I believe I actually like to send packages more than receive them! But, you've got to know, I've been tested on this the past two weeks.
I decided I needed a matching pair. Now I have two hearts! And, this week's theme on Shades of Inspiration are Hearts, of course!
Sometimes I wish I had more than one. One that could not be broken. One that couldn't be hurt. I must admit I have a tender trusting heart. I see only the good in people. I want to believe that their intentions are pure. But, in reality, that is not always true.
This piece is part of my sister's series of necklaces.
I started with an original soldered charm, which holds a scanned cabinet card taken from my stash of family photos. I added a bit of stamping and paint to the photo before soldering. It dangles freely from a brass bullet~a gift fom my dear husband. I've soldered an oxidized sterling silver finding on top of the bullet. From it dangles a hand-linked chain with a faceted Crystal Quartz bead. Using steel wire, I've wire-wrapped Swarovski crystal squaredells and rondells, Czech glass and Crystal Quartz beads. There is also a couple of Bali sterling silver findings in the mix, holding more Czech glass beads.
The curly ribbons hanging from the bullet, are vintage hand dyed Italian ribbon I bought at the International Quilt Festival last October. It is a mix of soft peach, acid green, and a soft blue. I've added a piece of steel blue cotton lace on the bullet top, and in the ribbon dangle. But, my most favorite piece in the necklace, is the vintage rhinestone clasp. I bought it online from Etsy seller, Cluttered Mind. Valentine's Day is just around the corner!