Greetings, all! I hope you all survived the holidays relatively unscathed and are fully dedicated to either falling short of your resolutions, or, if you're like me, ignoring them entirely. I have finally finished the companion piece to Maelstrom. I have named it.... WAIT FOR IT.... Maelstrom II. Yeah, I know. You're thunderstruck by my originality, I can tell. Let us take leave of this witty banter and instead delve into the creative process or whatever.
It started off innocently enough as a sterling silver frame with an Australian opal, this time rather dark. I regret to say that no amount of camera finagling can do the fire of this stone any sort of justice. Either that, or I just can't take pictures. Both scenarios are equally likely.
Things started getting really out of control when I decided to make the frame wires six deep. Yeah, that wasn't going to complicate matters AT ALL.
Looks kind of like a space bug here. Wires were going everywhere.
My original plan was to have this glorious, wide, spider-webby looking thing around it, but it was starting to be too unwieldy, and I wasn't exactly sure how to continue once I got the curve around the bottom. After three or four restarts, the pendant took a different direction.
This design seemed more conducive to what I had in mind: completing the pendant before the next millenium.
Behold, the finished product with matching chain! This is before adding patina.
Ta da!!!! All finished! This one took quite a bit longer than the first one, mostly due to me changing my mind a lot during the process. It is a substantial pendant, sure to bring the wearer a lot of attention. Total cost is $250 plus the appropriate shipping and sales tax.
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for the companion bracelet to the two opal pendants! My plan is to enter these three pieces in a juried art exhibition/sale at some point, unless someone decides to give them a home first!