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Necklace set with pewter pond pendant and lotus connectors, mid-century lime green foil on black oval glass beads
On the Pond — Some outdoor adventures are in your own backyard! (see How It's Made)
Artisan (Green Girl Studios) lead-free pewter pond pendant with Rumi quote on reverse and lotus link connectors.
Vintage glass beads: mid-century Japanese lime green foil on black 14x9mm ovals; pale green crackle glass 8mm rounds; ruby red 5mm rounds.
Antique sherry red silver-lined seed beads.
Sterling silver: filagree toggle clasp, flower earwires, artisan crimp cover; findings.
Doubled strand 19-strand "Silver Color" beading wire.
Necklace length/weight: 20"+2.5" pendant/2 oz.
- My work is offered as necklace/earring sets (demi-parure). If you don't wear earrings, the earring pairs make lovely gifts.
- I work with artisan and other beautifully designed toggles and clasps. Helpful hint: Practice hooking and unhooking the clasp; visualize this while doing so without looking.
- Please take care to avoid knocking or dropping beads against hard surfaces. Many beads I use (glass, ceramic, etc.) are breakable.
- Bead descriptions are based on bead vendor information and the best of my knowledge.
- Colors viewed may differ from actual colors due to device variances.
- Packed in a gift-ready window-lidded tin (anti-tarnish tab enclosed).
Notes on this piece: I found several pond-themed lead-free pewter charm and pendant designs by Green Girl Studios. If you look at the work-in-progress photo you'll see how I initially tried to come up with a design that incorporated all of these, but decided it was too much — many charms and too much weight. I spent a lot of time reworking this design so that the pendant and connectors hang well. The vintage glass beads recall lilypads on pond water (see photo #2).
For the Outdoor Adventures Maker Challenge, I thought about past outdoor adventures — camping with my parents, as a Girl Scout and leading Girl Scouts, hiking with my students through a stream or through the woods, walking mountain and desert trails with family — and about how to portray these adventures with my jewelry. I realized that lot of my outdoor "adventuring" is in our own backyard observing our small pond and waterfall through changing seasons. When the ice melts the tiny mosquitofish ((Gambusia affinis)) reappear, goldfish re-emerge, and in spring the toads begin to sing (sounding like ducks in distress) producing coils of eggs that hatch into thousands of tadpoles. This year two bullfrogs appeared out of nowhere and managed to produce a smattering of much larger tadpoles. There are other occasional visitors — a mallard duck duo, a kingfisher, a roadrunner, hummingbirds splashing in the waterfall. And in summer the tiny toads, pinky nail-sized and only a small fraction of the number of tadpoles, begin to leave the water to explore land. If you're lucky you might see a dragonfly or damselfly larvae emerge or even witness its transformation to maturity. On summer days they flit over the waterlilies, meeting, mating, and glimmering in the sun.
My designs are inspired by the beads, by their color, shape, size and origin.
I’ve been buying/collecting beads for over 20 years, focusing on early and mid-century glass beads, but including semi-precious and other stones, freshwater pearls, contemporary artisan lampwork and ceramic beads. I work with sterling silver, bronze, or copper clasps and use sterling or gold-filled findings.
In my first years of bead jewelry design, I had to see and/or touch the beads to know what I wanted. After years of experience, I can confidently shop online (fortunately, during these times) and have a growing list of “go-to” artisans, vendors, and brands for my supplies.
My design descriptions include a list of “ingredients” used in each design.
Some designs come together quickly and organically. Others are re-worked several times, even if I’ve already attached the clasp with crimp beads and crimp covers and need to completely re-string.
Designs are often “retro-classic” as my OOAK designs are bead-centric with a nod to mid-century costume jewelry, rather than inspired by current fashions in jewelry designs or color trends. Add a pinch of whimsy and my personal take on color palettes.
I work on felted bead boards to calculate the length of each necklace (usually “matinée” length 20-24”) and to hold the beads I’ve selected for my design. Sometimes I change my mind mid-design and put away many of the beads I’ve been working with, then search for or order others. I usually work with 49-strand .018 or .019 gauge bead wire, which allows stringing back under a half-inch or so of beads after the crimp bead and clasp are attached. I work by creating my design on the wire, rather than try to lay out the complete pattern, as it’s important to see how the beads will hang and to pick compatible spacer beads.
I use sterling or gold-filled ear wires and headpins, and often create “mis-matched” earring pairs.
The weight and length of each necklace are listed in case you have a preference for lighter or more substantial pieces. (I enjoy both.)
The name Dark Poet Designs was lifted from my once-upon-a-time one-line resume:
"...wife, mother, Girl Scout leader, bookkeeper (in both senses), dark poet..."
I am a retired elementary school teacher who has been designing bead jewelry for over 20 years. Originally, I hosted in-home studio shows. Over time, teaching and Argentine tango became my focus. I kept creating, but quit marketing my work.
I create necklace/earring sets, earrings, and an occasional bracelet. Each of my designs is one-of-a-kind. I frequently use mid-century vintage glass beads, usually post-war Japanese, German, or Czech. Other materials include semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, crystals, seed beads, glass rondelles, raku or ceramic beads, contemporary artisan-made beads in various media, and sterling silver or bronze beads and clasps.
Thank you for visiting my page. To see some of my past work and browse through some interesting links, visit my website. My work is for sale online exclusively here at goimagine. Some of my work may be seen on Instagram. I'm also on Pinterest and Facebook.
— Karen Reck | Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico
P.S. I haven't written a dark (vampires, ghosts, and demon lovers) poem in several years.
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Time in transit may vary depending on USPS.
Estimated packing/shipping times: 2-5 days.
I will accept returns if you:
- Contact me within 5 days of delivery
- Ship items back within 7 days of delivery
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs.
Item(s) must be returned in their original condition and in original packaging.
Refunds will be issued after I've received your return.
Custom orders cannot be returned or exchanged.
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