Wednesday, January 28, 2009

vintage sheet music

The assignment this week for Shades of Inspiration, is vintage paper. Oh, what a perfect theme to show you the finished piece of jewelry I worked on and posted about right after returning from our Christmas holiday. You may remember that the wrapped beads were inspired by Deryn Mentock's article in Belle Armoire Jewelry called Wrap It Up. Her online tutorial, further showing how to make these little jewels called wrapped links, was an excellent step by step for those of you who didn't get to buy the magazine!
I used vintage sheet music for some of my wraps, which I first covered with Golden gel medium. This will protect your precious vintage paper.
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Last night I finished a pair of earrings to go along with Nancy's necklace, using smokey quartz briolettes and gorgeous czech crystals bought from Z Beads in the West University area of Houston. Don't they look like ice cream with a chocolate swirl and caramel? They actually have a vein of violet and tuquoise colors running thru them. They are scrumptious!





I took a few more pictures making a prop out of some vintage journal paper I had rolled and tied with vintage dupioni silk. It normally pokes out of an antique vase I have in our spare bedroom. I bought this paper more than a year ago from my now very good friend Colette Copeland. I have used it alot in my art. When I turned the charm over, I was totally surprised. I had forgotten I had also used vintage sheet music on the back! Oh, I couln't have planned it better than that. Life is good.

11 comments:

Tammy's Treasure Chest said...

I LOVE the necklace! There's something about old paper...I also love the earrings and they do look good enough to eat!

Daryl said...

Love the old paper and how you incorporated it into your designs!

A bird in the hand said...

I am so glad I lugged that big, heavy, ledger over from Ireland (in my backpack!!)

The necklace and the earrings are, as they say in French, sublime! (pronounced su-bleem). xxoo

Tina said...

Love this!! we've started getting Paper Cowgirl together, come check us out! tina

Jackie said...

I just saw this on flickr on Shades of Inspiration - I love it - so beautiful and creative and the earrings are fantastic too - I love your jewelery!!

Deryn Mentock said...

Oh, isn't this lovely?! Your wrapped links are stunning, Diane!

Beth Quinn said...

love love love these !!! i am adding you to my links too !! thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog !! keep in touch !!
xo,
beth

Diana said...

Love your new creations...the earrings are wonderful! I just love old, old, old paper....the smell, the beautiful writing, the history and the tea stained look...yummy! Kudos to you my friend!
Diana

kansasrose said...

This is an amazing piece! I left an award for ya on moonlasso you Texas cowgirl you! :)

your dd, melanie said...

BEAUTIFUL! And, you got to work with your two favorites: music and *jewels*!
Delish! ... Off to find me a scoop of Blue Bell's Buttered Pecan! =)

Susan Tuttle said...

gorgeous jewelry as always -- and i am loving your photos of them -- great presentation. Loving the out of focus and vignette effects.

xo