When I looked at the inspiration piece for the July Art Bead Scene challenge, the first thing I saw was the bright yellow flower on the chair. I knew that I needed to make the flower pendant my focal point. Having taken ten classes at the Milwaukee Bead and Button show, I decided to use the skills I had acquired to make the flower pendant.
I began with a sheet of 24 gauge copper. I sawed the outline of the flower from the sheet. My artistic husband drew in the lines for the petals that I then etched on the flower. I torch enameled the yellow and green color to the flower. I then wanted to add a leaf to the necklace. I thought about using my saw and making a leaf similar to the flower pendant. However, I had taken two classes on folding metal and decided to make a folded copper leaf.
Then I had to decide where the leaf would be placed on the necklace as well as the other components. This was harder than I expected. I started making several variants of flower beads with a bead cap and leaf all on a wrapped loop eye pin. I also made two flowers from lucite cali lily beads on wrapped loop eye pins. Combing these elements was a bit of a challenge. I finally decided that a minimalist idea with chain was best.
The final step was the clasp. I added a single picasso faceted bead on a wrapped loop headpin to the end of the chain, for a more finished look, with a lobster clasp on the other side.
The finished piece.