Thus grew the tale of Wonderland
Thus slowly, one by one,
Its quaint events were hammered out-
And now the tale is done,
And home we steer a merry crew,
Beneath the setting sun."
Stay with me. I want to show you a necklace that involves beading, Alice in Wonderland, and a "sleeve."
A sleeve is an armful of tatoo. The ENTIRE arm, usually from shoulder to wrist. This must seem like random information but it is pertinent because I have a beautiful niece (Samantha, an animal welfare technician for a humane society) with an Alice in Wonderland sleeve. Here is how it looked after her first session with the needle. Her bravery is vastly superior to my own!
Do you see Alice, the cards, the catepillar and his hookah, and the edge of the white rabbit?
About this time, when the sleeve was in this stage, I found a cabochon from Sandy Spivey with Alice imagery. I thought it would be perfect for Samantha, and bought it.
Now unfortunately, this particular imagery is by a different artist than Sam's sleeve. This is a Arthur Rackham illustration, in my opinion, among his best. Her sleeve uses the illustrations of Sir John Tenniel. Lots of different artists have taken on the illustration work, including Salvador Dali, but the Tenniel ones are more popular and familar to most people. I worried that she might consider this a clash, (of style or maybe values) but finally this fall, decided that I would make it up for her and let her decide if it was wearable.
I wanted to honor the barely colorized, sepia look of the cab, so chose muted colors from the cab itself.
I used a delicate matte gold 24k delica in the bezel and some hints of pink and bronze, with a dab of Miyuki Baroque pearls in the surrounding embellishment and the stringing. I really enjoyed working with the superduos at the edge, but every effort I made with them in the yoke was very rigid and unpleasantly inflexible, so I finally decided that a strung yoke was the best way to encorporate everything I wanted .
I have to admit, I have lost track of the number of piercings in Samantha's ears, but I felt that two earrings would fill at least some of them, if she wanted to wear them, and bravely wire-wrapped cherry quartz points to suit the purpose.
Now, the sleeve is, I believe, complete and really pretty awesome. It has super vibrant color, which my work lacks.
If I get really lucky, some day, perhaps Sam will model the necklace for me and send me a picture!