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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Tale of Two Pendants

Continuing with my experiments in chaos, I tried another larger nest with more wire. I had a grand idea that bismuth would look real cool in a nest with all its the sharp, metallic angles. My reasoning was that the bright angular bismuth would stand in sharp contrast to the darkened, curled nest of copper. I was wrong. Very wrong.

See for yourself. :) Sometimes, grand ideas just don't work out the way you thought they would.






However, all was not lost because I was able to cut the bismuth out without destroying anything. I was then lucky enough to find a cab of turquoise (reconstituted) that fit perfectly. Now, THAT'S what I call contrast! Much better, now!






A couple more pictures of the bismuth since apparently its not as ugly as I had originally thought. :)




10 comments:

  1. I do like the bismut version, because it is so unusual, but I see your point. The contrast and shape of the turquoise goes better with the overall shape.
    Though now I am very very curious to see what you consider a good wrapping for that gorgeous bismut piece!

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  2. I too like the bismut version and want to see what you end up making with it. Was it so very wrong??? Great save of your wire work being able to the bismut out. The Turquoise cab makes for a calmer? looking whole.
    Well Done!

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  3. I know we are supposed to say it's horrible, but it's really not that bad!! The focal is strong and the balance is still there. You could sell this and not feel bad.

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  4. Christine, "calmer" was exactly the word that came to my mind.

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  5. Renate- I'm glad you see what I mean. I was so torn about this piece that I took a lot of pictures of the bismuth piece. On one level, I was real happy with it, but it was just not what I was after.

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  6. Christine- Thanks! I think that it was just not what I was expecting. I was so disappointed by the outcome. I envisioned something very different. I think it was the strong metallics competing against each other that did it for me. I didn't take that in to account before I made it. You can't tell by the pictures, but they really clashed. I do have other plans for the bismuth, though :)

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  7. Mary, you made me laugh. :) That was very good of you to say and reminded me that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I have made more than a few that I wasn't thrilled with, that ended up selling real well. Thanks :)

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  8. Renate! You inadvertently pointed it out to me that I was playing it safe! And here I thought I was trying to live a little more dangerously. LOL!

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  9. I have to admit that I like the turquoise version better! I would like to see that beautiful bismuth in a less "cluttered" setting. Can't wait to see what you come up with for it!
    Kathy

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  10. Hi Kathy and thank you :) I'm hoping to start work on the new bismuth piece tomorrow or the next day.

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