Monday, June 22, 2009

Yes, my NEW SAMPLER DESIGN photos are below, but....

I wanted your input on something. So, I'm posting again.

I've gotten into the habit, and what a fun habit it is, of going up to Adamstown, Pennsylvania each Sunday to visit the flea markets and search for treasures for my jewerly. Yesterday I found the cooooooolest thing! It's an old sterling vase brooch. There's a slot in the rim where you can insert something (like live flowers?). I spent hours playing with this last night. I had found some sterling rose chain a couple weeks ago. I took the loops off of three of the roses, drill holes in the edge and attached each one to sterling silver wire. Then I permanently attached the wires into the vase. I love how it turned out!


Since then, I've just been thinking about what to do with this next. I want to make a necklace with it and attach chain/beads/stone/whatever from the vase handles. I've been weighing my options and find I need opinions other than my own. So, here are some options:

This is some gorgeous antique rosary chain I also found yesterday. They are blue crystal beads between sterling bead caps, hooked together to make a chain. I really like this with the vase. You?


Then there's this. This is the original sterling rose chain from which I swiped the roses for the vase. That might look cool too. Do you think?


And then I was thinking that some old mother of pearl beads might look good with it. They would keep it kind of natural and earthy. Or do you not like natural and earthy for this piece?


And then, I thought, well why not do a little of everything. But would that be too much?
Any input you can give me would be greatly appreciated!

11 comments:

Anna van Schurman said...

Everything, but I like too much.

farmgirl beth said...

I vote for the Mother of Pearl... I love the look of pearls and old silver together. I think that they set each other off to absolute perfection.

And I must say that I am constantly finding myself jealous of your "finds". There is nothing even close to the cool things you find out here in the West. Boo hoo. :)

Sandy said...

Oh, I think a combination of the rosary beads and the roses would look very rich. I can't wait to get Frederika to go with Frederick, I love those birds!

April Mechelle said...

I like the Rosary and the rose's chain together. I think that would equal out the size of the brooch.
I wish I could find good things here in Alabama...

Margaret said...

I like the rosary beads and rose chain best too. Either by themselves or in combination. Gorgeous stuff!

stitcher2 said...

I like the rosary beads with the vase best, second choice would be the mother of pearl...roses and pearls just go together for me.

Alice said...

I would stick with the original sterling rose chain. You are not colour bound by it like with the rosary beads and the problem with pearls are that you cannot wear it with just anything. I like the romantic roses all over theme.
Alice

Deb said...

I vote for the rose chain too.

Melissa said...

I like the first one! I like having that colour introduced but also have the 'metal' to complement the design.

ps I am really looking forward to Fredericka!

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

I love the blue rosary beads and saw it attached to the handles even before I read your blog. But that's just me. CJ ok;-)

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

I have to say that I agree with Melissa and for the same reasons.
I love the addition of blue with old silver but also because it has the metal accents to complement the focal point.

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