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Egyptian Collar by leopardwolf Egyptian Collar by leopardwolf
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This trinket is by far the most complex piece of jewelry I have ever had the pleasure of creating. From start to finish it took me about three weeks to assemble each individual piece to make the whole. It probably wouldn’t have taken as much time, save for the fact I had to create it between taking calls at work.

It is composed of turquoise of various origins as well as red coral, black agate, gold pearls, and sterling silver. As a special touch I added carved scarab beetles.

By the time I finished fitting each piece to the silver chain my poor fingers were like pin cushions, but the end results are more than worth it. This was without question one of the most challenging pieces I think I’ll ever create.

I really have to thank my manager for commissioning me, and a friend of mine for helping with the photography while I wait to get my camera.

Creative critique and feedback is encouraged.






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ArtofLaughinAnnie Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful!! :D Congratulations on such a great result for all your effort!! 
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cooley Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is an intense piece. The work was well worth it though, it's beautiful! I hope I can make something like this some day.
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leopardwolf Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you!

I can easily imagine Bladewind wearing something like it. I did put a ton of work and effort into it, and I had the sore fingers to prove it. It just goes to show you that if you put your mind to it and dream it to life, anything is possible. :)
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cooley Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
So true - It takes a great amount of patience - but to create something so beautiful and unique is worth it :D
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reimagination Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
Now, I remember seeing this, why didn't I reply to it? It's amazing! I think everybody should own one.
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:iconleopardwolf:
leopardwolf Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
If everyone did, it would certainly help pay my bills!
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synnabar Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, this is stunning!!!! Absolutely gorgeous! :D
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leopardwolf Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I put so much work into it and my fingers were so sore after it was all said and done, but the finished results were well worth it.
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windcat Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006  Hobbyist
I love it, so very very nice. The whole thing is just incredible.
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leopardwolf Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I'm very proud of it. It was such an impressive piece, I'm almost sad I don't still have the original.
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nwcircus Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
My only critque would be that I think there should be a bit more presence of gold in the lower parts to balance between the turquoise and the coral. I really, really love the second part of the chain where it's only turquoise and gold, especially in contrast with the coral and agate.

I heart coral, however, and that alone makes me fantastically giddy. I love the idea of coral being part of an Egyptianesque collar.

Otherwise, the only other thing I would have done different is connect the dangly parts at the ends to make it more of a "plate" type collar, but that's just my preference and fetish; I looove those solid works of many beads.

The earrings are awesome; I like the circle setting a lot.
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leopardwolf Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yeah, the problem with getting more gold in the piece was the way the pearls were drilled. The holes were *so* tiny, I had to fight forever just to manage to string what I did and how I did. The pearls wouldn't fit on the posts I used for the structure of the bead bundles, sadly. I broke too many trying to get them to work, and finally had to give up on it.

The coral made me very happy mixed with the turquoise, the colors compliment very well. I want to do another piece and use a lot of lapis one of these days.

The design for the dangles is actually per the request of the commissioner. She wanted a 'fanning' necklace drape style collar, rather than a solid plate collar. That's why it is more open and free flowing than any traditional Egyptian collar would have been. It was already rather heavy and ridged to a degree.

Structurally speaking, I have been pondering methods to make plated necklaces without having to worry about heavier base parts or any metal welding or soldering. It's tricky when working with stones so large and so many of them, because it gets heavy, unlike say many woven pieces I have seen done with seed beads, which are feather light in comparison.

Circles are full of happy. So are spirals.

We must plot.
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FeralNoesis Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006  Student General Artist
Whoop, was signed in to the wrong account. Ehe. That's me, by the way!
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KinjouTen Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006
HOLY FREAKING BLEEP!!!!!
YOU EXIST!!!!

...The mystery name friending you next on LJ will be me.

*BIG BLEEPING HUGS* XD
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leopardwolf Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
:D I missed you much. We need to do some serious catching up. ::Hugs and glomps::
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nonanut Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006  Professional General Artist
YOU'RE ALIVE!!

Holy gods Lhunnie I been worrying for you since I heard you got the dreamcatcher I made you! You're alive and you're okay enough to post online! YAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!! I've been keeping hoping that you're okay the whole time.

And that collar is *gorgeous*. I've been daydreaming about making myself one, but don't have the funds to do it (and I know nothing of jewelrysmithing; I'll commission 'ya for one when I'm able!).

*raids your livejournal and HUGS! (ps: I'm ~brinaari_aia and ~eye_of_twilight)

*Darts-through-darkness
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leopardwolf Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I dreamed for so long of making one. I was so thrilled to actually get a commission for one. Let me know if you are ever interested. I'd love to make another!
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nonanut Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
^.^* The question is "Will I ever be able to afford something like that"- I'm still trying to pay off a dratted $700 car maintenance bill I got in July- and just paid 150 for another one. >0< {whistle} But yanno how it is ^^ *snuggin's!*
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leopardwolf Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
Haaha, I know that feeling. That's probably what stopped me from making one till now, the cost of materials was too much and I didn't have anyone who would have been certain to buy it.
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nonanut Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Professional General Artist
aww *snugs!* ^^
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Maxrunn Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006  Hobbyist Artist
gorgious
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leopardwolf Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :) I had a lot of fun making it.
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Arcandreams Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006
Amazing. Absolutely beautiful piece. I really can't find anything even close to a critique for this work. The time and dedication you put on it is evident and worth every second! I like the mix of turquoise and coral, very eye-catching. Beautiful! :clap:
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leopardwolf Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much. It did take a lot of time and dedication, but it was so worth the mild frustrations assembling it to have such a unique piece of wearable artwork.
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Perlandria Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006
That is absolutely gorgeous. Where did your manager get the idea from and how did you choose?
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leopardwolf Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!

I think she partly got the idea from her own African heritage. She's got a lighter skintone similar to North African people from the ancient Egyptian time periods. She said she had always wanted a collar similar to what Queen Nefertiti may have worn, but with not so much of a plate form. She wanted something more similar to fan-jewelry.

Egyptian culture holds a very special place in my heart, so it was very easy for me to visualize and create something that would have been considered an item of great value to them. The stones used were a combination of her personal preferences and my suggestions. She's got Cherokee heritage and wanted to incorporate something that would fit both cultures, hence the use of turquoise and coral.
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Azzua Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006
How very awesome! I love the beetles.
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leopardwolf Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
Zankoo! I was lucky to be able to find them, they were perfect.
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