Monday, 31 October 2016

more finishing

As I mention, a lot, I've not been crafting much outside the classes I take with mum, but I have been doing something, I've been finishing a few things off.


I made these enamelled copper pieces at the Manor House hotel, 2 years ago now.  You can see the original post http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/manor-house-enamelling.html.  They have been lying in my jewellery WIP box ever since.  I'd open it, look at them, put them back and forget about them!  This time I took them out so I wouldn't forget and they sat on the table for a couple of months instead!


I made each one a different pendent, using various pieces of chain I have.  I often buy fancy chain at craft shows and this seemed a good use for it as it can overwhelm a beaded pendant.  I've forgotten how to spell pendant again.  I could have made kumihimo or beadwoven straps for them, but I quite like them simple.


In my last finishing post, I showed you that I'd finished this goldwork piece.  I had to order an embroidery hoop for it as I wanted a 4" hoop but only had 3" or 5" ones at home.  Then it took me an age to decorate it as I wanted to paint it but couldn't find my paints anywhere.  I still can't find them and, as I'm sitting here typing this, I remember where I put them!  Too late now.  I decopatched it instead.


I chose red, gold and silver papers and stuck then down in the same order each time.  I'm not sure if this will damage the embroidery, but then it's hardly a heirloom piece and I don't have any heirs anyway!


Finally, I finished these pieces.  I made a really long red kumihimo cord, then cut it into two.  I threaded a bell flower on the necklace piece and made the other piece into a double-wrap bracelet.  I'd be nice with some charms on it so I may add to it at some stage.  The necklace on the right was actually made by my friend Kerry, but the ribbon was too long.  I'm short and very chesty and long necklaces looks stupid on me and are probably dangerous with the way they swing!  I shortened it by a few inches and added new ribbon clasps.

Now I just need to buy some red clothes...

12 comments:

underatopazsky said...

That was a post with some serious eye candy! Love the enamelled pendants and the finished toadstools have some out really well. :o)

Melody said...

Fabulous finishes, I adore your enamel work

D1-D2 said...

I love how you finished your goldwork piece.

Christine Barnsley said...

Beautiful work Wendy.... I particularly like the goldwork embroidery and I love the way you finished the hoop! Have a good week! Christine x

Rachel said...

Yes, kumihimo is lovely, but sometimes it can overpower a pendant. I wouldn't expect decoupage paper to be especially acidic, so you should be fine. As you say, you didn't intend it to last 200 years!

Daisy Debs said...

Love your beautiful enamel work......I ,ve also been looking at your Mellerstain Parrots crewel work ..Wow ..I wish I could stitch as well as you ! :) x

pennydog said...

Wow how long have you had that resin pendant?! I like your decopatched hoop, I used to do that a lot and I don't remember anything gross happening.

Pamela said...

Great finishes. It must feel good to see the finished pieces you've made.

Jane Galley said...

It must feel good to get all these little bits and pieces finished, love the red collection. The decopatch frame is very effective, I like it and now you can enjoy seeing your toadstools on the wall

margaret said...

how good to finish so mnay ufos and they all look so good, very impressed with the decopage on the hoop makes it look so much better than just plain wood

Sarah in Stitches said...

Great finishings! I love the way you finished the goldwork piece. It looks lovely! :D

FlashinScissors said...

Great finishes! Love the Goldwork and your very imaginative way of finishing your hoop! I love your enamel work .... I'd like to make some one day! Your red collection are very pretty too!
Barbara x