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.

Gold foil necklace with mod podge

One of my favorite new projects is mod podging thin golden foil to wooden pearls. It is one big messy fight but I love how the foil forms little continents of the wood pearls.

First time I tried it out with simple white wooden beads.

With a thin brush I brushed the beads with a little mod podge and then with a pair of tweezers I laid the foil onto the lacquered surface. When I brushed the foil, sometimes it broke and formed smaller “continents” so it felt as if the foil decided itself how it would look like. It gave the project a nice random look and no pearl looks like the other.

The project took pretty much time, as I had to make a break always when I started to spoil the spots, already covered with foil. My fingers were nearly always covered with mod podge, as I was so concentrated on mod podging the pearls that I did not notice touching the wet surface all the time.

In the end I was pretty happy with the product so that I started to make one other as a present for my friend, this time on violet pearls. Picture will be published soon…

Ring with changeable background washer

In January I tried out different things, especially when making jewellery. Some things I still have to try to make better. One of my better notions was a ring with washers that I covered mith decoupage lacquer (mod podge) so that you can change them whenever you want. It was a late Christmas present for one of my best friends.

The project is quickly explained and done:

I tried out different papers:

1 tissue paper

2 Christmas present paper

3 scrapbooking paper

4 printed photograph on normal paper

5 thin paper

First I covered one side of the washers with mod podge and glued the paper onto them. One paper for each washer. When the papers were dried, I cut the paper to the size of the washer with a crafts knife. And that’s how they looked then:

The tissue paper ( nro 1) was surprisingly difficult, as it broke several times. Obviously the washer is just too smooth for the thin paper to attach to it. Still, I think it worked best, because it does not make sharp edges. Cutting the paper properly to the washer’s size is not too easy (for me). On a few washers I added some rhinestones with an applicator and one I covered with lace.

In the next step I knotted a ribon to a ring base, so that the knot is on the top.

To add a washer you just need to pull the ribbon’s ends though the washer’s hole and make a bow.

So that the present would look nice, I mod podged the top of a box and filled it with celluphane.

My first art clay course

Already for some time I had wished to start to work with art clay silver, but I thought that this is not really something easy to teach myself as I do with pearls or decoupage or sewing. In addition, what if I fall in love with art clay silver (as well) and I need an own oven and tools and so on. My table is already over full.

Then I saw a note in the internet that there is a course for Art clay silver for beginners here in Töölö in Helsinki and it can be paid with culture coupons we get at work. So of course I had to go to that course. Just for a try of course ;).

I signed up for a course at Hopeasavi.fi and here I am, after my course: completely in love with it, for sure, and happy owner of a first handmade silver jewel:

It took me not even two hours to get the pendant ready, the most difficult part was to find an idea. I took a stamper with a love letter test and pressed it onto the the flat clay. I liked the rough shape and did not much soften the edges – just as much that there are no sharp edges. Then I added a small flower for some texture. Ready – to dry and to burn and to polish.

My Mother’s Day present: a handmade pearl necklace

In a shop I saw a nice necklace and I was thinking about to buy it for my mom, but the I realized that it should not be that difficult to make it myself. Of course the product was then completely different than the one in the shop, but I think my mom will love it.

The best above all was that it took me only two evenings to make it! I was very surprised. Though, it took also a lot of shouting and being annoyed about pearls falling down and rolling across the floor. As if my fingers are not used to these tiny pearls anymore.

Well, it all started that I got the idea to cut a small piece of thin wire and to turn it around the pearl tweezers near to one end of the wire. With the tweezers in the slope I turned it once to both sides until the end, so that the slope looked like this:

Then I threaded one pearl onto the wire so that both ends of the wire went into the pearl and the slope stayed outside the end of the whole of the pearl. Then I turned the outstanding end of the wire around until the end went into the pearl. When pulling carefully I got another slope.

I continued with more pearls always threading one pearl behind the other and after some pearls I added a small additional metal ring, so that the necklace would not be too regular. A little break from the normal pattern makes it more alive. At four points I added also some other shiny parts, because my mom likes all shiny and sparkling.

After some slopes and turning the tweezers it just started to flow and I made half of the necklace at the first evening in only a few hours. So of course I was anxious to come home and continue. I tried many times how long I needed to make the necklace, so that it does not get too long or too short.

And this is how it looks now, only missing a nice package – and the pop-up card.