Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Purple Blue Disk Beaded Necklace Pearl


Hoppy Taw
Yeah, that's what I named this polymer clay piece featuring my kaleidoscope canes on large cookie shaped disk beads.
The Hoppy Taw was a staple of my childhood. No self respecting 3rd grader ever played hopscotch at school without a Hoppy Taw of one's own. They seemed to be magical and could make you stand on one leg a lot longer. This silly thick rubber disk was some marketing genius's bread and butter. In fact, it wasn't until a couple years ago that I even checked to see if it was really called a Hoppy Taw or if that was some misheard lyric type situation of childhood. It was in fact called just that.
When I created these disks, that was the first thing that came to mind. They are large, colorful and can probably make you stand on one leg longer than anyone else.
Each disk has been double drilled and hand sanded smooth and had a light coat of varnish added for some shine.
The potato pearls both between the beads and hand wrapped on the chain have been dyed to an iridescent blue and purple which is one of my favourite colour combination.
I merged the sets of cable into a single strand and loaded it up with delicas, plated chain and wire wrapped additional potato pearls and Czech glass beads.
The clasp is a pewter rose and the ends have been double crimped and double crimp covered. I used E6000 cement on the crimps and covers to secure the ends.
This has been designed to curve and will automatically do that when you wear it. The length is a comfortable 24 inches.
It is a lightweight piece but it does have a bit of bulk to it due to the size of the disks.
©jcleveland

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