in the sketch needed to be pearls to be cohesive with the necklace which contained rice pearls. Even through the shapes are different, one oblong and the other round, they tie the piece together well since they are the same material.
Oftentimes I work with a general picture of what the design will look like (thumbnail sketch) and as I begin to build it I have the freedom to decide the details. In this case, pearls shaped like rondelles are used and they were quite large so the scale of the ornament was increased to support them. The thumbnail sketch had five rondelle pearls, the design was revised to hold seven. Odd number groupings are generally agreed in design theory as more appealing.
To create heavier weight and visual interest at the bottom of the ornament, a row of netted ruffles were added above the leaves. In addition, texture on the surface of the base of the ornament was added using circular, flat beads.
In terms of the clasp, it seemed very natural to create a simple button and loop closure so it can be unhooked on either side. To create more design cohesion the rondelle pearls on the ornament were incorporated with the loop. The button is a bezel using a pronged zircon with embellishment beads around it. The clasp is very effective at securely closing the necklace. Since the buttons are attached to both sides of the ornament the pyramid of beads at the top center of the thumbnail was omitted to keep a simpler look.
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