I wanted my version to have an Egyptian theme, and used ankh charms for a similar spiky effect, only with tiny crystal beads and a thinner chain.
I was enthusiastic when I started this necklace, but I kept messing up! I wired the lapis lazuli beads down the middle, thinking that it would pull the necklace down into more of a V-shape. Well, it didn’t work. Arrgh!
My bad, for not bothering to test it first. I just assumed the lapis would be heavy enough. But then I had to do the (time-consuming) clasp assembly twice because I kept getting the order of the chains wrong; first on one side, then wrong again on the other. I was so careful and yet somehow the chains kept getting scrambled.
It’s not that I don’t like asymmetry — especially on other people’s work — and especially when it has a quirky, modern feel. I love that! I definitely admire the way RB’s necklace works. But when I try asymmetrical arrangements in my own designs, I almost always dislike the results. Symmetry soothes me — maybe because I’m old-fashioned, maybe because I’m a Libra. (Who knows.)
Well, I’m glad it’s finished, and I think I like it all right. Guess I’ll add it to my Etsy store this weekend. It’s not the design I originally had in mind, but I do like the way the brass looks with the dark blue lapis lazuli and the little dots of crystal. Still, I definitely want to try another version some day, maybe when I have some heavier lapis lazuli beads on hand.