(CC0144) bohemian rhapsody, chainmaille, chain mail, Swarovski, rose montees, silver, washers, European 4 in 1, Euro 4in1, necklace
A luxurious and ecstatic contemporary necklace for the free spirited in celebration of rapturous joy and life. It captures movement,delightful jingle bells, and the incomparable sparkle that only Swarovski can give.
This was inspired by the YOJ (Year of Jewellery contest at Australia's Beading Forum), the theme of which was "Bohemian Rhapsody".
Bohemian Rhapsody put 3 different main ideas in my mind:
1) music: The music part is represented by the many free swinging bells
Also, bohemian is also closely aligned with "gypsy" and for me .. gypsies have a lot of bling, sound, and color. So the bling is in the bicones as well as the closely packed row of Swarovski rose montees .. super bling esp by night.
The central rings-and-washers is my adaptation of a standard Euro4in1 chainmaille. I made the chain to go with it.
That's my Bohemian Rhapsody!!!
* All silver findings in Brass (silver plated, lead free, nickle free) - anti-allergenic.
I have taken a lot of pictures for this piece to help me document (and remember) the construction which is made in various parts.
The chainmail section is done with washers and strong silver plated (brass) jump rings. This is a standard European 4 in 1 weave. folded over and secured with jumprings in alternating colors (colorful then silver then colorful, etc.). Bicones are attached via invisible beading thread (or fishing line, also called crystal wire).
Jump rings (mw) - are 7mm outer diameter and 1.2mm wire gauge (about 16 ga).
Most of the other important construction notes are as per photos.
hl xmas 2010
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