08 March 2009

Spring Mix of Pearls

I made this set last weekend and find, again, that I adore these pieces!  This is the first time I have done a nearly random mix of stones (three colors of freshwater pearls, in this case) in the Viking knit section.  I wish that I also had different sizes of each color so that I could have the piece larger in the center than at the sides.  I find it immensely difficult, however, to find pearls that are of the same dye lot that are in different sizes, and more specifically, in smaller sizes.  I need pearls that range from 2 mm to 5 mm.  I can find white pearls more easily so I am considering the possibility of dying my own pearls.  Has anyone done this?

The other new thing about this necklace is the hook and eye.  Well, the eye portion, really.  I needed to make sure the eye was truly secure, so I soldered it closed.  Nothing earth-shattering, to be sure, but a new addition for me!

I already know what the next two (TWO!) necklaces will be; I have had the pearls for months and now know that I was waiting for this design to emerge.  I also think I shall make matching bracelets.


Lou's addictions said...

This is a stunning set, I love your work

DreamRiver Designs-Handcrafted Jewelry said...

Jan, is this a viking knit?

Jan-Ra said...

This IS Viking knitting! All three sections are woven using the same pattern of single and double knit stitch, but I added pearls while weaving the center section.

Lola_D said...

This is eye catching. I love the wire units in between the various chain sections.

BTW thank you for stopping by and commenting on my Viking Knit piece!