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.