Other shiny neck things, yay!
Initially it started with a rainbow 2-hole bead mix and then somewhat exploded from there. Not to mention the "yeah, sure, why not, all the things" decision of jet black and clear crystal AB Swarovsky beads. While I'm not usually too fond of regular strung necklaces for so many reasons, I tried to use a few techniques I'd picked up to make sure the multiple strands could properly distribute the weight, with a few holding knots between heavier sections to make sure nothing would be accidentally pulling the whole thing apart. I'm also very fond of those "prismatic beads" near the center (see the close up photo) because they actually reflect the full spectrum, it's just that trying to photograph them tends to get one color or another. Because of course pictures would be difficult.
This was a "tinkering project" in the middle of so very many more. I've had this agate pendant for an awfully long time and just pulled it out of a drawer to set on my desk. The little pieces came together slowly: labradorite beads, seraphinite beads, abalone chip beads, acrylic "silver crackle" beads, and silver. I briefly contemplated gold, but... nah.
Generally I'm very happy with the result, but I was using a different clear enamel coating to bring out the color on the pendant and it shows brushstrokes. Guess I'll know for next time. So far so good on the other elements of the enamel test, but. Argh.
(Available for sale.)
I finally justified the beads I picked up at an antique store! Ahem. Well when I ran across a couple of circuit board pieces encased in resin, I kept digging for a few more things, then set it all aside for a while. Desert Bus for Hope 2019 was apparently just the right time to dig them out again, add a bunch of other things I had to the mix, and come out with this. Even cyberpunk uber-hackers need a little flash, right?
As for the name, the poem All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace by Richard Brautigan had a bit of an impact on me, long long ago when I was just discovering that science fiction had an endless clinging hold on me.
A personal piece, shall we say. Deeply so; before the greedy bastard called cancer showed up, my friend Zellie was eager to encourage creativity and expression. She made a particular impression when it came to sending me random things to use and be inspired by, and one of those happened to be a collection of beads. The silver and abalone beads, along with the blue AB "crystals", were some of them. I'd been wanting to do something special with them for 9 years, and here finally everything came together.
As for an explanation of the pendant, something about Carbuncle had always reminded by of Zellie. She loved "ocean colors" and enjoyed "adorable monsters", but also Ruby Light and Aura were just... very much her. Sustaining, protecting. Without specific spoilers, when FFXV's Carbuncle and the Platinum Demo came around, it all very much aligned. So I used the abstract shape of Carbuncle which has shown up in official merchandise, and filled it with tiny abalone chips I've had laying around for probably quite a few more than 9 years, matching the necklace band itself. I thought the other beads, some stainless steel chain, and a little stainless steel chainmaile were just the things to finish the piece off.
And for the curious, please do feel free to check out Lightning Spliced by Zellie Blake, her only completed novel. To this day, all profits go to the American Cancer Society.
(For Sale. One half of the profit will be donated directly to the American Cancer Society.)
Yeah, the moment I saw the centerpiece I had to have it. The rest was acquired later. In service to the theme, you know? And, shocker, that theme is 1980s-adjacent.
I just needed to do something different, and the combination of colors was obviously a draw for me. Very bright, very much not subtle, very fun, and as tempted as I am to keep it... well, material world etc.
I needed a mini-break from building the enormous and all-consuming yearly chocobo, so I picked up a few beads I had laying around, some cord, and one of the gorgeous heated and dyed agate pendants along with a swivel bail so it's easy to show off both sides I've had hoarded for a little bit. A two-day project in the middle of a ???WEEKS??? bout of madness. Yes, good.
I was mostly focused on using materials I'd been storing and not using for... a long while. The centerpiece is a glass jewel I've had waiting for a use for a couple of years at least, and the pink dyed quartz beads are from far longer ago. The string itself... eh, somewhere between those two extremes. As is the chain. The two glass bead drops at the very bottom are probably from a time even more distant. The clasp itself is gold-plated and... uh, kinda old too. So altogether this was an accomplishment, even if I invested a little more time than I'd planned to. (For Sale)
It all started with the fabric "feathers". I had some scraps and wondered if I couldn't manage to make a couple of different feather shapes and make them look relatively decent. That worked out, I think, and then I... just wanted to try a very different kind of stylized feather with beads... and naturally one can't make pendants without making a necklace, right? Yeah, sure. I had some cotton cord, recently learned the super simple macrame technique, have had these beautiful dark amethyst beads forever... and at the last moment I was handed a gold ring "for artistic uses". So, clearly, I used it. And this happened.