I was lucky enough to get a surprise thank-you cheque for making the wedding dress. Rather than put it towards a new sewing machine (as I think was intended) I decided to treat myself and blow the lot on something very frivolous – jewellery. I got a couple of etched steel pieces from Ridley and Dowse (thanks for the link Mooncalf) that I’ve had my eye on; ‘Cara’ giant feather necklace and matching, more modestly-sized ‘Avery’ earrings. I’ve been wearing the necklace today on an 80 cm chain (it looked rather odd on the 40 cm one it came with) with a plain black dress and leggings, and got loads of compliments.
With the rest of the money, true to form, I invested some tools and materials so I could make my own jewellery. I used to make and sell jewellery when I was a teenager but I have not touched it since, not sure why! The plan is to make myself a necklace and bracelet, and take it from there.
I got a neat set of pliers, cutters and a crimp tool, stringing wire and some sterling findings.
Some Swarovski beads, I’ve become quite fond of them after sewing them on the wedding dress.
I want my creations to look vintage, so I scoured Ebay for vintage box clasps. I’m glad I got lots because I wasn’t happy with some of them when they arrived. Never mind, I paid peanuts for all except the large Deco style one in the centre which I absolutely love. It will make me a fine necklace.
And most importantly… freshwater pearls, lots of them!
The large pearls were by far the biggest indulgence and expense, but they are enormous – so big they don’t look at all real. With hindsight I’d maybe have gone for smaller ones, but for affordable bling these are hard to beat. I guarantee this necklace will be nothing like your grandmother’s peals!