In my Creative Space last Thursday evening I blogged about the beginnings of my entry to the Etsy Beadweavers June Challenge. I worked like mad to get it ready in time because I only started it on that day and it had to be submitted by the 5th of June. I realised late on Thursday that the 5th was actually Saturday not Friday so thankfully I had a few extra hours to work on it!
Even though I promised myself that I wouldn’t be undoing any work, that is precisely what I did to the first rivoli. On looking again at the rivoli I showed in my blogpost on Thursday I thought it would look better with a slightly larger and more rounded black area, to show a bigger shadow of the moon on the sun.
It’s a small difference, but to me it was worth the work, I’m happier with the amended version!
I needed three rivoli, showing the sun in different stages of the eclipse.
Each Swarovski rivoli is captured in tiny beads before being embellished with more Swarovski crystals. The innermost beads are tiny 15/0 and the needle has to be really thin to go through the beads with more than one thread pass.
I tried to encompass the entire experience of a solar eclipse in this necklace. The challenge was to “try to remember one Phenomenon that amazed you the most and transfer it to amazing beaded jewelry”.
I mentally went back to 11th August 1999, the first and only time I witnessed a total eclipse of the sun. It started at just before 11.30am and lasted almost 3 hours in all. For the most part there wasn’t much to see, but the day grew increasingly grey and drab. Then as the moon covered more and more of the sun, the sounds around us changed, the birds sensed a change and at the moment the moon covered the sun completely we were plunged in near darkness and we could even see major stars and planets in the sky. The strangest thing was the irrational momentary fear that gripped me, even though I knew exactly what was happening it was as though some instinct was taking over. At that moment I was awed by the whole event.
The dark sky and stars are depicted in the neckband, which is beadwoven in black seed beads with a scattering of Czech glass beads. The bail connecting the rivoli crystals to the neckband was worked in black seed beads of different sizes.
The finished necklace, completely handmade one bead at a time with Swarovski crystals, Japanese seed beads, Czech Glass Beads, Fireline high strength thread, a lot of thought in the design and care in the execution.
The voting is open between the 9th and the 15th June 2010. Head over to the Beadweavers Blog to see all the entries and cast your vote! Voting is open to everyone. See the entries by clicking on the links below the mosaic, then vote for your favourite by choosing from the list on the right hand side on the blog and clicking on Vote. If you’d like to vote for this necklace please select No.25!
‘Devouring The Sun’ is available here.