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« on: April 04, 2008 06:26:56 PM »

I rather challenged myself with this challenge as I only had about 15 to 20 minutes to pick out the items at a local Dollar Tree when I ran out for lunch one day.  The first thing that caught my eye was a copper wire garden decoration.  It was a very simple thick wire dangle that was bent into shapes and wrapped around 3 marbles.

With that in hand, I quickly zipped through the craft, jewelry, stationery and toy sections.  Oh, and the silk flowers, too.  I ended up adding to the garden decoration thingy:
2 packs of beaded ribbon (one red and one green)
2 necklaces
a pair of earrings
2 packs of buttons (one opal-ish and one clear yellow)
a bundle of yarn
and a bush of silk flowers for a total of 10 items for $10. 

But I still have one earring, most of the yarn, most of the buttons, a few stalks of the silk flowers, and most of the garden decoration left.  The only items completely used up were the 2 beaded ribbons and one necklace, so the actual cost of the necklace is probably much closer to $3.50.  Well, maybe $4 as the only thing I added from my previous stash was bits of copper wire.  Probably less than a foot's worth though.

I gotta say... I am SO tempted to see what someone would be willing to pay for it!

close-up shots:

I realize that I managed to skip pointing out the yellow buttons I used.

Forgive this rather scary action shot:

and a part that I'm kinda proud of:

I have very long hair (below the tail bone) so often wear my hair up.  I hid the closure under the flower petals so it didn't look quite as blah when I wear my hair up.

I would really like feedback, please.  I've been playing around with jewelry making for a long time but this is the first of anything like this.  I had so much fun and it was a GREAT stress reliever and those alone were worth it.

Thanks for looking!

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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2008 06:31:00 PM »

This is so fun! You are very clever, and you did a great job. And we know someone will buy it!
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2008 08:58:19 PM »

I like it. I really like it.
If I wear necklaces or things like that, I want them as simplistic as possible, but this is sweet, and I'd wear it. I'm inspired to make something along these lines. Thanks for the great idea, you did a great job!  Smiley
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2008 09:31:01 PM »

That looks like SO MUCH FUN!! I've always liked those copper ornaments, but they always seemed to lack something. Tres cool!
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2008 01:58:56 AM »

This is gorgeous!! It's so difficult to make jewelry out of so many random things.
The other people made gorgeous things as well, but I think I would vote for you!  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2008 06:37:17 AM »

This really is SOO unique!  I love it.  I would LOVE to have something like this to wear at the Medieval Faire this coming year when I sell my flower head wreaths...it would be a PERFECT accessory for there as it looks natural and fits well with the overall theme of the Faire Smiley  Now you got my mind tickin' on that...Thanks for the inspiration!

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