I made this beadwork necklace specifically for the art exhibit at the Geneva Ohio Grape Jamboree. I’ve been entering various pieces of my art, like my watercolors, mixed media, and photographs, in this exhibit for years. This year I decided to enter my beadwork. I was blessed with an honorable mention in the 3-D category. I had hoped to do a bit better…I’m just saying. I’m counting my blessings.
I was also blessed in another way…I sold it! That made it all worthwhile.
A little bit about the jamboree…our area of northeastern Ohio is known for grapes and wine. Each year Geneva, Ohio has a celebration called the Geneva Grape Jamboree. There are vendors, food, entertainment, and the art exhibit.
Here’s how I constructed the necklace…I began by peyote bezeling my purple magnesite cabochon and adding a peyote bail, which I used two different size beads, 11’s and 8’s, to add a little whimsy. Next, I peyote bezeled several different purple beads with 11’s and 8’s to represent grapes. I even covered a couple of beads totally with size 11’s. I used antiqued brass chain and filigree. I gave the filigree a touch of patina colored paste to add a little color. The rest was all strung on 2 lengths of jewelry wire on both sides: Swarovski AB (aurora borealis) crystal 2 hole connectors, alternated Swarovski AB crystal bicones 6mm and purple crystal rondelles, another Swarovski 2 hole connectors and finally I separated the 2 jewelry wires to add the “grapes” on the two separate wires. I made my different “grape” beads all symmetric. I then pulled the 2 wires together again to add a few more Swarovski crystals and finally attach to the filigrees using crimps. Now, all that’s left is to attach the beaded strand to the chains.