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A Return to Wanton Creativity

Alice in Wonderland Bib Necklace
Alice in Wonderland Bib Necklace

Before you ask…

No.  I am NOT caught up on all the things.

Wholesale ordering on website ready? Nope.

Digital Images site fully stocked?  Nope.

Laundry folded and put away?  Bwah-Ha-Ha!!!! No!

But there comes a time in an artist’s life when she must set aside trivial things like laundry and tax returns and focus on the truly important things in her life.  Her cat, and making stuff.  Really Cool Stuff.  Over the top, eye-catching, jaw dropping, THIS IS WHY I WANTED TO BE AN ARTIST stuff.  That day was Tuesday.

What makes these pieces so special?

In an average day I make around 30 pieces, more if its an earrings kind of day.  But this week I spent each day on only ONE gorgeous signature necklace.  All of the individual components were worked up in advance (images tweaked and printed, game pieces decoupaged, resin cast, sanded and drilled, Watch movements cleaned, wire wrapped and resin cast…) so all I need to focus on was glorious creation and creativity.

And glorious it was!

The Reveal

The Mermaid’s Tail:

The Mermaid’s Tail necklace is *almost* finished…just another hour or two of beadwork before she goes on display at the Rust Belt this Saturday.

Mermaid's Tail Necklace
Mermaid’s Tail Necklace

The final version has an additional row of beaded chain and two quarter sized vintage watch movements.  I’ll have pictures of the final version up on Instagram soon, and if you’re in the area you can stop by the Rust  Belt  Market  on the corner of 9 mile and Woodward…

Up close and personal with the mermaid's tail
Up close and personal with the mermaid’s tail

The Wonderment Necklace:

I’ve been working with Tenniel’s iIllustrations for Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass for a while now, mostly on my Poker Chip Gypsy Junk style layering necklaces.  These aren’t simple pieces in any way, but compared to this lady they may as well be just a trinket on a chain.

Wonderment Necklace
Wonderment Necklace

Layers of salvaged chain, glass beads, vintage buttons and decoupaged antique game pieces arranged to make one unified wonderland of a necklace.  This may be the most colorful piece I have EVER made.  The Divine Iguana loves color.  The Divine Iguana approves.

Up Close and Personal with AliceAlice will be with me at the market this weekend as well, but probably won’t hit  Etsy for a day or two.  If you’re local stop by and see her in person at the Rust Belt.

The Tangled Pearls Necklace:

My favorite piece is the one that started the whole delightful mess.  The Tangled Pearls necklace is perhaps my favorite piece to date.  And it only took ten hours to construct!  That’s sarcasm…this thing consumed an entire day and most of the night.  It was totally worth it…

Tangled pearls Steampunk Necklace
Tangled Pearls Necklace

She’s available on Etsy RIGHT NOW, and she’ll also be with me at the Divine Iguana shop inside the Rust Belt Market this weekend.  I’m pretty excited to share her with the world.  She’s made entirely of salvaged chain embellished with repurposed glass and faux pearl beads and a myriad of hand-wrapped antique mother-of-pearl buttons.   And did I mention this beauty is reversible?!

Steampunk Bridal Couture Necklace
Up close and personal with the Tangled Pearls Necklace