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.
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.
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!