another really easy project with fun results is to find an old decanter label (they hang around the neck of the bottle on a short chain, and are inscribed with the bottle's contents--vodka, gin, rye, whiskey, etc.). usually they are silver or silver-plate and sometimes porcelain. all you have to do is remove the original chain and replace it with a chain, wire, or cord of your choice so you can use it as a pendant.
it's a fun item to wear (and a good way to advertise your favorite spirit ) i made one for my old roommate who worked at a high-end jewelry company--even everybody there loved it.
you can find vintage silver ones at flea markets for as little as $20-30, and silver-plated ones even cheaper. some antique ones are very valuable, so don't use those!!
will try to post pictures of a couple of mine tonite.
i might go and check ebay to see if theres any it looks pretty esp with the detail framing the engravement... i'd rather be labeled with my favourite spirit than my name someone might take the hint and buy me one.
"It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion. that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure." - Coco Chanel
So, I have been making my own beaded jewelry for some time now, and I always see pieces that I love, but I KNOW I can make. So, here are some things that I would like to make by myself - and if you have any ideas how to make them - let me know
my question on this one, is how does the band stay in place that doesn't go through the gold circle piece? - (I hope this makes sense)
- IMAGE FROM SHOPINTUITION.COM
my question on this one, is how you tie the string so you can loosen it and tighten it --> if there are any instructions online that would be great!
- IMAGE FROM SHOPINTUITION.COM
I don't know how you do the loosen and tightening one (I'm sure someone else will know this)
But the one at the top looks really simple, you slip the gold bead on a string of leather then you make a loop where the bead is and then pull the ends of the string through the loop to secure that knot (I'm sure that there is a name for this knot which might make it easier for you to search for some how-to pictures...because I don't think my instruction was very good :/)
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The top one isn't hard, I just did it with an electric guitar cable around a post on my computer desk. It's more or less a simple loop knot but the one end goes around the gold circle thing and then that same end goes back through the original knot. I'd take pictures but I'm stuck on dial-up for a while, so it's too painful to upload.
The second knot is a taut-line hitch, used for pitching huge tents or securing cargo. It's also a close relative to the noose:
As far as the ends of the top one, you can run your material through electrical terminals used for cars. You can get a huge box of terminals in all sizes and the terminal pliers for under $10. Really easy to use.
Last edited by fourboltmain; 25-09-2008 at 02:40 AM.