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  • Hot Air Balloon

    Introducing my new Hot Air Balloon!

    This pieces was inspired by the Paspaley Lavalier collection featured in NatGeo's Secret Life of Pearls, and this fabulous design has been loved and shared in various P-G threads as well.

    The end result turned out better than I ever imagined, but it also took many trial & error to get there!

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    Initially I was a bit hesitant to start this project because I knew it wasn’t going to be so straight forward. I started with some concept testings.

    Drawing from my Foko/Faux Yoko necklace, I started with the weaving method. Testing it on a larger sized (22mm) Larimar ball. After a little while I scratched it since it would be a bit too hard to manage on a smaller sized pearl (if I only had a 20+mm pearl!).

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    • #3
      Then I moved onward to chains and wires. Tested out some chains and proportions ended up being all wrong. What worked in the end was a straight forward wiring. You can see some carnage of failed experiments in the background.

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      After constructing the “basket”, I used an eye pin to create a loop at the bottom of the pearl which sticks out from the basket, create stabilization and provide a loop for attaching tassels.

      The Lavalier’s tassels were a bit simpler, but I wanted to try JerseyPearl’s gemstone tassel. I made a smaller version and wanted a shorter chubbier tassel.

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      • #4
        It is finally done – again my eyes and hands hate me right now, and I probably will not make another one. I’m going to bed with an ice pack on my eyes after I make this posting.

        I will wear this both as a pendant/enhancer, and also as a tassel unit! Will post neck shots over the next few days.
        And Happy Mother’s Day everyone!!!

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        • #5
          That is very cool!!!

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          • #6
            Purrannha you are so talented, this piece is absolutely incredible and gorgeous. I've loved the Paspaley Lavalier collection forever, would love to have one of my own one day.

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            • #7
              So lovely, Purranha, excellent work!!! We can count on you to continue to awe and inspire us with your innovative creations!

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              • #8
                Looks very complicated to accomplish, well done Purranha!

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                • #9
                  Wow, amazing, Purranha!

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                  • #10
                    Wow, that came out really well! I love how you created the basket for this piece. It really looks better, in my opinion, than the original inspiration...much more wearable. And your tassel looks great! Did you use sterling wire? and what gauge? Also are those rhodolite stones? So pretty with that big pearl. Your seed pearl weaving construction looks great with that stone...I hope you finish it. Maybe a chain tassel would look nice, or one with seed pearls. I am very impressed...and a little faint.
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                    • #11
                      Unique design, thanks for sharing.

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                      • #12
                        You amaze me! ♡♡♡

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                        • #13
                          Woah. . That's pretty amazing job you've done there.

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                          • #14
                            Great job! Such tidy wire work. I love how you designed your basket.
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                            • #15
                              Woah! I'm super duper impressed! Looks fantastic.

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