Wear Whimsey and Watch for Smiles

As a follower of this blog you know I love my studio time and relish creating any form of treasure necklace. What a blast to play with objects of meaning to you.

Treasure necklaces come in all sizes, shapes and themes. While many treasure necklaces such as ones I’ve highlighted recently contain fine jewelry, it’s not a requirement. Sometimes we attach great importance to special symbols or items gathered over time.

The lampwork bead necklace made from whimsical glass beads Michelle collected makes me smile. Rods of colorful glass are melted with a special torch and the molten glass is then wound around a steel rod, forming a basic bead, and in this case, lampglass art.

Every bead gleams. Little hoot owls march up and down the 28” length while the other animals – a ladybug, a porcupine, a turtle – look on. Detail on each bead adds charm. For example, some of the owls have a heart on their chest, while others have polka dots.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Lampglass treasures

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Lampglass treasures

To emphasize particularly delicate bead details, I placed created charms with headpins. ( In my opinion, things that dangle are part of the fun of a treasure necklace. )

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Lamgglass charms

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Lamgglass charms

I used two not-exactly matched handmade beads for the earrings that match this piece. While the idea of unmatched earrings may not appeal to you, I knew that the quirkiness would captivate my customer.

Michelle’s collection of notional charms engaged me even further. Once again her mischievous sense of humor and playful attitude influenced her selection and my presentation.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Charming treasure

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Charming treasure

 

An artist charm – a resin filled frame with the definition of an artist – took center position. On either side it was flanked by animals: an owl, a kangaroo, a whale, a dolphin, a cat. The addition of other whimsy, such as an angel wing, a donut, an egg sandwich added to the interest of the piece.

To place the focus on the charms rather than the beads, I used clear faceted beads to frame each icon. Vintage, small milliflori rounds separated segments.

Matching earrings of two tiny dog charms provided the “piece de resistance” and the crowning touch.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Doggy earrings

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Doggy earrings

This grin-inducing piece of wearable art is sure to please both the wearer and the viewer.

Are you inspired to be a little less serious now?