I'm hosting two necklace round robins over at my Charmsters group. For each one, there are eight women participating. (I'm in both groups.) You start by buying or making a chain, and creating a focal piece for it. You also make a book to go with it and a box to put it in. Then for the next eight months, they travel around the country to each woman in the group. She adds a charm or something to it. In September, we'll get our necklaces back and will see how everyone has added to our design.
One of my necklaces, I call Blue Dreams. Since blue is my favorite color, I thought it would be fun to have a necklace with all blue elements. I bought a silver chain, cut it in pieces, and made a clasp. The focal is glass beads hung by chain, and silver wire that has been bent and hammered. The box is an old cigar box that I painted. The book's covers have been altered with acrylic-painted tissue paper. And the whole thing is tied together with beautiful yarns.
I called my other necklace Natural Beauty. I love the look of wire, copper, and stones. I chose a few beads that look like stones and glass. They're strung on sterling wire and wrapped around a piece of copper sheet that I cut and torched for color. The box is a cardboard box that was junk mail. It contained a spot for a CD and business cards. I adapted these for the necklace and name plate. The notebook is covered with a sheet I made by sandwiching tissue paper, polymer medium, and twigs and leaves from my backyard. I then brushed a thin glaze of orange/brown over top. The whole thing was tied together with various yarns, but I didn't get a photo of that.