Thursday, November 02, 2006
Birthday Present for Therese
Like many things in life, this necklace had an accidental beginning. I was rummaging in my supply cupboard the other day when I discovered an ice-cream container full of brass pieces that I'd completely forgotten about. I bought them about two years ago when I opened a shop on eBay for selling antique-brass scrapbooking items.
The shop was called Metal Garnish. It was a complete flop. And the pieces ended up getting shoved further and further to the back of my cupboard. 'Nuff said about that episode. LOL.
Anyway, when I happened upon them again the other day, I dragged them all out - and looked at them with a fresh eye. I started wondering how I could use them for jewellery-making rather than scrapbooking. After much mixing and matching with other components (I swear I spend hours doing this), I chose to do something with this one:
I was selling this piece to scrapbookers as a photo frame, and I realised that I could use it for a similar purpose jewellery-wise. The open section in the middle measures about 37 x 20 millimetres, which gave me plenty of room for a dangle of some kind.
All I needed now was my husband and his trusty drill to turn a static frame into a hang-able pendant. He added some piercings for me - two in the top outer corners (for suspending from chain), and one at the top of the open section.
I'm not into the raw-brass look, so the next step was to antique the frame. And oh boy, I loved the result! All that beaded detail just popped in the antiqued version. Here's how it looked:
Another thing I found in the ice-cream container was some cute little filigree wings in antiqued brass. Here they are:
These were the one item that were popular with the scrapbookers. The idea was to add them to photos so that your child looked like a little angel. Here's an example of what I mean. This is my own son when he was a toddler. Cute, no?
I discovered that I could get quite a nice effect by laying two sets of these wings on top of the rectangular frame. They looked like a frame-on-a-frame, kind of thing. When I glued them in place, this is how the pendant looked:
Next . . . what to hang in the middle? Here I was faced with the tyrrany of choice, but in the end, I couldn't go past my new resin sliders. (I have already mentioned how pathetically in love I am with these!) I chose the mauve one, and teamed it with a small, olive-shaped Czech glass bead in peridot AB and a fluted spacer bead in antique brass. Here it is:
The pendant looked lovely . . . but you know me! I couldn't resist adding some little rhinestone chatons for extra effect. Yet another layer! I chose peridot, to tie in with the bead:
With all that detail in the pendant, I felt that it wasn't necessary to do anything fancy with the necklace section. So I simply added some large-link antique-brass chain. And here is the finished product! What do you think?
I hope Therese likes it!