Type of item: Accessory
Style: Romantic, Whimsical, Cute
Wire, bird charms, glass flowers, crystals, headpins, chain, toggle clasp
What was your inspiration?
I saw a bird's nest necklace in a magazine and thought, "I wonder if I can do that?" After a bit of searching on various websites and close scrutiny of pictures, I thought I'd give it a shot. This is just one of many designs of my bird's nest necklaces.
What are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of the fact that even when a project frustrates me (the wire doesn't cooperate, for example), I've learned to work with the materials instead of against them.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Play with the materials! Different 'eggs' will yield different results. I've used freshwater pearls in this necklace. That required a thinner wire than what I'd used before. Round 4mm beads also work well. Take the inspiration piece and make it your own, though. Don't outright copy... put yourself and your "twist" on the piece! (It will mean more to you!)