Friday, August 1, 2008

collaboration necklace- my turn



At long last my portion of the Gaea collaboration necklace is completed and ready to mail to the next contributor. Since the neck chains have already come together very nicely, I wanted to do something a little different and add some more dangles to the bottom. The vintage key, lovely as it is, was calling out for some companions to clank against. So, I added a few. A length of brass was soldered to a small silver link on both ends. To that I added a faceted green garnet drop. With a small tag of sterling silver, I stamped "love you xo" to accent the heart on Gaea's cute focal pendant. Sandwiched between the two dangles- a pretty freshwater pearl with some links above for shine.



Voila! The full necklace, ready for packaging and shipment to Lynn tomorrow. Sorry it's taken me so long to get the you-know-what out of you-know-where...


Another close up...

10:15 p.m. and we are just grilling fish on the patio. Beans are simmering on the stove. Mango is sleeping (snoring to boot) next to me on the bar.

I've been out of sorts the last few days. Anxiety has caught up to me again. For those of you who don't know me well, I have battled panic disorder for years. Some days my heart runs marathons. It's scary, even after hundreds of episodes, and wears me out after a particularly strong attack. I don't know what causes it. It strikes indiscriminately, often in the middle of night from a dead sleep. For this I take medicine and embrace holistic therapies. But sometimes, as lately, I'm still left flailing around, heart thrashing, convinced my next straggled breath is my last. Whew! I am lucky to have a supportive husband and many crafty therapies that all contribute to keep my sanity mostly in check.

This project really jump started me back into making jewelry after a lull of several weeks due to travel and the above mentioned problem. So I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope the eventual recipient wears it in good health and happiness.

10 comments:

Lorelei said...

WOW!
It looks amazing Jennifer! I love what you've done. Perfect! Who's next??

Gaea said...

It looks awesome! I was hoping we could auction it and donate the money to a charity. I have a few that I am fond of... We may have to have a vote! The necklace looks great! I'm so sorry to hear about your panic attacks! I thought I was having them and would wake up with a racing heart or even mid day. Turned out I was having too much caffeine. I could only hope that was the trouble with everyone.

Gaea said...

Oh! LLYYNN is up next!

maryharding said...

I love your additions to the necklace. So unique and they fit in so well with the theme. I love the way you crafted them. I too am sorry to hear about your panic attacks. I hope they go away soon.

Jennifer Stumpf said...

thanks girls! i'm glad you like the additions.
really the panic attacks are a fact of life, i've had them for so long. maybe someday they'll vanish just as they suddenly appeared, i hope! for now, i have to admit i'm a pill popper, but it works. =)

somethingsublime said...

Sorry to hear about the anxiety disorder. I know it must be incredibly difficult. Pretty necklace you're working on!

Mary Newton Designs said...

Hi, Jennifer

Just wanted to say I understand your situation because I've been there, too. I have clinical depression for which I've taken medication for over15 years. It works but I still have to be vigilant not to get down. I suffered panic attacks over the years and know how they come out of nowhere. Hang in there, I think your art can help you, but you have to take care of yourself.

Your additions to the necklace are great. Love to see your creations.

Mary

Jennifer Stumpf said...

thank you, mary! i'm lucky to have lots of support, personally and artistically. thanks for stopping by my blog!

LLYYNN said...

I got the package today, now I'm staring at the work-in-progress to let it speak to me about what it wants next ... Gotta tell you, it's pretty nifty already, you designer types are very gifted

Gaea said...

I'm so excited! You are the last to have the necklace so you get to finish it up! Can't wait to see! Let us know so we can link to you!