This month I am 'stashbusting' in sympathy with the cool blog T-Shirt Diaries, so for the rest of September I have pinky-sworn not to buy any jewelry-making supplies, and instead try to use up what I have. But, um, er, I was at the Farmer's Market yesterday, and er, ahem, decided I really needed to buy some tomatoes...
And if I bought them just for the container, no one but us needs to know, right?
I was enchanted by the cathedral-window shapes in the plastic mesh; they remind me of one of my favorite places, Milan's glorious Duomo.
And so the jewels evolved.
Aren't those gargoyle charms cute? Since I had the cathedral on my mind, they seemed the perfect ornament here.
This plastic mesh is thin, but super tough for its weight. I found it easy to poke tiny holes with a push pin; you could also melt holes into the plastic by heating a straight pin or bead reamer.
My little brother gets to go to Milan next week - oh, man, I wish I were going too! But no, staying home to work. Ah, well. To compensate, I shall wear some of these funny gothic jewels!
(While stirring homemade tomato sauce.)