by Tamara Robertson.
(Sarnia, Ontario, Canada)
The starting point for this piece was the beautiful large 1″ long crystal.
It was passed on to me several years ago by a friend who retailed crystal jewellery, but who wasn’t a jewellery artist.
It was an element in a piece of jewellery, but part of the back of the crystal broke off.
She gave it to me in case I could use it somehow.
I immediately decided to coat the broken back area with silver glitter, which I thought gave a pretty artistic look to the crystal.
It then sat with my supplies until recently.
I had placed it beside a few purple feathers, in my box of jewellery bits that were purple-toned, thinking that I might use them with the crystal.
But recently I added a little purple silk scarf to that box, and then I saw what I wanted to do with this piece!
I knotted the scarf, to give a beaded texture to it, and glued the crystal and the feathers to a bit of purple suede, then attached it to the scarf.
I added a few rhinestones for a bit more sparkle.
The rhinestones are actually clear, not golden the way they look in the pictures (I couldn’t figure out how to change the colour of those without altering the rest of the colours so they weren’t accurate).
I realized that the scarf was just the right length to either tie at the back of the neck as a necklace, or tie as a headband.
The crystal focal is slightly to the side either way.
It’s very light-weight and comfortable to wear.
I’m glad to finally have done something with this beautiful crystal!