Friday, March 30, 2012

Olive Drop Necklace

For my most recent destash project, I tackled a pair of Czech glass pear drops that I purchased about a million years ago. I can’t say for sure why I chose to grab only two of these pretty Picasso drops, but having a pair of them seemed to stifle any inspiration I may have had for them. Apart from earrings, what sort of project could use two large red and green drops?

Picasso Pear Drops

I wanted to make sure that both of these pieces got used up, so I put everything else aside, and tried to design a necklace that would work with two drops, and still look balanced. I decided to try and construct a pendant design, with one drop above the other, using a series of loops at the end of a V-shaped St. Petersburg chain.

At first things didn’t work out the way I had hoped. The pendant section looked awkward and strange. Rather than get discouraged and scrap the whole thing, I tried adding some embellishments. With the addition of some beaded leaves, the pendant took on a whole new look, and the large loops of seed beads became stronger and more shapely.

Olive Drop Pendant

I’m so glad that these pretty beads have finally found their place!

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  1. That turned out super lovely!

  2. Sometimes I grab odd combinations of beads like that, too, and then really wonder what I was thinking later. This is a perfect use for these two lovely beads!

  3. What a perfect solution! I just love this necklace. Gorgeous!

  4. This is lovely! I think that our beads often know what's best, and they hide until your creative moment is just right!

  5. I enjoy seeing your designs, color choices and photos.
    This design turned out lovely and a good way to use your two drop beads.
    Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  6. That was a really great way to put them in a necklace. I like it. [=

  7. Not that I ever end up using them but unless a drop is too large or too expensive I try to buy 3 of a kind so I could make a necklace/earring set. I'm not sure why I do that because I generally dislike making earrings! So actually I end up in the same spot as you with two extras...I didn't realize that until just this second haha on me. I guess I kind of push them back and think, oh, yeah, I'll make earrings later. :-) anyway beautiful solution! What a thing to dream up let alone create. I am extremely impressed with this.

  8. I really love this! I bet it would look great with large scarab beads too. :)


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