Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Necklace of Memories...
This is my Necklace of Memories. I put this together a few years ago and smile each time I see it or wear it. When I wear it in public it really is a conversation starter. Unique. One-of-a-kind. Eclectic. Quirky. Some people might not like it but then others want to rush home and make their own version.
Here is what I did...
I began with some sturdy necklace chain. There is some weight to this finished piece. I finished the back with a lobster clasp and split ring for safety. I made it adjustable with a length of the chain finished in another ring for interest in the back as well. I gathered my most cherished rings I no longer wear. From costume to semi-precious. Each ring has a story and history. Me being a "Border Hoarder" it is easy to save all these from decades ago.
I won't bore you with the stories however you might recognize my 1970's MOOD ring. A genuine Flower Child cannot be without her mood ring. I made it the center piece.
Here is the back closure and ring. Remember Coral rings that were hand carved? This one is of an Eagle. Another one on the necklace is a fish carving. And yet another is a heart carved in the Coral. Did I wear these? Oh yes I loved them and wore them often. Here you can also see that I wove some sheer organdy ribbon through the chain. I think it gave a softer look to the otherwise chunky chain. I also took lengths of ribbon and tied them here and there between the rings to soften the look. I used a neutral gold ribbon against the silver toned chain as the rings are of all finishes and colors.
I have a total of 22 rings on this necklace and I know the story for each one of them. I attached the rings with wire wrapped through the chain and then through the ring. If I choose to I can merely cut the wire and the ring will be free to wear again or pass along to someone if I wish. I could also change out the rings if I wanted to. Lots of possibilities.
Tell me what you think of my Necklace of Memories. You won't hurt my feelings. I like it and that is what counts the most. It brings me smiles and happiness. It reminds me of people and places I have enjoyed. It allows me to enjoy my baubles that otherwise might just sit in a drawer and get lost or forgotten. When I brought it out to take the photos, Mr. C asked about it. He had not seen it before and was interested in its history. He was reminded of his "nail" ring he had given me from his living in South Africa before we met. Wouldn't this be fun to make for a gift for a family member or dear friend? Some day I shall place it in a memory frame and give it to my daughter as a keepsake.
Today is overcast and teasing us with cooler temperatures and just a spit of rain but nothing to even reach the ground. Thankfully it is snowing over Donner Pass. Not a lot but we will take all we can get. Mr. C fed all of his roses and most of the other plants we have. I fed four other varieties yesterday with a different food. More weeding and it still isn't even close to done. I am enjoying all the flowers and greenery.
Summer is coming fast. Enjoying the great outdoors...barbequeing with family and friends...picnicing in the park or at the lake or beach...walking, golfing, playing tennis or whatever you like to do...as Nike says it, "Just Do It"! Creative Bliss and thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I read every one.