I enjoy custom orders. They sometimes stretch my imagination and give me ideas I might not have acted on otherwise.
The request was a freshwater pearl necklace that modeled itself after the faux pearl Chanel necklace where the pearls varied in size.
I avoid designing anything to match another design so my take on the necklace is slightly different than the customer's Chanel necklace...but that is what makes it unique and handcrafted. =)
It's hard to tell in the photo but these have such a gorgeous luster that it's nearly like looking in a mirror.
It's long enough to wear as a single strand or to double up as a choker. It looks so beautiful on my little cousin. I might need to make a similar one for myself. =)
I pre-stretched 100% silk before hand knotting between each pearl. Silk will continue to stretch after being used in a necklace like this but if you pre-stretch it you will not get nearly as many gaps later on.
Knotting pearls is relaxing for me. I don't have to do it at my work desk, I can sit on the couch and work on a board. Plus the result is always so beautiful.