Flotsam and Jetsam Necklace

Hi all,

I've been terrible about updating my blog, but I've been busy making all kinds of jewelry! I plan to blitz this blog on my latest creations of the summer.

First up, is a fun necklace using a patina product called, Swellegant. I used it on several brass components to make a fun sea-themed statement necklace.

Brass necklace blank, starfish, shells, octopus, crab, seahorse, mermaid and other interesting bits that all needed to be together. The blank, seashells, starfish and bezel had a fresh coat of Swellegant brushed on the surface.

Brass necklace blank, starfish, shells, octopus, crab, seahorse, mermaid and other interesting bits that all needed to be together. The blank, seashells, starfish and bezel had a fresh coat of Swellegant brushed on the surface.

After about an hour or two, you can really see the transformation!

After about an hour or two, you can really see the transformation!

Once the pieces were dry, I started playing with placement. I had originally intended to use the mermaid cameo, but she was too "muddy" and blended too much with all the other elements in the collage. I needed something with more pop. I was also pulling pearl and stone beads that would make a nice compliment to the metal pieces.

Once the pieces were dry, I started playing with placement. I had originally intended to use the mermaid cameo, but she was too "muddy" and blended too much with all the other elements in the collage. I needed something with more pop. I was also pulling pearl and stone beads that would make a nice compliment to the metal pieces.

Some more elements added including some fabulous round cabochons from Blu Mudd. The honey-rich amber color was just the right combination to go with all the murky green patinas. I added a resined seashell that added to the warmth. 

Some more elements added including some fabulous round cabochons from Blu Mudd. The honey-rich amber color was just the right combination to go with all the murky green patinas. I added a resined seashell that added to the warmth. 

Mermaid was replaced with brass shell and all major pieces were secured to brass necklace blank  

Mermaid was replaced with brass shell and all major pieces were secured to brass necklace blank

 

Cabochons and pearls are added

Cabochons and pearls are added

Final piece. I added bookchain and decided against using any other bead other than the bronze pearls dotted around and attached at the ends. Festooned rolo chain completes the look. I'm really proud of this one.

Final piece. I added bookchain and decided against using any other bead other than the bronze pearls dotted around and attached at the ends. Festooned rolo chain completes the look. I'm really proud of this one.