Monday, May 4, 2009

Shaker Doll Necklace Finished!!!!!

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!! As, all of you know I went to take the Secret Shaker Doll Necklace Class from Diana Frey I was VERY NEW to jewelry design. This is something I have dreamed about doing but, had never tried. I did not finish my necklace in class (only one person did) & have worked on it at home MANY NIGHTS while watching TV (thus the need for the work station in the den). I finished it last week. Wore it ONE DAY & tore some of it apart. Here is the detail of the original shaker. I had used head pins & was afraid that one yank while wearing it & some of the head pins could pull out or break. I had too many things that were special to me on this necklace. The KEY from Pat , the MERMAID CHARM from Lu Lu , chains from my friends met in class (Diana Salvucci & Susan Hunt), along with other beautiful things I had picked up here & there.
Here is the finished necklace the first time. See the large oval piece at the top. Loved the old clip & used it for a clasp but, it was too large & made the entire necklace out of balance when I wore it. This piece needed to be used in a different way on a different piece. So.... OFF it came & the search was on for something different to achieve a better balance.
You can see the clip a bit better here. Also, that black stone is beautiful with flecks of blue metallic that just glisten when the light hits it.
Here you can see the sterling silver salt spoon that I used to add interest to this piece. I had found it in an Antique store in Dallas & wanted to include it. Drilling the holes in it was interesting! Tools I have never used before & am still leery about. Diana says she was the same way & this will pass.
Here is the finished necklace on my mannequin after it was redone.
A little closer shot. Also, you can see the earrings I made to go with the necklace. Sorry the pink pin sticks out so much. I didn't think about that when I was doing the photos. Next time I will try to be more aware.
The new clip that I used had rhinestones in it & was round not oval. Also, not as large in scale.
Some links of silver were used to make the clasp since the rhinestone was wired on. I used a Blue/Grey Pearl, Natural Pearl, & Black beads to bring out the colors of the doll. Her hair being black & her eyes being blue.
Here is the close up of the redone Shaker. If you look closely at the items they are wired with a coil wrap instead of the looser head pins. I feel much more secure now. I hope you enjoy seeing my first attempt at jewelry design. I LOVED THIS! And can't wait to do some more designs. Diana has come up with another class that I hope to take in July.


The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Charlene....I LOVE THIS!!! It's just beautiful!!! You learned so much from your class...gorgeous, gorgeous....hope you're having a great week sweetie, xxoo, Dawn

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

I LOVE the necklace. And the changes you made were great. I think you are going to be GREAT at making jewelery. Can't wait to see what all you come up with. I went through some of my jewelery and I found 2 sets of blue earring and a braclet. I'll bring them this weekend. I'm still painting and waxing and packing. AND PRAYING for sunshine Saturday.

sepiadreams said...

Love it!!!! Hugzzz..Tiina...

Collected Treasures said...

OH MY....this looks divine...can't wait to actually get to touch it as I always have to do when I am bonding with something :) I love your new header, but loved the old one as well.....are you setting anything up Friday with Pat or everything Saturday......Sunshine on my Mind! xxoojana

Coastal Sisters said...

I am so honored that my charm was included in this GEORGEOUS necklace! You are definitely going to do extremely well with designing jewelry because you have a great eye for detail.

Well Done!! ~*Golf Clap*~


Coastal Sisters said...

OMG I didn't spell GORGEOUS right!!!! YIKES!!!!! LOL, my parents would be very upset to know that they spent a chunk of change on my education and I can't even spell!!..Bleh!! *giggle*

Have a great day!


Alisa said...

Charlene, one word... amazing! Wow girl, good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new (including tools)!
The necklace is gorgeous!

sonia said...

Oh My, Charlene! This is so fabulous. I absolutely LOVE it! I have never seen anything like this. I know you will enjoy it for many years to come. I can hardly wait to see your next creation!
Thanks for dropping by to see me!
Blessings, Sonia

Diana said...

Bravo, Charlene! Your necklace turned out fabulous and the changes you made were right on....good eye girl! Love your new banner.

Charlene said...


sylvia said...

i love the jewelry and the doll!! They are so nostalgic!!

diane said...

What a great job. I know you feel proud of your work, and you should!
Yes, we must get together soon =)

Brenda said...

I love all the sweet elements you used here! So nostalgic.

Marie Reed said...

Wow! Your necklace is pure glamour! I love the length! It's pure style!

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