"Pearl Pod" by Deryn Mentock-Project 5
I'm loving seeing all the beautiful projects you're doing with my summer jewelry making challenge...wow! I know a couple of you have caught up to me so I'll post the next project. This is the fifth project in Mary Hettmansperger's book "Wrap, Stitch, Fold and Rivet". Mary calls it her "Wrapped Beads" necklace. She used sheet metal and encased her beads inside the pod form by drawing a bead on the bottom of her wire, inserting the beads into the pod and wrapping the wire at the top.
Techniques for Project 5:
drawing a bead on wire
forging and texturing sheet metal
applying heat patina
The sheet metal makes a beautiful pod but I wanted to do something different. I lined a piece of metal mesh with fabric, turned the fabric over the edges and wrapped both ends. The beads encased inside are vintage aurora borealis crystals, tiger eye, vintage cotton pearl, Ethiopian copper, moonstone and another vintage crystal.
I forgot to heat treat my copper mesh for color and didn't think of it until after the whole pod was assembled...too late! It would have damaged the beads to take a torch to them at that point so I darkened the mesh a little with a Galaxy black pen and wiped it off immediately. Perfect!
I wanted a very simple, sleek look for the necklace part of this piece so it wouldn't detract from the pod so I used another piece of Number One's discarded guitar wire...I love that stuff! I tied it together by using the same vintage cotton pearls on the necklace that I used in the pod. These "pearls" are so nostalgic for me! I remember my grandmother having these. They're made from the same type of spun cotton that vintage Christmas figurines and ornaments were made of and covered with a pearl coating. They're very unique now and a bit hard to find.
A little brass ball chain added to the back and it's finished. This is a different type piece than I normally make but I really love it and will be experimenting with the pod form. I see a lot of possibilities for using all kinds of different materials in this project. I can't wait to see what you all do with it!