Monday, June 27, 2011

Finished the necklace

Can I be highfalutin and call it a caracanet?  It turned out so much better than I had hoped.  Its made of some clasps, bead frames and other bits and pieces I got on clearance and it somehow came together to be something I'm super proud of.   Not the necklace in the portrait, but I think its got some similarities.  Its got sparkle and filigree and the drop pearl.  Which, by the way, was the hardest part.  I cannibalized an earring I got in a bag of junk jewelry for the drop.  I still need to find two more for the earrings.  So far I haven't had any luck.  The center bit is a gold plated bead frame with a glass bead and two little gold seedbeads that were spacer beads on some other beads I'd bought.  The heart shaped leaves are clasps, so the necklace can open in 5 different spots.  I might have to epoxy them closed so that doesn't happen when I don't want it to, but they seem to be secure.  Just to make things difficult the clasp I'm actually using as a clasp in the back center broke when I was trying it on.  Thank goodness for wire and plumber's epoxy and the fact that its going to be hidden under the partlet or my hair.  I love plumber's epoxy.  I used it to hold the pins on my quicky Viking brooches made from a couple of large pendants.  You just knead it fora minute or two, squish it into where you want it and sculpt it to shape and then let it dry.  Voila!  A bond that just plain doesn't separate.  The brooches have heavy strings of beads hanging from them and got quite a workout since I wore my Viking dress while nursing twins and they were opened and closed a lot.  No fear at all the clasp will break again.

The veil is done and I'm very pleased with how it turned out.  Need to get a picture and I'll post it tomorrow.  I'm not working at all hard today, can't get motivated, but the pleating for the skirt is coming along.


  1. Squee!!! It's fabulous!

    They are glass pearls, but you are welcome to my drop pearl stash! I don't remember the exact size off the top of my head, but I think they're around 3/4" long. If you're interested in 'fakies', you are welcome to them. Let me know if you are, and I'll get more details.

  2. I love it! See, you didn't need my help! ;) I also have a bunch of glass drop pearls if you want to come grab a couple for the earrings. BTW, I'm going to try the plumber's epoxy...that sounds like just what I needed a little while ago!

  3. The drop I have is glass and I don't mind using glass for the earrings, I just haven't found any. I'd love to swipe some Holly. I know what you would have done would be closer to the portrait, but this way I get points and can commission you to do something for my Rus :)