Obviously, I couldn't turn away from this challenge and said, "YES!" Therese was generous enough to give us lots and lots of time for this challenge. So I was able to ponder it for many months. Unfortunately in those many months, I didn't take a before picture of the face she sent me. Instead, I studied it. In that face I saw care, concern, wisdom, gentle-ness, and love. I saw Mother Nature, and that's what I attempted to make.
The other ladies participating in this challenge have some mad seed-bead skills, and I'm sure they've woven intricate details around their faces. Me? I played with moss and resin. The actual base to the pendant is a lid from a baby-food jar that I layered with Vintaj Patinas.
On the inside of it is some fluffy moss that I glued in with resin. I kept the resin coating at the bottom of the 'bezel' so as to not make the moss shiny and wet-looking. The face is attached with epoxy jewelry resin. Of course, you can't really see those details unless you look real hard.
For the necklace, I wanted to keep it simple. I had intended to just make a chain of the green seed beads and tiny wood tubes, but the hubby suggested that I add a few accent beads to give it some interest there too. I sorted through most of my stash before realizing that these Gaea ceramic beads were a perfect fit.
Between the face, metal lid, and resins; the pendant is a little heavy. With that in mind, I made sure to make the chain fairly short so there's not additional strain on the neck. I'm talking like it weighs 50 pounds or something. It totally doesn't, and I probably just over-thought that too.
This challenge really give me a chance to step outside my usual materials and play with a variety of ideas. I can't wait to see what the other artists did with theirs. Here's the list of them so you can hop over and see what they created as well.
Therese (our hostess)
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Thank you so much Therese for letting me participate in this round of She-made/She-made. It's been a definite growing experience.