Once at home with my box o' jewelry from Allie and Abby, I spread everything out on my table and started to play. The first necklace I got to work on was Allie's.
|All of Allie's original pieces from our initial meet up.|
|Sorry Mrs. Roper...|
|A mix of Allie's jewelry and mine. Gold daisy bracelet, white chain, floral silver brooch, and bird brooch were used in the final piece.|
|Several gold "Mrs. Roper" barrel connectors were removed from the white chain. The two silver chains neighboring the white one were also used.|
|Bird brooch with some chains attached.|
|Silver flower brooch with daisies attached.|
|First draft of the necklace before the red enamel chain and blue rosary chains were added. Dig the blue twist tie closure?|
After a few more revisions, we set a time to meet up for a final fitting and to add the clasp. We chose the IKEA cafeteria in New Haven. Allie was a real trooper coming in that day, with a relentless cold. It was great seeing her after all our emails and I was anxious for her to see the nearly completed piece. Soon after sitting down, Allie noticed that we were both wearing very similar scalloped Bakelite bracelets from the 40's (hers was off white...mine was green). We couldn't help but be amazed by the coincidence!
|Wonder Twin powers activate! Form of...a Bakelite bangle!|
|One of our mirror shots in the cafeteria.|
With Allie's input, we tweaked a few things. The red enamel chain was draped the front of the necklace and the rosary was attached to wrap around one side of the necklace. Since the handmade rosary chain was so delicate, it was anchored to a silver toned strand for support. It was so nice to have an extra set of hands across the table to help me manipulate this complex piece and only took a few attempts to get the chain lengths correct. Once happy with the final composition, I added the clasp and it was finally done. Allie looked amazing draped in her new necklace! We took advantage of the cool backdrops at IKEA and snapped some shots of her in different living rooms.
|Allie looking gorgeous in her Scandinavian surroundings.|
|Completed piece with red chain and blue rosary chain up the right side.|
(read here for part 3)