My sissy is a vintage jewelry expert. She collects a wide variety of beautiful pieces and I've learned an appreciation about the subject from shopping with her or looking through her vast, luscious piles and stacked boxes of precious pretties.
I've long admired her "Pool of Light" beads, without really knowing what they were,thinking just pretty little crystal ball type dangles.
Then I did some research about the balls, here is one thing I found:
For thousands of years this optically clear quartz has been used as gemstones because of its enchanting ability to absorb and affect light in the way that it does. Images viewed through genuine rock crystal balls appear to be reversed or upside down. They are brilliant, luminous and will be a conversation piece wherever worn. These literal works of art are finely crafted and are from turn of the century.
I also found out that they were very expensive. And felt a bit guilty about buying them from her for a couple bucks. But I'd already made a necklace for myself, and one for a birthday coming up for some one else.
And I did NOT want to take off my necklace!!
And that didn't seem like enough, so I foofed up a box for her too. Its an old jewelry box, and to the top, I added text that included the word "prism" (seemed fitting) and a die cut rose. Over that, I smeared modelling paste, let that dry and added ink.
To the interior, I glued text to the inside lid, and a tiny die cut rose over that.
Next, I layered hand writing from a ledger page, that had been waxed, so had a nice, transparent quality, and scraped it away from the rose under it, and glued a teensy millinery posey under that.
Its inspiring to have beautiful baubles to work with, so I was on a roll.
I did a bit of painting that day, too. I'm not done with this one, I'm adding some 3d wings to her too.
Last day to enter the drawing for the bird themed collage! Drawing is Saturday.
I'll leave you with some photos of newer listings in the Boutique.