The pieces in the photo – a paternoster and Roman-style necklace and earrings – are off to be part of a largesse basket for Lochac at Pennsic. My Princess asked me to help with this, and while I can’t be there, this is the second year in a row that I’ve done something for the largesse basket coming from Calontir. It’s an honour to be asked to do this.
The details of the pieces are as such: the paternoster is strung on silk, with the aves made with 8mm Swarovski pearls, the gauds made with 10mm red glass, and a tassel hand made with silk. I am not particularly fond of using imitation pearls, as I feel they’re too perfect, however, these Swarovski pearls have a similar weight to the real thing, and at a fraction of the cost, it was worth using them.
The necklace I used sodalite, freshwater pearls, coral, plated spacer beads, and a handmade hook and eye clasp, using 18 ga brass wire. The matching earrings use sodalite, plated spacer beads, and fancy headpins on shepherd hooks. If I had a jig, and the right sort of wire, I would have probably made the hooks myself – but that’s neither here nor there.
So, this gets mailed off today to the largesse coordinator, as I will not be able to attend Pennsic, but for the second year in a row, my stuff will.