Paris Themed Necklace

October 30th, 2009 in blog, projects     
MimiToria Gretchen Schaumann, contributor
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The lower portion of this necklace is a mix of found elements and jewelry treasures combined to make this Paris themed necklace.
All sections are hand wire wrapped which adds a very fun look to the necklace as well as creates a strong connection between elements.
Ive got fun treasures here.  Two sterling silver star fish for the beach lover, a vintage crucifix to keep ones mind focused on Him, a vintage underwear button (just learned that is what these very cool two holed buttons are from - lol), a wonderful vintage cracker box puppy charm and then of course the awesome vintage glass beads that one can find out and about in the junking world.
I really like how the textures and colors in this necklace evolved.
More details of the necklace which is closer to the clasp area.  There is a mother-of-pearl circle, glass beads, rhinestone rondele, rhinestone disco ball, glass beads, and a lovely vintage street car token closure.
To top it all off literally is one vintage street token and a hand wire wrapped hook closure.
The lower portion of this necklace is a mix of found elements and jewelry treasures combined to make this Paris themed necklace.

The lower portion of this necklace is a mix of found elements and jewelry treasures combined to make this Paris themed necklace.

I always find it fun to see the end results of something I design.  I literally have 1000's of ideas swirling around in my "pea size" brain at any given time, and to see the finished project is always a surprise.  This is the way I create.

How do you create?  Is it all planned out?  Or do you wing it?  This necklace was definitely one I "winged".  I started this creation at our own Sue Whitney's home in September at a sleepover party.  I was part of a selling venue of my jewelry that had gone well on this day, so was panicking and made jewelry until 5 a.m. at Sue's down in my bedroom.  lol  The toothpicks didn't hold my eyes open any longer, so I put it away and finished it in time for the October sale at the French Flea, which is where Lani snapped it up and purchased it.  I hope she's enjoying it! 

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Comments (13)

verbenaocala writes: do you sell on line? I love your pieces. Posted: 9:41 am on July 22nd
CottageElements writes: I am the lucky one. I saw this while it was in it's beginning stages and knew it would turn out fab! Actually all Gretchen's creations are fab!

Lani Posted: 8:35 pm on November 5th
aprilrain writes: That is so pretty.I truly love it. Posted: 7:09 pm on November 3rd
shabbychick writes: Gretchen- you know I love your jewelry - and this piece is "tres magnifique"!! All the thought and details you put into one of your jewelry pieces makes it a work of art!!!

Lucky Lani!!! I'm sure she wears it proudly!

Hugs, Katy Posted: 9:40 am on November 3rd
byabpryor writes: WOW... that's incredible... Love it! Posted: 9:16 am on November 2nd
fellowjunker writes: Absolutely gorgeous Gretchen. I CAN NOT believe the amazing unique treasures you find and incorporate into your jewelry!!
Happy day.
xojanis Posted: 12:25 am on October 31st
alicemom writes: Another fine job! Your wire wrapping is really swell!!!
smiles, alice Posted: 9:57 pm on October 30th
Shelley_ writes: So pretty! Posted: 8:02 pm on October 30th
bluejean writes: Gretchen,
I sure appreciate your ability to create as you go and have it turn out so beautifully. I love this piece.
I have to plan it all out first and as my oldest daughter says, I'm too "matchy, matchy". I'm learning to color out of the lines more and not be confined to perfect semetry.
You are a great inspiration!
Jean Posted: 2:43 pm on October 30th
CraftingWendy writes: What a beautiful, spiritual piece you created. I love vintage pieces and hope you will share even more of your work. It's gorgeous! Posted: 11:32 am on October 30th
RustyDiva writes: Beautiful! I've tried making jewelry before and man it's hard ~ I'm a buyer (as you saw in my Keeper of Bling post):)I know a lot of hard work went into this and I know Lani is loving it like it should be loved!!!!

Kenda Posted: 9:57 am on October 30th
suewhitney writes: Love, love, love!! As always, Gretchen your attention to detail is second to none. That Lani...she's a lucky girl!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 9:43 am on October 30th
chippingcharm writes: Lucky Lani...WOW Gretchen, your necklaces are so unique and beautiful! Love all the wonderful details on this one...I have some of those "underware buttons" in my collection too...who knew??? Thanks, Laurel Posted: 9:08 am on October 30th
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