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Sunday, 20 February 2011

Make the jewelry to match the dress

You may remember my post back in August where I designed and made an item of jewelry around the dress I was planning to wear for a party. Well last night I had another party to go to and a different dress so I decided to do it again.

The dress I chose was a neutral shade of pink in satiny fabric with a black detail over one shoulder. I decided to pick out the black by wearing black shoes and carrying a black bag so I thought it was probably best to follow it through into the jewelry.

The shoulder detail is embellished with some black faceted 'buttons' and I have some perfect vintage black faceted beads which I inherited from my grandma. The vast majority of my work is in hammered copper wire and I felt that copper would be a good choice to add some warmth and still fit with the neutral dress.

I started by making some earrings in a style I have been meaning to try out for some time. I used 18 gauge wire to make a long paddle pin, threaded the bead onto it and finished it very simple by attaching the end to an ear wire.
Unfortunately I lost one of the earrings at some point so I think I'm going to have to find a supplier for those little plastic tubes to slide onto the back to help keep the earrings in.

I wanted to continue with very simple, elegant pieces and I'm not a big necklace wearer so I made this very basic pendant with just a bead and a headpin on some decorative copper chain.

I am still practicing making wire wrapped rings so I took another of the black beads and completed the set with a swirly design. This one turned out better than any other so hopefully I am finally getting the hang of it.

I finished the outfit with a hammered copper bangle - a new design which I will be showing you in another post very soon.

1 comment:

  1. Good sharing.
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