Other shiny neck things, yay!
Brass chain with a patina, antiqued wire made into the catch... and dyed brass bits. I got the idea from Winter Rose Designs--alcohol ink on brass. The result really is amazing and vibrant... and stays on fingers for some time. Ahem. The morning glories themselves were then coated with a bit of iridescent pigment mixed in with varnish, because I wanted them to stand out more. Ta-da! In all, I'm definitely pleased with the way this came out.
A promise is a promise, even if it's from a force rather than a person. I will not rest until the sky falls down around me...
Do enlarge this. The sheer amount of color is incredibly worthwhile. No, really. I have no idea why this came to be, exactly. Too many chocobos, not enough cutting myself with wire? Anyway, it just kind of happened. All wire is sterling silver. That gorgeous bottom bead is blue tiger's eye/hawk's eye, the top bead is dichroic glass, and the middle bead off to the left there is liquid crystal. Color-changing. Otherwise known as a "mood bead"; it changes color with temperature. Because my body temperature is lower than most people and clearly I must be a lizard, it's pretty much always blue when I touch it. It shifts into greens, purples, and even sunset golds and rusts. That little "flare" below it is a starburst of Swarovski crystals, but of course. All of the other beads are glass.
As for the title, it's a lyric from "Want" by Recoil. A very... personal song, you could say.
I saw a painted shell at the craft store, in greyscale. This is basically what I actually saw in the shell when I first looked at it--and found out after I bought it that it was supposed to be a parrot. ...I wanted it to be a very stylized peacock, and so here we are. A real shell painted with vibrant red, green and copper iridescent pigment mixed into high gloss varnish for a super-shiny effect.
As for the necklace itself, it's a semi-shiny strand of yarn mixed with a "fuzzy" strand, both crocheted together. Soft and comfy and stretchy, and adjustable.
It's said that Lady Luck is remarkably fickle. One moment she's smiling at you with her hand resting on your shoulder, and the next she's pushing you away in disgust. It's not known exactly how one goes about getting Lady Luck to look one's way, but maybe something devastatingly sparkly is the way to her fickle heart.
The color combination of red, black and copper was suggested to me recently, and while I can't blame the suggester, I hope he won't mind me thanking him a little bit. *grin* I'd actually set out to make a simple necklace. Again. I failed so hard at that. 51 Swarovski crystals, a few seed beads, and the typically insane urge to make little tiny links out of thin copper wire. Yeah, that's all me. All mine. I'm going to take a couple of days off now, thank you.