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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Some Mother's day ideas...

This week my daughter was in town and she wanted to make this necklace for my Mother's day gift. So we figured out what we needed and went to an antique store to find some vintage jewelry.   We then went to Jo Ann's to buy some cording and clasps.  When we got back home we realized we needed a bigger flower for the necklace.  I had some Sculpey clay and decided it would be easier to make a flower than to go and find the exact one we would need. I made several little round balls and flattened them out to make the petals and just layered them until I had something that resembled a flower.
I then added an antique button to make the impression before I baked it.

I took the button out while it baked in a 275 degree oven for about 35 minutes.

We used 18 inches of drapery cord for the neck lace part and then added some clasps that  wrapped around the cording and bent them with needle nosed pliers. (you have to be careful that the cording does not unravel while doing this, I added a little piece of clear tape to wrap the ends.)

After the flower that was baking cooled I sprayed the flower with ivory Krylon spray paint. Then I used
9001 adhesive to attach the antique button.  I also attache the antique earrings that we found with the same adhesive and let it dry.

After the adhesive has dried , I found that the necklace did not stay in place so I added some felt to the back of the embellishments glued it to the felt and then trimmed the felt so you can't see it. This made all the difference in how straight your necklace will lay.
This one had too much of a space between the earrings so I added another set in between the two.
I will show you that a little later. I also had a silver rope chain and some more earrings that I had bought because of the pretty jewels that were on them

I took apart the earrings and added them to the rope chain.

I used the same adhesive, it is really strong when it dries. 

Didn't it turn out cute!
It was my birthday this week and my daughter made this necklace for me out of beads and black cording. This picture is kind of blurry, Sorry, I will try and get a better view.

She also made this cute shrug from fabric and added the some kind of beads to the center of the flower.

And earrings to match! I wore them today and I felt like the birthday girl!

A close up of the flower.

Here is the full length pic. Thanks for the birthday gift, I love it!

Here is the cording necklace with the added jewelry to the gaps around the larger flower.

Here is the silver cord necklace with "sparklies" on it!

They both turned out so cute and we made one for each other for Mother's day.

They are quite easy to do the longest part in making the necklace is finding the jewels to put on them but I love to go to antique shops so that pretty much was the fun part!

Hooking up here:


Comeca Jones said...

Very nice!

no spring chicken said...

Gorgeous again Donene! And obviously you shared your crafty genes with your daughter. How generous of you!

Blessings, Debbie

Janelle said...

Visiting from Today's Creative Blog. I love all the accessories you posted! So beautiful!

Natalia Lynn said...

Wow, I love this! they look beautiful and so fancy, you would never guess you made them!

Unknown said...

That clay flower is gorgeous! What a great idea for a personal gift for someone.

Pollyanna said...

I love the clay flower necklace, delightful. But when I have made things out of sculpy and then sprayed them with enamel spray paints like Krylon, as you mentioned, my items have stayed sticky. Did this happen with yours? You did bake yours longer than I have in the past, so maybe that's my problem.

Kara said...

Your necklaces are really cute...I love them! You guys did a great job creating them!

Kara said...

Your necklaces are really cute...I love them! You guys did a great job creating them!

Julianna said...

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Jami said...

Fabulous necklaces!! Sounds like you and your daughter had a fun weekend! Thanks so much for sharing at the Tuesday To Do party! Looking forward to seeing what you've been up to this week!

Unknown said...

Thanks for linking up to Make & Share. This necklace is awesome! I really love that you ended making it with clay. I see a broach in my near future!

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