The final steps before attaching the clasp are the measurements. With all necklaces to cover scars we need to adjust our measurements from the standard industry lengths. For a choker necklace this would be about 16", but our customers usually need the necklace to sit higher around the neck than at shoulder as do store bought ones. Many ready made ones offer the option of being made bigger but none or few allow being made smaller. All neck sizes differ so that is why we make them slightly smaller as well as offering custom sizing at no extra charge.
When we have the size of the beads part (if they are not going all around the neck) then we calculate the lengths of chain required to the clasp
Once the calculations are done we are ready for the clasp and extension chain which will adjust the necklace to the perfect fit to cover the neck or throat scar.
I had to discard the large Rose Quartz Crystal square because when I put it under the magnifying light I use to make the necklaces, I saw that it was faulty with the string hole having a grey tinge which went the whole way through the bead. Nothing I did with my usual cleaning materials would remove this. I presume during the making process the drill piece or whatever they use to make holes in beads, had a grey residue on it which adhered to the rough center of the bead.
It is barely noticeable unless magnified but it a fault all the same. I like all our pieces to be flaw free as much as we are able.
So instead I used the Rose Quartz Heart as the centerpiece of the necklace and have to admit that I in fact like it better than the square one. From this photo you will also see that I have chosen to use diamante spacers.
Tomorrow I will show you the finished product.
I think I will use the three large square Rose Quartz Crystals, some of the large pearls and perhaps I will see how they look with some silver colored chains. But first I have to create a design for the beads
I think this will work fine. so I try it out on my production board
But its lacking something. I should choose some spacers from my stock to put between the beads.
More tomorrow in my next post.
I actually do not start the design process with knowing what type of scar I propose the necklace to cover. I start with the stones or beads and wait for an inspiration. Wait is probably a bit of an exaggeration because it all flows fairly easily.. I have a large stock of different types of beads and gemstones as well as buying others all the time. But today I have gathered some beads together to see what inspires me for our next necklace.
I have a large square Rose Quartz Crystal, and two smaller squares of the same gemstone. There is also a heart shaped Rose Quartz Crystal, a silver star, some large white recycled pearls, some silver lattice beads and some diamante spacers. I dont propose using them all, it all depends of the design. In my next post I will show you the design I have drawn and the progression to make these into a necklace
Many people ask where I get the varied inspirations for designing the necklaces. How can I get the measurements just right to cover all the individual scars? Well, I am lucky in a way in that I personally have a scar from aortic valve surgery, so I know how open heart surgery scars usually look like. Mine is very straight so I am fortunate my surgeon had a steady hand, but many people tell me that their's curves and this can be more frustrating because a straight drop from the neckline will not work if it is too narrow in width. With neck scars it is somewhat easier if the scar goes around the neck. Most are at the base of the neck but many, I have found, go also from higher up and often in a vertical as well. The hardest I ever did was for a back scar. Although it ran down the spine, it was long and not hairline by any means. We always ask for measurements and often photographs on those scars which are less than ordinary, if that is the right description. Once we have all those in place then the designing starts. I will carry on the blog over several days and tell you where I go from there with the designing and exact fit process.
This necklace is called Misha. It is made from mother of pearl discs and tiny white pearl spacers
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