A pearl necklace for my mom

As again my mom’s birthday came just too soon, I had just one idea for her present: a handmade pearl necklace.

To make her this time a pearl jewel with a loooooots of pearls, as I have seen many in the shops in these days, I tried a new approach to the matter:

I took a nice light chain and started to add pearls to it with a thin silver wire. And oh, it took hours… Sometimes it felt as if I hadn’t done anything because the necklace looked the same as when beginning my session. To each single ring of the chain I added about ten pearls, so it is a loooot of pearls.

With the time I felt that the chain was also getting heavier also I used light wax pearls, so I decided that I would add pearls only on the part, which is really seen and let some part of the beautiful silver chain free of pearls. This would also help that the pearls would not tear on my mom’s long hair.

In order to make the necklace more interesting I used pearls different in size and colour. Mostly I used pearls in different shades of white, but sometimes I added also a light blue or pink one.

In the end it looked like this:

My mom called me after her birthday and said that she really liked it but unfortunately the mail had obviously been shaken so badly that many pearls had come of.

If you make this kind of pearl necklace, please check the chain that the links are well closed and that the pearls are not too firm together to avoid them breaking off during transportation.

The beauty of this necklace comes also from the fact that it changes slightly all the time. The pearls fall to a different place nearly every time as they are not too firm together. When they are able to move,the necklace also is not too stiff. I also recommend to end the pearl line on every side with having less and less pearls per link, so that it is not a too harsh ending where the chain itself comes into sight.

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Easter cards – the madness continues

Creativity is nothing that can be called or that can be stopped. So this time suddenly I got several ideas that I urgently wanted to try.

One was improving my Easter eggs which shapes looked more than fried eggs than proper ovals. So of course I needed some help. I printed out different empty shapes from Office Word and cut them out. Then I glued them on old postcards and cut them out again. Now it was much easier.

 

In the right picture the left eggs are cut just with the scissors and on the right side you see on the top my shapes and below the eggs I cut with them. Not that unique idea of course, but works.

But once I had eggs, I wanted more difficult shapes: chicken. So I needed smaller and bigger circles. Do you know those postcards where you can check which size of rings is perfect for you? At least I found one of those and draw circles on a yellow paper. Some of the circles I did not close completely but left open for drawing beaks or wings.

 

The picture on the right side shows when I tried out how the shapes fit together and I at least was quite content with the birds. The paper should have been of a more merrier colour, but for now it is okay.

As you can see from the picture above I also got the idea of forming a flower that stands up from the paper a little. For the flower I cut out petals.

Another idea I had to try on my cards was cutting some picture into pieces and glue them together again but with a small distance between the pieces.

For that I put double-sided tape onto the back of a photograph printed out. I would have printed it on high quality photo paper but our printer was not working. Anyways. The first picture I cut only into stripes. By the way, Tape every stripe to the paper immediately before cutting the next. If you cut the whole picture into stripes you will have a nice puzzle with the stripes, which one belongs where.

 

The next picture I cut already into squares. One level up in the diccifulty of glueing all together with distances as exactly the same as possible. I did not use a ruler, but now at least it looks self-made.

And here are the final cards:

In my Flickr account(set: handmade cards) you can find still more pictures.

And now back to the internet to get inspired by others…