we dance?" were probably Fred Astaire's most favorite three
words! I have always considered Mr. Astaire (1899 - 1987) to
be the best dancer that I have ever had the pleasure of watching.
A dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor, his career
lasted over 75 years! His dancing partners were many, including
his sister, Adele, but the most famous partnership was with the
beautiful Ginger Rodgers. These two amazing performers dazzled
audiences with their charisma and chemistry on stage and film,
and of course, they're incredible dancing.
As I was designing
this necklace, and working on the netted cording, I kept thinking
that the technique was like dancing, around and around, and in
perfect harmony with the materials. It didn't hurt that I was
watching Holiday Inn (1942)!
The pendant consists
of two bezeled CZ's that are zippered together and connected
to a beaded bail. The focal point is a dramatic 20mm trillion
CZ, which is bezeled in netting and sitting on a tubular netted
ring. The trillion is then connected to an oval CZ and a beaded
ring. Two flat circular discs, that are embellished with cup
chain, and two round CZ's then flank the pendant. A tubular netting
technique encloses 2mm fire polish beads for a beautiful and
flexible rope-style necklace, ending in two beaded buttons and
a connector loop.
When a plan comes
together, beautifully, it does make you feel like doing the happy
dance, so "Shall We Dance?"
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced.
The student should be comfortable with netting and peyote stitch.