Finally in my cleaning out and sorting my jewelry supplies the lost pendant I bought from a street vendor in Germany this spring surfaced....much to my delight.
I definitely have a "style" and it is jewelry with some substance. I'm just not a delicate type of person... I love one-of-a-kind and so prefer to make it myself. And I adore colorful jewelry... So this pendant spoke to my heart.
I have all the beads strung and will do the final assembly today. And as a bonus it has a story. The pendant is from our anniversary trip to Germany last April, the yellow beads are raw topaz I bought in a tiny shop in Seaside Oregon last fall, the red glass beads are from a trip to CA to see Susie W., I bought the blue beads on Etsy and they are recycled glass beads from Africa and last but not least ALL the metal beads are from one necklace I bought at a thrift store for a little over $3...years ago.
I did finish the "pansy" necklace before I found the pendant. This brooch was worn by my late mother-in-law Mary Krueger whom I adored so it has special memories as well.
Now that everything is dug out and sorted I might as well keep going and do several before I put everything away. My friend Kathy LeFrancis came over one morning and showed me some of the finer details in finishing with crimps, wire guards, etc and I didn't even remember I had an actual crimping tool..
And I did finish the table last weekend. It is fanciful and fun but I have to admit that it qualifies as "primitive" artwork. There was no way I could position the table, lights, brush, and magnifying glasses in a way I could actually see what I was doing... But even a little rough around the edges, it too suits my taste... one-of-a-kind and colorful... a definite statement in my living room..
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