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I fell in love with a bought an antique Art Nouveau broken silver plated belt on eBay several years ago purely because of the Green Man masks on each section.

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I knew they would make gorgeous pendants/necklaces but I only got round to it the other day when I unearthed a damaged silver chain which was the perfect weight and patina to work with the panels.

There was just enough chain to make two necklaces.  The loops at the top of the panel were perfect to attach the chain, but that still left the loops at the bottom, which looked a bit odd without anything attached, so to the first one I added a drop with green cat’s eye beads, silver colour leaf beads and a central silver and abalone shell pendant from an odd earring, all threaded onto a length of silver wire.

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For the second one I used an odd labradorite earring drop, two labradorite beads on oxidised silver wire and a tiny length of silver chain to make the drop.

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They were a delight to make and can be found here and here in my Etsy shop.

Then only a few days later, I was looking for something else when I found some vintage embroidered linens in the back of a cupboard. Among them were two napkins, one quite badly holed and inspiration struck again! I cut them into sections for brooches or pendants and added to each one a hoop from various bits of odd vintage jewellery – bangles and earrings. The result…

 

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…three brooches: large Daisy Spray, medium Daisy Wreath and small Golden Daisy

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…and two pendants: Red Bellflower on the left and Brown Daisy on the right.

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For each one, I laminated two circles of buckram together and gathered the embroidered piece of fabric over it to stiffen it and did the same with a plain piece for the back. Then I hand stitched the circles together with the assorted hoops/bangles sandwiched in between to give the whole thing stability. I used a variety of stitches including herringbone stitch, ladder stitch, beaded ladder stitch and chain band (below) to give an attractive finish to the edges.

DSCN8948.JPGIt then depended on whether the hoop I used already had an integral loop or not whether the finished piece became a pendant or brooch.  Lots of fun but not appreciably more space in that cupboard – two napkins go a long way!

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We have a local garden centre which after lengthy negotiations has finally sold out to big business and will shortly be demolished to add more huge superstores to our local out of town shopping area. They have a large craft department and when I drove past a few weeks ago to see a banner with the magic words ‘75% off all stock’ I couldn’t resist!

By the time I got through the doors, everything was very, very well picked over, but the girls and I went methodically digging like hardened boot sale veterans, going for all sorts of weird and wonderful things that we wouldn’t normally have bought, but which at a quarter of the price on the label were a snip.

At the checkout, the till rang up almost £300, which was a nasty moment until the final buttons were pressed and our huge hoard came in at a mere £70 odd. In fact, the girls and I got so excited about our treasures, including: gel mediums, beads, findings, journaling tags, inks, water colour pencils, lino, stencils, embossing medium, card, paper, stickers, fabric dyes, buttons etc. etc that we went back the next day too! They were moving out some of the shop fittings and I discovered that all sorts of things had fallen under and behind them – packs of acrylic paints, canvases, pens and pencils, even a whole box of watercolour pads. We stocked up big time!! In fact, another £80+ big time. I do love bargains and even more when it gives me the opportunity to experiment with things I wouldn’t normally buy.

Time to play and turn a 1927 York Minster Pilgrim’s Book I bought in a second hand book shop into an altered book with some of my new goodies.

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First, embossing paste through a brass medieval style stencil I already had.

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Then I used a leafy stencil on some off-cuts of card…

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…which made me think of leafy Green Man heads, so I googled a picture of one of the York Green Men, printed it out and used a gel transfer medium to transfer the image onto the page.

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I like the slightly distressed fragmented look. I used the embossed leaf sections to frame the page, gave it a wash of green water-based oil pastels and then enhanced the Green Man With ink pens and shimmer watercolour in copper.

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Something very different and so much fun. My middle one is altering a book too and we’ve agreed to put aside an hour on a Friday after school to work on our creations and share ideas and supplies. Looking forward to some hopefully ring-fenced creative time.

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