Saturday, 14 January 2017

Ice drops into the sea .....

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... gets entrapped in an an oyster to turn into a pearl !!!!
Ice Drop made with shell and curled rings

This time I delved right into the depths of the TATemptation sea ;-P
As commented in my previous workings, I had intended to use curled rings for my next Ice Drop, and during a sunny spell I managed to find my collection of shells and other blings. In another lifetime I used them in flower arrangements and for land/sea-scaping in a tray. All my shells are handpicked from various beaches we’ve been to.
I hope Diane won’t mind my naming this composition a Sea Pearl. Why ? Coz there’s a pearl in the oyster !

Sea Pearl Pendant
From Diane’s Ice Drops

I like this shell – it reminds me of a world map. (see in collaged pic below
Blue represents the water (Anchor 00131, size 20) . 
Variegated colourway represents various seaweeds which have ‘embedded’ the oyster. (Lizbeth Vineyard Harvest size 20).

I had sketched the shell outline on paper, but was not comfortable with it. Instead, I kept placing the tatting over the shell to confirm that the contours were fine.
Pearl is on a large picot on first ring.
            Rings range from 18DS to 9DS, with 3 or 2 picots.
            Chains are mostly 4-2--2-4.
Worked this round in counterclockwise direction. Rings frontside, reverse work (RW), chains frontside, RW.

As I tatted the curled rings, the 'seaweeds' looked more like a lotus. My initial plan kept getting modified and in the end I chose this simple, narrow edge in order to showcase the shell markings.
This round is tried all from the front in clockwise direction. I found this easier.
Rings tatted backside (reverse order DS) and chains frontside, with No RW.
After chain, simply start ring at same point. (I used backside tatting for ring); attach to previous ring; complete and close. 
Then pull a loop of ball thread through round 1 as well as through the center picot of ring. Pass shuttle through this loop ans snug. This ensures curling of ring as well as attaching to round 1 in one movement.
            All curled rings : 6-4--4-6.
            Chains : 8 or 9 as required.

Both back and front were tatted with single shuttle attached to ball thread. 

After completion, the short blue chains didn't give a good outline to the pendant. hence, using short lengths of thread, I added another layer of chains - kind of like waves? 3 such chains were sufficient to give a better outline, as well as add some more layer, as seen in the pic below

The pendant is totally reversible, and can be worn to match the dress ! 

That's all from me for now. It was a nice break from blogging only about snowflakes :-)

I had tremendous fun again, though round 1 took longer with the continuous adjustments. Thank you so much, Diane, for such a superb enticement :-))))

happy tatting always J

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  1. Wow I love this, the ice drops have taken the world by storm and I am sure this will follow.
    I will be looking for shells now to try this, I really love this.

    1. I hope you do find shells, Margaret, but really, anything goes :-)

  2. Wow, certainly an extension of Diane's ice drop, good job.

    1. Thanks Jane :-) Diane has started quite a revolution, hasn't she !

  3. I LOVE your Sea Pearl!

    Pearls are my birthstone, and my favorite... sapphire is my second favorite for obvious reasons. ;-)

    Oh, can you imagine a piece like this encrusted with all the birthstones? I think I need to stretch my imagination as you have!

    1. What a coincidence, Diane !
      Mine is turquoise & I don't like it because it is opaque - I prefer iridescent stones.
      I am thrilled that you approve of this composition. Enjoyed tatting it :-D

  4. Sorry about 'stealing your thunder' Muskaan. I had not read that particular post about curled rings when I put them on my Dragons Eye! However, I would imagine that my way of doing it is different to whichever way you do it. (Hopefully anyway!) I got the idea from when I did a pendant/earring set from Marilee's new book.

    Love the oyster!!

  5. Very unique!! Great pendant idea!!! :)

  6. What a great idea and great execution.

  7. Thanks Sue, Sue, & Bernice :-) So glad you liked it (((Hugs)))

    Sue (Pigmini), I wonder whether you are complimenting or rubbing my nose in ... GOTCHA, just kidding !!! I need to see your post (I haven't been able to keep up with all my blog hopping), but we do have Ninetta to thank for this clever curling of rings! And we are all free to use and apply. More the merrier - that's how we inspire each other :-)))

  8. wow super ice drop and a lovely creation from you. I have to learn to tat a curled ring.Form where you got thre varieegated thread please? I had tatted normal ice dop by Diane cardemoteri and posted it in fb. This is a lovely variation.

    1. Thanks, Amritha :-) Would've loved to see your ice drop (I'm not on facebook). I bought the thread from Handy Hands through Amazon. They have recently started selling to India through Amazon, though the range is still limited.

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