Wednesday, March 28, 2012

the good stuff

there has been a new jewelry tutorial that I have been wanting to try
joanna pierotti is a fabulous artist and she had a tutorial available
on her blog moss hill studio in december

since i love using old photographs this tutorial was right up my alley
it is a technique used on glass to make it look like vintage mercury glass

when i found this sweet girl image on pinterest
i knew that i wanted to incorporate her into something

when i finished the main pendant
i felt that the rest of the necklace should do it justice

that is when i hauled out all of the "good stuff"
you know, the stuff that collects and gets saved for that special something

i used a lot of "good stuff"

cut steel beads
rhinestone rondelles
vintage sterling silver beads

i didn't hold back with this one

i am pleased with how it turned out
the red tones of the garnets and the gray/blue tones of the pearls
really enhance the necklace

i just need to make a funky hook and eye closure for the back
and then she will be finished

i don't know if i am going to be able to let her go....

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

playing with dolls

playing with dolls
takes on a whole new meaning
when you are 50 and not 5

from my happy bowl full
of these precious long forgotten dolls
i chose one that i could make as
the center of attention to this one of a kind necklace

 blue eyes just like mine were in order
so she fit the bill right away

of course a crown also had to be added
because everyone in my household
knows that i am

from her neck there are all sorts of pretties
an enameled charm that reads the number "25"
(an age i wish i could go back to cause i would do a lot of things differently)
an eiffel tower
a key with a crown on top
a fleur de lis
a miniature telephone
and a cute little chair
plus some cream colored fresh water pearls
and some rhinestone bling

i made some hand forged silver wire links
for the bulk of the necklace
dangling from the middle of each
are cute little cream colored fresh water pearls 

i love my whimsical piece
i know a lot of people think it's creepy
but i love these little porcelain doll heads

even more so
i love creating things with them
this way they are not forgotten little girls anymore
but girls that can live on and create new stories

and yes
that is the sun you see shining behind me
it too has been a long forgotten thing in this town
i am so glad it has decided to show up today!

happy wednesday!