Pearl one, Pearl two…

The joy of pearls seems to never diminish. I  can think of dozens of things to do with pearls. And ways to undo them.

Take this long knotted pearl necklace. The large-hole pearls are tinted gray. When I made the necklace with its self-looping clasp, I was intrigued. No longer.

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan,knotty pearls with self close loop

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan,knotty pearls with self close loop

 

I’m over it. Replacement: a bracelet. A double wrap adds to its importance.

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, gray pearl and clear double wrap snake knot

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, gray pearl and clear double wrap snake knot

Long necklaces are in, though. I played with different colors and got this collection of five:

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, pearl five

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, pearl five

Wow. I loved the resin treatment with dangles. What fun. Another experiment formed immediately, this one using a different face and yet more pearls. Meanwhile, my art side went wildly creative: painting the face, decorating the bezel.

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, pearls with resin face bezel

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, pearls with resin face bezel

The resin process takes a bit of time. While I waited for my new pour to set, I wondered, “What about a long necklace of a different green?”

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, green pearls

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, green pearls

How would bronze and gold pearls look? Could I use a little bit of pearl chain for fun?

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, bronze and gold pearls

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, bronze and gold pearls

I finally made myself quit. All pearled out for this session.

What’s your favorite pearl to play with?