Thursday, July 5, 2012
Pieces of History
I hope everyone had a nice 4th of July holiday, celebrating over 230 years of American independence! I've had a busy week in the studio, assembling new gems from long-forgotten treasure... my way of celebrating little pieces of history, if you will.
First I started with a few cutom orders...
Old rhinestones and Mary medals accented with garnet briolettes.
And an earring and bracelet set that I sent off to India today!
I've been working on these prayer card cuff bracelets for a while now. I set the images behind resin and vintage buckle and dress clip 'frames'. The resin takes several days to dry, so you have to give yourself a bit of extra time before the assembly can begin!
Another pair of earrings, simple enough to wear every day!
Then I began on the necklaces, probably my favourite type of jewelry to make since there are so many possibilities!
I accented this Art Deco paste buckle with an ombre of iolite and labradorite stones, and a bit of vintage pearl. So classic.
If nobody ever buys this next piece, that will be OK with me because I wouldn't mind keeping it for myself! I just speaks to me with its slightly punk / gothic mix of crystal, pink stones and British medal.
The medal is a commemorative piece celebrating the marriage of Queen Elizabeth to her handsome George.
I even finished it off with an old wedding ring!
Finally, this necklace truly is like owning a piece of history! I began with an antique hand-painted porcelain brooch featuring the image of Josephine Bonaparte. She is set in a silver and enamel frame. Just lovely!
I suspended her from vintage rhinestones, brilliant gemstones and goldtone Victorian links.
Thank you for celebrating these historical pieces with me! Have a wonderful weekend! :)