Back when I started creating jewelry pieces, walking into the jewelry section at Michaels was overwhelming. I began with so many great ideas in my head, but when I stared at the supplies, beads, and tools available to me, my mind went absolutely blank!! Always being one with a “frugal” nature, I started to dig through the marked down bins. I spotted a pendant with a beautiful earth toned moth. I have always been someone that finds and loves beauty in the nontraditional sense. I fell in love with this pendant. I loved that it was a moth as apposed to a brightly colored beautiful butterfly. Staring at this pendant, I saw in my mind what I wanted it to become. A double layered long necklace. I began working on it at once. Over the course of the past seven months, I could never steer this project of mine away from disaster. No matter how hard I tried or how much I changed things, the moth pendant necklace was an epic fail. It was lop-sided. The twisted seed bead layer never stayed twisted. In fact, once when I was trying to fix it, more than half of the teeny and tiny seed beads fell off. I don’t have a bead-spinning stringer so they were all added by hand. I actually teared up when that happened. There were also strings and wires poking out all over the necklace. I did not know how to properly add a clasp.
When we moved from one side of town to the other, I never pulled the necklace back out. I just gave up on it. I found it the other day and thought. OK, it’s been a while and I am better at this craft. Maybe I should try again. I started working on it. I restrung the whole necklace and learned how to properly attach a clasp. Slowly as I worked on it, the piece began to come together. My excitement for my project reignited and I smiled while I worked on it. I even did a couple “happy wiggles” in my seat! Once it was done, I couldn’t stop staring at it. It was EXACTLY what I pictured the very first time I held that moth pendant in my hands. I am extremely happy with how it came out. So happy, I am not sure I can part with it now, but it was always meant to go into my Etsy shop. Perhaps I can make another one. This necklace is my first beaded double layered seed bead twisted piece.
It is interesting that the whole process of this necklace was metamorphosis. Just like the journey my beautiful moth went through. I looked up the species and I believe the moth is a Gymnoscelis Rufifasciata, or more commonly known as a Double Striped Pug Moth.
I need a better picture of the full necklace. Especially if I do add this to my AliLilly Etsy Shop. This will have to do for now. I will build myself a better photo box later.
I am linking up to these awesome parties!
First you will need:
- 1 pound ground turkey or beef (I use ground turkey)
- 12 oz of ricotta cheese
- 1 egg
- 8 oz of mozzarella cheese
- 1 jar or can of any flavor spaghetti sauce (I use Hunts chunky vegetable)
- salt (I use sea salt)
- black pepper (I use a black pepper grinder)
- 1/2 cup of grated parmaesan cheese
- 2 tbsp crushed basil
- 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 1 lb pasta (I used tri colored rotini for this batch but ziti and penne work great too. You can really use any kind you like)