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The first circle I domed was a bit too small to use for the cocoon pendants and has been kicking about in my bits and pieces box for a while until I had a brainwave the other day for how to use it: as the centrepiece of a beaded brooch.

Twilight brooch 1

I used a piece of purple cotton and some frosted AB delicas in a bronzy-purple colour, stitching a circle around the base of the dome and then adding a slightly smaller circle on top to hold it in place. A further concentric circle gave it a bit of a frame and then I added a fringe with tiny pearl beads for accent.

Twilight brooch 2

As it’s so small (the centre section is only about an inch in diameter) I struggled to find a brooch back the right size. Fortunately another one of my vintage breakdowns yielded a dear little round back which fitted perfectly.

Twilight brooch 3

It came together in a matter of a couple of hours and is now in my Etsy shop here.

And don’t forget, that if you enter TOPAZ1 at the checkout from now until the 20th of December 2014 then you can get 20% off any item in my shop – vintage, upcycled or handmade jewellery. Last few days!

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Sometimes things stall so close to completion that you wonder later how and why you ran out of steam when so little more effort was needed to get a finish. This pendant is a case in point. When I finished my silversmithing course last year it was at this stage:

Pierced impressed pendant 1

 

All it needed was a piece of drilled sea glass to go in the hole and it was finished. It was at that point that I learned that drilling sea glass is an art and trying to drill a nugget the size of a very scrawny pea is an art currently beyond me. After a morning and several pieces of sea glass wasted, I gave up and decided that a bead would do fine.

But it wasn’t until last week that I actually bothered to go in search of a suitable bead and found some vintage faux pearls which graduate from a shade very close to the colour of the gilding metal to a soft verdigris green.

Pierced impressed pendant 2

It took all of 5 minutes to mount the bead on a headpin and then into the pendant. Another 5 minutes to find the hand-dyed ribbon I’d planned to go with it and 15 more to list it here in my Etsy shop.

Impressed pierced pendant 3

And the rest of the day wondering why I hadn’t done it months ago!

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For the background layer I used a lightweight variegated cotton perle from Jennifer Gail threads in a slightly darker shade to fill in the spaces.
Turquoise sea glass 1

I tried to weave the feather stitching both over and under the top layer.

Turquoise sea glass 2

Turquoise sea glass 3

Then it was time to start adding the beads. I pulled together a selection of about 4 small ones in shades of turquoise and blue, a couple of different colours of gold and copper small metallics, some very small pearl beads and a couple of larger turquoise/blue ones and using beading thread started to string them randomly to adorn the pieces of glass.

Turquoise sea glass 4

It’s challenging to try and bead the glass in different ways but still ensure the colours and shapes of the glass nuggets aren’t overwhelmed.

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