It's two weeks since the Bead Soup Blog Party "reveal" and I've been steadily making my way around all the blogs, taking the time to savour each one. There have been some truly fascinating pieces, lots of different styles to enjoy and some ingenious solutions to solve tricky construction problems.
And that's what today's post is all about today; thinking outside the square when faced with design constraints.
Here's the end result: Midnight Rhapsody
It all worked out in the end but let's have a look at the design problems I came across.
My focal is a black 5-hole slider from Cousin Corp's Midnight Garden collection. I began by stringing the two strands of Crystazzi crystals through the second and fourth holes, but the design wasn't really working. After fiddling around with it, I threaded the two strands through the top hole and the third hole instead, and all of a sudden the necklace started coming to life.
By shifting the balance of the focal I then had an opportunity to add a dangle to the bottom of it. I chose one of the flower sliders from the necklace but I wanted it to sit like a diamond rather than a square. But this then presented two more challenges: firstly, how to connect the dangle to the black focal and secondly how to attach it at an angle.
The first challenge was quite easy; thread an eye pin through the fifth hole in the slider and create another loop on the other end. I bent the loops so they sat flush with the side of the focal and then hooked on a crystal connector to each loop. A jump ring connects the two together. Challenge 1, solved!
You can see I also added red crystals to the centre of the flower sliders to coordinate with the Dark Siam Crystazzi crystals -they add a bit of colour and passion to the choker.
I love it when a bit of lateral thinking allows you to use components differently to how they were originally intended. It can be quite a challenge... but the results can be amazing!
'Til next time.....