Sunday, 25 May 2014

The Watermelon Commission

I was recently commissioned to make a necklace who had recently bought a skirt from Violet Flamingo in a bold watermelon pattern.  The brief was to make a necklace which incorporated a watermelon pendant.  She is allergic to nickel so I had to make sure that any findings I used would not touch her skin.  I decided to make a fastener which incorporated a small "slice" of watermelon which would act as a toggle with a loop of seed beads.  I made stripy beads using the red, green and pale yellow colour palette, plain red beads and I sandwiched some with silver leaf to give it a bit of a lift.  I then strung them with large green sead beads, green bobbly lampwork beads and red ceramic beads. It was a bit of a challenge, especially as the hot weather and a batch of especially soft polymer clay were working against me, but I rose to the occasion and this is the result and my customer was very happy!  *phew*

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