Thursday, August 29, 2013

Primal Pods

 Inspired by jewelry styles of antiquity, I attempted to achieve tubular shapes in tatting for the main motif of this necklace. They seemed to resemble pods or seeds to me, and since I was aiming for a primitive look, the title of "Primal Pods" seems appropriate for this design.

The dangling long beads at the bottom are held in place with Loop Tatted Rings. 11Frivole has made a very good video to show how to do the Loop Tatted Ring.

The rest of the necklace used techniques such as a bead inside a ring, Josephine Chains, and I also encircled a ring around a chain. To tat a ring that encircles a previously tatted chain you need to plan for it by wrapping the thread around the chain twice before winding the shuttle. Similar to the way that I put a ring around a metal split ring jewelry finding before I discovered split ring pliers - and of course the pliers can't be used in this instance.

All in all, it seems that to make tatting look "primitive" some highly sophisticated techniques need to be used. But, I enjoyed the practice, and I'm pleased with how the design turned out. It's not a style that will appeal to everyone, but it's definitely unique.

13 comments:

God's Kid said...

Very nice and it does look tribal!! :)

Aurelie Carba said...

oh original !!

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I am always amazed by your creativity! You've tatted another gorgeous piece of jewelry!

Margarets designer cards said...

Lovely necklace, I like not only the colours but the design, brilliant pattern.
Margaret

GraceT said...

Wow. I like it! And I like those cool and unusual techniques you used to achieve your effects. You've taken tatted jewellery to new frontiers!

Madtatter80 said...

This looks great for Thanksgiving and even casual clothes, I like how you made adjustable size for this. I will have to check out the loop thing as well. Now how do I try it on :)

Jane McLellan said...

Splendid!

Phyllis said...

Beautiful!

Marilee Rockley said...

Thanks, everyone! I really didn't think many people would like this one.

Elenita Rivera said...

Love it! Great work

sylvie sainsardos said...

You said in your post that you don't think this will appeal to everyone but it DOES appeal to me! This necklace is amazing. Well done!!

Wanda Salmans said...

A very interesting look. Pretty cool! I love the way the 'chain' attaches to the pods.

Kristen said...

Gorgeous! Very eye-catching!