One day while wandering here and wandering there on the web, I came upon the most delightful blog hop that sounded like a real challenge to me. Quite the opposite approach from what I usually take, where I start with one or more art beads, nice stones, or metal work, here I was instructed to begin with a thrift store find for less that $1.50 U.S. and make something from it. This seemed like a test of my creativity and it fit my budget just fine! So in I jumped!
The host of the challenge is Sarah from Pookledo in the U.K.! Following are the guidelines:
Thrift Store Blog Hop
- Go to the thrift store/charity shop and buy an item for less that £1 ($1.50 approx at at the moment)
- Take a photo of the item when you get home
- Take an "in progress" photo
- Take a photo when you have finished making your item
- And blog about it on Saturday August 4th.
- Don't forget to include links to everyone else taking part in the blog hop so that we can all blog hop together :)
You'll find that list of participants down aways. But next, it's time to see what I found, and what I did with it...
|And then made a bail out of a connector and wa-la! |
The pendant was done--the hard part!
I could sit and do nothing for several weeks now...
...Okay, several weeks later....
just a few more days until the reveal?!
I think this necklace needs MORE!
Not sure what more, but MORE!
Should I make the rest from chain? From ribbon?
Can't decide? How about both?
My chain for the upper necklace
seemed like it had come
from a thrift store too!
I had 2 pieces, unequal in length, and the links were soldered.
I could cut one side and make them even, but I couldn't make into one long chain.
So I decided to hook the uneven lengths one on each side.
In doing so, I added turquoise-colored rondelles (Howlite, I believe)
to the top of the pendant,
and hooked the chain lengths there.
I also added violet Gilders Paste to the dangles to balance out the colors.
I felt better about the colors now, but what to do about the chain?
I was planning to go with rougher stones, when I got the crazy notion...
to use glass crystals instead! :-)
Beadcaps? Too frilly, even with the crystals. I used organically shaped silver-plated beads instead.
Turquoise, purple, turquoise, nice and even, until...
one end of chain ran out and the other just kept going.
Then created fasteners for the 2 layers of hand-dyed silk ribbons (one lilac, one multi-colored purple and turquoise. )
I made a hook clasp, and finally, called it done.
I looked at it and decided it was like someone living on the prairie long ago had found or had handed down to them, a bit of silver jewelry, perhaps Native American, and tried to make a treasured necklace from it. Bits and pieces of beads and chains and ribbons to make something they would feel special in.
So I've named it,
My sincere thanks to Sarah for hosting this event!
I started with a bit of nothing
and made a little treasure out of it. :-)
Please take a look at the other treasures created!
Participants :Sarah - www.pookledo.blogspot.co.uk
Deb - http://greenshoot.blogspot.co.uk/
Kimberley - http://goddessesandbeads.blogspot.co.uk/
Skye - http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.co.uk/
Ambra - http://chicandfrog.wordpress.com/
Beti - http://stringingfool.blogspot.com/
Emma - www.apolymerpenchant.com
Shelley - www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Tammie - http://ttedesigns.blogspot.co.uk/
Leah - http://beadyeyedbunny.blogspot.co.uk/
Denielle - www.somebeadsandotherthings.com
Keri Lee - http://www.pinklemonade.typepad.com
Rochelle - acreativechelle.blogspot.com
Pam - http://pamelas-studio.blogspot.com/
Ingetraud - http://ingetraud.wordpress.com/
Audrey - http://esperianterra.blogspot.com/
Julie Anne - www.thepeacefulbead.com
Sharyl - http://www.sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com <-- You are here!
Micheladas - http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
? - http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.co.uk/
Kala - http://maybejustperhaps.blogspot.co.uk/
Dyanne - http://deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com/2012/08/thrift-store-blog-hop.html
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