Thursday, September 16, 2010

MMM: I Have Been Wanting To

"To Market"
Cabinet card necklace
(may be enlarged to show detail)

I know, I know. I am so late! But I still wanted to participate in this week's Mixed Media Monday challenge which asks us to try something that we have always wanted to do. Well, I have been wanting to do one of those tiny collage necklaces for the longest time, and when I found the Inkssentials line of Memory Frames and Glass, I knew what I was going to do. . . 

The cool thing about the size of the frame (1.5 x 1.5") is that I was able to feature a small cabinet card I recently found that reminds me of my Grandmother Lydia. She must have been about the same age as the girl in the picture, and the little pig charm in combination with the photograph reminded me of one of my favorite childhood stories. It goes like this: When my Grandma was a little girl, her Dad brought home a pig that he won in a poker game. It was the runt of the litter and, not knowing what to do with it, he brought it home and gave to his Daughter. Well, little Lydia loved that pig and treated it like a doll: she made a bed for it to sleep in, had an old stroller that she would take it for walks in and even had it drinking out of a bottle. It was her life. Until one day she came home for dinner and . . . well . . .times were tough back then and her little "baby" had grown large enough to become dinner. No warning from the parents, just, well, a meal. Needless to say, she never ate pork again. And I never forgot that story.

This piece was created using a cabinet card cut to size and enhanced with charcoal (around the embossed decorative edge). I pierced a hole into the bottom of the (cheap, pliable) frame with a craft knife before stringing the pig charm and Swarovski crystal bead with thin wire back into the interior of the frame. I tied a knot and cut it close before placing the frame back into position. When that was complete, I used sandpaper to distress the front and then applied small clear flat-back Swarovski crystals around the edge. Final touches included a casual chain 24" chain that was connected to the charm with a jump ring.

Thank you for looking - I hope to be more on the ball next week when the challenge is "Buttons". . . 

Kristin xo

13 comments:

Mandy said...

fabulous story and i would love to do one of those necklaces too...just adorable...one day maybe when i get my act together...xxx

missy k said...

I love your necklace and the story that goes with it makes it even more special.

It is a very nice feeling to finally get around to doing the things we want too!

Have a lovely weekend


Karenx

jenny said...

Wonderful story Kristin and gorgeous necklace...just love the pig charm too...

Jenny x

scrapwordsmom said...

Great story...what a cute idea. I love this and would love to create one of these some!

Joyce said...

I love this project! Where did you get the cabinet card? I'm thinking Xmas gifts!

Carin said...

So happy to see you back. Wondered where you were. Anyway, love the story Kristin and it's a gorgeous necklace!

Oxana said...

Very very beautiful!!!

Michelle said...

OMG?! THEY ATE HER PIG?!

.....scarred for life....

indie grrrl said...

what a story...... love the necklace! It holds a lot of meaning, that's for sure!!! :--)

Hermine said...

Its gorgeous

Nicola said...

This is gorgeous! Great story (although a bit sad) and beautiful piece! I just love watching your creativity grow and grow! I'd like to see you do more of this it's just great!

Diane said...

Wow, Kristin - this is an amazing little pendant. Love it - any you weren't all that late :-)

Emakesart said...

Hi my friend, missed seeing you around. Hope all is well. Wondering if you got my email.

Anyway, this is a great piece, and I love the meaning behind it. Love the crystals all around the frame. And how funny that we are on the same wavelength (of course). I posted jewelry this week too! How funny is that! Take care.

Esther