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.