- love the idea of but can't stand one or more of the component parts (and therefore don't wear)
- not very fond of (and hence have never been worn)
- love, but the style, colour, metal don't love me (again - a recipe for never being worn).
There are some pieces in there that don't fit any of these categories because they're lovely and suit me - I guess we'll just have to blame laziness or lack of outfit co-ordination abilities for not wearing these pieces very often (although I am trying).
Realising that before I create too many more things to stuff into the jewellery box - undoubtedly never to be worn either - I thought I would put some of my new skills to good use and try to adapt some of my existing collection into things I am more likely to wear. And so the box was upended onto the bedspread and I did some sorting.
Some changes have been minimal - links taken out of earrings to shorten them or changing those pesky lobster claw clasps to toggles (I'm not a fan of the lobster claw and my fingers stubbornly refuse to undo the things). There were these two Maori pendants that I simply love but that were on the traditional waxed braids which, frankly, looked a bit tatty and cheap. No respecter of tradition, I've put a silver bail on each pendant and can now hand them from any chain.
So much better!
I forgot to take a 'before' shot of the next necklace. I have no memory of where or who I got it from (sorry!), but the green shells were strung with some very ugly, dark beads. Never has it been more satisfying to get the wire cutters out and destroy a necklace! I'm fairly sure I will never re-use the dark beads although they have been saved just in case, but there is just a chance that I will wear this:
Green shells with fake pearls and seed beads.
Seed beads are not my favourite things in the world after this project. I bought some to try out braiding with beads and got very, very fed up stringing them. However, the braiding experiment worked - I just need to work out what I'm doing with it now:
Back to my jewellery box... and I couldn't resist some of the local semi-precious stone: sodalite. It's effectively lapis lazuli without the gold flecks of pyrite and it's mined in great quantities in this province I made this fairly chunky necklace and bracelet out of the sodalite, some black onyx and some spacer beads - I like the look of it, but I may get those wire cutters out and re-do it so that there are fewer of those large discs. Somehow it doesn't sit quite right at the moment:
That's the great thing about your own jewellery - you can change it as often as you like!!