Monday, 26 April 2010

Pearly necklace and earrings

A while back when I asked what you would like to see more on the blog most answers were: tutorials, jewelry and scrapbooking. I really took it to heart and I'm trying to make more tutorials. As for scrapbooking I treated myself with a colourprinter for my 30:th. When it comes to jewelry I've been quite busy too. So busy actually that I have a couple of things to show you and it's not just jewelry :) I'll prolong it though and post one project a day. I'm not so much on the net anymore as it takes all my time and energy. I try to be creative instead and now that it's such a wonderful weather I found myself knitting a while on the balcony today!

Anyhee. Here is a set I totally love. I usually wear silver, but this is one of the few gold-coloured items I have. I actually found the necklace pendant at a thrift store (love to shop at those!) It came with the pearls I think, but the necklace was broken. I added the little facetted golden pearls and the pearl clasp. Unfortunatelly it's not so easy finding good jewelry at those shops anymore. I think it has to do with the fact that it's become so trendy to shop at those stores and maybe even due to the econnomy. The only time I have a chance of finding something for what I want to pay is when it's broken and many places don't sell broken things.

When it comes to the earrings I got the beads at a sale (where else, lol) and they had the exact same nuance. It's actually a VERY easy construction, but the result is stunning, don't you agree? I'm working on a pair in purple/pink and silver at the moment. They do get a tiny bit heavy pulling at the earlobe holes which I think looks very unattractive so I'm thinking about fastening them to those stick earring thingies instead, you know those that go right through the hole, instead of the hook. (can't remember what they are called or maybe I don't even know?)

I meant to enter a contest with this set. The contest was to design a necklace and a pair of earrings for Victoria - the swedish crownprincess that is getting married this summer. Well, she wouldn't actually be wearing the winner's design - it was just the theme of the contest. Unfortunatelly I found the contest too late because it said in the rules that about 50% of the items had to come from the shop that organized it. I didn't have enough time to get my things, design something and send in my entry. So instead I designed a set with similar pearls I knew she had in her shop. I mean round pearly beads don't differ that much. So after I sent in my entry she contacted me saying she couldn't find me as one of her customers. I then explained my thought behind it that I did it due to lack of time and said I would be happy to order the similar beads from her shop (so I wouldn't miss the deadline) She answered quite "angryly" and said that it's not how it works and cited the rules to me. I thought it was a bit silly. I mean I understand the idea behind it. It should be fair to everyone, but at the same time she said no to a new customer that would spend at least $20-30. I was a bit perplexed because I thought the whole idea with the contest was to get people to buy more from her shop. I'm slightly annoyed and will take away the link to her shop from my blog. And I'll definately won't buy from her. She didn't have that much to start with anyway. I'm regretting sending it in and giving her the idea. Maybe it's a bit pety, but I can't help feeling this way.

Oh, if you're reading this far and you'd like to see a tutorial of the earrings just leave a comment and I'll see what I can do :)

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Love crafts forever said...

I love making jewelry too. You did good job.

Monika Reeck said...

Your earrings is soo adorable dear Katarina...

May I ask you....have you already send the Birthday candy ?? cause the Post man never bring something for me from you...I only hope it is not loose on the way to my home dear...hugs, Monika

DonnaMundinger said...

Gorgeous set! Would be perfect for a crownprincess, so elegant and vintage looking. Too bad about the contest entry. I've often wondered about that sort of thing, like would people know if I bought the supplies there. Guess they do check, but to be rude and not let you participate when you offered to buy from her is unforgiveable! xxD