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IMG_6193I’d been pulling the pair of anatomical hearts out of the stash periodically for years. I’d look at them, think about possible uses and then decide I didn’t love that option enough. Over this past winter a pair of tiny frames came in and I loved that they were small enough to be used as jewellery. While I’ve had a few similar sized square ones pass through my hands, I found the hard edges read as too harsh. These, on the other hand, not only had a great vertical oval shape, but also had lots of in-scale details on their edges. One was just the right size for the smaller of the two hearts. I went with an antique wood backing piece, for the great grain texture, and painted it white. The heart projects forward a bit, but not too much. It is just clearly three dimensional. The chain was from the stash and I was lucky it was long enough since the weight was just a perfect balance to the pendant. It has already been snatched up, but I still wanted to show it off.

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pen1I’ve been trying to get better about taking photographs of more of my work. Since almost all of the jewellery tends to one-of-a-kind, it’s good for me to keep some sort of record. This was one of the ones where I was good about getting it recorded before putting it out for sale. Not that I got the photo up or anything like that. The main design drive for it was the large, salvaged piece on the top. It was paired to the watch body first and then the antique image, jewels and drops were picked based on it’s look so the whole thing works together. I love how it is so much more vibrant that I typically dare to go, but still has a very cohesive feel! It’s gone off with it’s new owner and it always makes me happy when people like my stuff enough to wear it right away.

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Sometimes I come across things that might not be standard jewellery components,

crochet rose necklace

crochet rose necklace

but I can’t resist using them. (okay, so I’m honest enough to admit that a good chunk of what I use didn’t start out as jewellery supplies but some things are a bit more of a stretch than others) A vintage crochet doily had these fine roses along the edges. While I don’t do crochet, I appreciate the work and was able to tell that the roses were done as separate pieces that could be removed. They were small and delicate enough to be made into a necklace. Their centres were accented with rhinestones in a deep, co-coordinating pink. Some salvaged glass beads link them together. I went with greens on the links, because it reminded me of flower stems/branches. The centre drop is also salvaged rhinestones, in a pale green to match the links. There were also enough of the roses that I could make a matching pair of earrings. As I typically try to do, the clasp has a variable length closure so it will fit a range of neck sizes as well as hanging at different heights.

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In the heat of summer, sometimes it’s nice to be able to just sit in the path of the fan

watch case necklace

watch case necklace

and work on something small and fiddly, like the jewellery. There are times when a design will almost make itself and then there are times when part of an idea sits, unfinished for a frustrating length of time. I’d had part of this necklace in the “incomplete concept” point for longer than I want to admit to, but pulling it out for this round let me finally figure out what it should be. It was so tempting, with the vintage ladies watches to make delicate little pieces, since they are so small, but I wanted something with a bit more impact. Having the pair of cases accented by the glass eyes gave a great look, but still felt like it didn’t have enough strength to stand on their own. What worked, in the end, was adding more of them. A total of five make up the neckline as well there is the draped “beak”, that falls below, so it has a great deal of presence without much weight. It’s not a piece for the unassuming but also not so dramatic it won’t work with a range of styles/outfits.

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