The Allium Necklace

I set about finishing this pendant off today.  I had no real expectations for it other than I wanted to get it finished.  But as I began to finish all the little details, I really really surprised myself.  It started to 'sing'.  Oh my, a whole glorious symphony of delights!

Allium necklace, Cari-Jane Hakes, September 2011
The magic started round about the time I started to gently fold the silver bezel over to secure the china like blue and white enameled piece in place.  Fine silver bezel really is amazing stuff.  The way it adapts to changing radii, it contracts and expands as you gently push and prod it this way and that.

I set to work finishing the edges and as I filed and sanded and polished the most perfect melding of metals began to emerge.  The silver plated copper plate for the base of the pendant began to shine with a rosy glow that then transitions into the fine silver of the bezel setting.

I worked hard on this edge - I kept remembering what my first Jewellery tutor used to say to us 'Perfection IS possible in jewellery'.  And so, I kept going until it was perfect.

Allium necklace, edge detail, Cari-Jane Hakes, September 2011
It was round about this time that my surprise began to turn to excitement.  I added the 'stem' of the allium flower.  All covered in droplets of rock crystal 'water' (this probably had something to with the photographs I took earlier in the week of rain).  These beads are just exquisite.  I have had them for years, waiting for the perfect project.

Allium necklace, stem detail, Cari-Jane Hakes, September 2011
I left the necklace on a side table and just kept looking at it throughout the day.  I took more pictures when the sunshine made the stem glisten.

Allium stem detail, Cari-Jane Hakes, September 2011
And you know the best thing about this necklace?  I have another one to make tomorrow!

Allium necklace, Cari-Jane Hakes, September 2011
It is listed on Etsy here.