My Amelie-inspired necklace:Quirky Cute Fun a la France
The Backstory: I was "commissioned" yesterday afternoon to make some jewelry for a friend of my DH's, whose birthday party we were to attend that night. I do not know the girl and he could not remember if she has pierced ears, so I went for a necklace and had him pull up the birthday girl's My Space page so I could get some idea of her personality, style, interests. She had listed Amelie
as one of her favorite movies and I had a "Eureka, I have a gnome figurine!" moment.
From there I was off and running with a French flag color theme, hearts for the romantic element, the two windmills for the restaurant where the title character worked, and two quotes from the movie: vous n'avez pas des or de verre
(you do not have bones of glass)
etmeme des artichauts ont des coeurs
(even artichokes have hearts)
I made the hearts, windmills and quotes beads (including the closure findings) from no. 6 plastic, Sharpied and oven-shrunk. I love, love, love the way the text came out:
I shall leave you now with the obligatory 'action' shot for a sense of scale. (See how tiny the quotes script is?)
p.s.: This was a project of many firsts for me: making my own jump rings (need practice, hate the plastic coated wire I unwittingly picked up); making shrunken plastic beads (literally shrieked at the test batch's cuteness); Dremelling and drilling away at a plastic figurine (disturbingly fun.) So feedback is appreciated.