Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fancy Embroidered Pendants! (Okay, I Cheated)

I am so chuffed.  I made three beautiful pendants, positively dripping with gems and beads and gold thread embroidery.



Oooh.  Ahhh.  Just look at the detail!



What a lot of work!  My fingers are sore, I am bleeding from all the needle pricks and half blind from the close embroidery work.

Yeah...no.

How'd I really make them?


Found these little boxes at a discount sale (a buck and a quarter each, whoo!!!).  I pried off the tops and omgeeeeeee, a gorgeous disc of delight.


If only I could find a way to hang it on a necklace.  Putting the little gray cells to work, I came up with three different ways to convert them to pendants.  Ready?  Here comes a triple DIY.

Method One: I sewed a small brass filigree onto the front of the disc.  Glued a circle of felt to the back.  Then added a nice big jump ring, and ta-da!









This baby was all ready to hang on the nearest cord, chain or necklace of my choice.

 




Method Two: I found a great big filigree (it came off an old brooch, I think) that was just a bit larger than the embroidered disc.  I bent the corners up, nestled the disc inside, then bent the corners down to hold it in place.




I added jump rings for attaching a long decorative chain.




Loooove it!



Method Three: I used my all time favorite little trick, aluminum duct tape.  Taped a plain metal ring to the disc, and that was all she wrote.







Bam, that took a hot minute!




And now, of course, I have three little blank-slate boxes to embellish at my leisure:


One o' these days, I'll show you what I did.  Later, gators!



 

28 comments:

  1. Genius! and what good luck to find those beauties for so little! Some ribbon bows for the tops? Maybe some rubber stamped wreath? How about a rounded bit of quilt... the box fix is intriguing. Thanks for the tuts!
    Hugs

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  2. awesome! thanks for the inspiration!!!!

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  3. They look so great...! I just want to go out exploring shops right now (little bit difficult, already too late).

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  4. Aluminium. Duct. Tape. Oh. My. Various. Gods. How have I never seen this stuff? This changes everything! Well, it opens up all sorts of interesting possibilities, anyway.

    I love the blue one. That filigree idea is so clever. I'd never think to do that, because I wouldn't want to 'waste' it by having most of it not be visible. :)

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  5. You are a genius! Those are gorgeous! Leave it to you to figure out how to make jewelry out of a box lid!!!

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  6. These are absolutely stunning - and very creative to boot! Can't wait to hear what you do with the little boxes (hmmmmm, shadow box ornament???)

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  7. These are absolutely stunning - and very creative to boot! Can't wait to hear what you do with the little boxes (hmmmmm, shadow box ornament???)

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  8. those pendants are fabulous! I'm going hunting for pretty topped boxes!

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  9. this is amazing and I'm so doing this! beautiful and easy,what could be better?

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  10. Gorgeous pendants Michelle! as always , so creative!

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  11. Oh, wow! That is so cool! Now you have three gorgeous pendants, lucky you!

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  12. Oh goodness, you went and did it again! Why did I know that your fingers weren't really bleeding from all the bead work? Because I knew you discovered something fabulous and had your way with it. My eyes will be wide open for something like this. Love these!

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  13. I would love to see how your brain works. Simply amazing!

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  14. these look super fancy and I always love jewelry that looks like it took hours to make but that only takes minutes. I also wanted to inform you that this post didnt show up on my blog reader I found it on craft gawker

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  15. Great idea. Always so satisfying to re-use items in a new context.

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  16. Awesome job! I like it! I have to share it on the jewelry making blog at Craft Gossip!

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  17. Gosh, you are good! Your creativity is on overdrive. LOVE IT!!!

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  18. OMG loving these pendants a lot.. so beautiful.. and the embroidery work is always fancy!! I like the first method with felt, but the boxes are soooooooooo cute... here in Pakistan these kind of boxes (in big sizes)are usually used during weddings/festivals for the wedding treats and gifts.. but love the small size too :)

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  19. This has to be one of my favorite projects of yours. All the pendants look great!

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  20. Just wanted to let you know I featured your tutorial on the jewelry making blog at Craft Gossip! http://jewelrymaking.craftgossip.com/fancy-embroidered-pendants-tutorial/2013/09/25/ The necklaces are lovely!

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  21. And did you know you can color aluminum duct tape with alcohol inks? There's something called a marbling technique to use on your tape, it's gorgeous! -Patricia in Seattle

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  22. gorgeous! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday! Love that aluminum duct tape too, it's fab for crafting.

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  23. This is so ingenious it physically hurts me. I've admired bead embroidery since before I got into jewelry making, but am crap at sewing. So this right here is freaking fantabulous.

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  24. Oh wow, those are just brilliant Michelle, and of course beautiful! (You don't do anything else, do you?)

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