Monday, August 19, 2013

What do Skye Jewels and Outwest have in common?

I'll tell you what they have in common - two beautiful pieces of art that stand on their own but combine to form a perfect color combination!

I am anxiously awaiting my copy of Cindy Wimmer's new book The Missing Link.  I admire Cindy's mastery of wire, and I have read rave reviews, too! In the meantime, I was playing with a gorgeous tile I have handmade by Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp of Skye Jewels and More Skye Jewels.  It is of a beautiful tree with subtle tones of purple, gorgeous yellows and greens.  I have many of her tiles...some with holes, some without.  I keep them in a pretty little ceramic bowl on my bench, which I bought from Jennifer Jangles...pretty artwork in a pretty bowl.  Anyway, I wrapped the tile in a Vintaj filigree component.  I then went to my enormous bead stash and found a perfect color match of lampwork from Julie of Outwest - and I mean perfect!

I wired up the beads and decided that I needed a new link to incorporate into this necklace.  So, I coiled up some 20 gauge copper, strung it on a length of 16 gauge copper, and wrapped it.  I loved this link!  But, could I duplicate it?  Amazingly, I did...three times!

The necklace terminates with a little bit of handmade chain.

The picture below is of the necklace before I added Marie's focal.

And, after:

The colors are so perfect together!  I wonder, did Julie and Marie collaborate on their color selections?

Newsflash - it is still Summer in Northern Virginia.  I listened to the meteorologist today remind me of that fact.  It has been a glorious 5 days here - no humidity, temperatures in the 70's.  Even the rain yesterday was palatable, as it only hit 70 degrees.  Alas, good times are over as it will be close to 90 degrees for the foreseeable future.  Oh well..

I hope you enjoy your week! Thank you so much stopping by!



  1. WOW!! That outstanding!! You made that pendant just shine with those beads and your incredible wire work! Truly stunning!! <3 You make me proud!!

  2. I agree! What an incredible piece of work this is!! The links! Wow! All of it. Beautiful!

  3. Gorgeous! And yes, I think those beads and the pendant were made for each other!

  4. Patti your wire work is incredible!! I love the piece - you are right-the beads were made for each other.

  5. really beautiful Patti! I love the deep luster you get with your wirework, and this necklace is stunning!

  6. Wow what a beautiful necklace!! Every element fits just perfect, and I love the rich color of the piece. I ordered Cindy's book too but have never tried any thing like this before. I'm looking forward to when the book arrives but I fear there will be lots of trial and even more error for a while.

  7. That is a GORGEOUS necklace!!! I love those links! I'm eagerly awaiting Cindy's book too! I love her wire work. But, this necklace is really beautiful and I love the beads and cab.
    Yep, heat's back here too! It is still August, so I guess we should expect it. Stay cool!

  8. GORGEOUS! GORGEOUS! GORGEOUS! The wire work is so perfect and yes the beads and pendant are awesome together! This is a showstopper!!

  9. Just...Wow! Your wire work is perfect! Love the deep, rich patina with the beads and focal.