Well, it's officially finished and I think I can say with much confidence that this is my most ambitious undertaking to date, as well as the piece of which I am most proud.
For quite some time I have been very interested in the idea of the creating of familiar objects out of sterling (ie: my cassette tape necklace) and I thought what better "object" to try to create than a busy little bumblebee.
There is really quite a bit to them with their antennae, and their jointed legs, and their veiny little wings. I had several other critters sketched out - giraffe, lamb, lady bug - but ultimately, I was most drawn to this guy.
At first I had intended to create a honey-hued pendant hanging at the front with a smaller version of the bee slightly off-set, but when the bee turned out a little larger than originally planned, I knew he'd have to take center stage with the piece of matte amber playing second fiddle.
I have also been missing wire-wrap-linking beads so I knew that was definitely something I wanted to incorporate with the lovely green "honey jade" beads I had been hanging on to for just the perfect occasion.
He sits perfectly on the neckline, and though not too heavy, he is weighty, hefty, and CERTAINLY worth his weight in golden honey.
All components, save for the husky lobster clasp, have been fabricated completely by hand.
Every wire wrapped tight.
Every loop soldered shut.
Not only did I set out with this project to try to push my limits and see if I could indeed create something that I didn't know I was capable of, I also wanted to have a finished piece that felt like something I would have pulled out of my grandmother's jewelry box. Something that her grandmother would have worn and passed on to her.
I can't help but feel I have succeeded.
I know I have been CRAZY tardy in getting new things listed in my shop but I do have a few things I'd like to stick on the shelves sometime this coming week.
I wish you all a happy Labor Day weekend! May it be fairly "laborless" and filled with lemonade, art in a park, fun with family, and anything else that sounds appealing and entirely unrelated to anything that even SMELLS like work :)