Artchain (nonconsecutive) day 4 – I was nominated to post an item of artwork a day for 5 days, and to nominate others…
This necklace is another “failed” attempt. Made with Baltic amber cabochons, vintage Italian bronze & sterling silver plated seed beads, tons of swarovski, amber, topaz, citrine & Bali silver beads in 2001. I was unhappy with the neckline, and kept ripping it apart to redo (beadworkers call this “rippit stitch” 😉 ). I was so tired of fighting with the neckline that I let it sit unfinished until 2011. Even then, I was wary because I knew that it would only drape properly on a well endowed woman. I decided that it was time to let it go and move on. I listed it for sale – including the information about who/how it would fit – and received an inquiry within a week.
The woman who bought had been looking for an amber statement necklace for some time, and she had a very specific concept for it. This piece connected *perfectly* to her personal mythos (too personal to share, but trust me — perfect match). When she sent me the picture of her wearing it, I knew that it was truly made for her.
I find that intricate beadwork often sells more slowly than simpler/faster crafts, but when those pieces do sell, they seem to go to the exact right person… as if the piece was just waiting for that person to find it.