Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mid-Week Mutterings - Another, "I Need Something to Wear for Work" at the Last Minute Post

Monday the weather got cold enough to get out a sweater. I wore a white cotton cable knit over a gray polo and topped that off with a gray and white tweed blazer. I decided to wear my Toolbox Treasures pendant with it.

The remaining question was what other accessories to use. I have to wear a badge for work and, of course, I try to always wear one of my own creations as the lanyard for it. I wasn't crazy about how any of the ones I'd already made went with the necklace. So, with about 30 minutes left before I had to get out the door, I opened up my gunmetal chain box and stared at the choices for a minute.

Decided on the chain I wanted to use, which I bought at Michael's ages ago - from the Lost and Found (Blue Moon) collection. To make the lanyard, first I put a gunmetal jump ring and lobster claw to each end of the chain - I don't remember for certain where I got these, but they are both available at Rings & Things and I think these were from there, too. Then I put a gunmetal split ring on an extra large gunmetal lobster claw, (both definitely purchased from Rings & Things - I kept the labels), to hold the badge loop. By hooking both of the small lobster claw finished ends through the split-ring, I now have a badge lanyard necklace that took probably 10 - 15 minutes at most to make:

For earrings, I just took two small sections of the leftover lanyard chain and hooked them to ear wires. This took about 5 minutes, at most.

All I needed now was a bracelet. This time I used the same chain (more Lost and Found by Blue Moon, purchased at Michael's) that I'd hung the Toolbox Treasure pendant on, added the jump rings and lobster claw clasp. To finish it, I put two Tim Holtz Sprockets, picked up on a whim at Michael's the other day, on a large oval light gunmetal (looks more like pewter, actually) jump ring and strung the two chains through the jump ring. Ten minutes? Maybe a tad more if you count hunting out all the right parts from the boxes I store them in.

I made it out of the house in time, by the way.

The whole set:

I'm probably going to re-work the earrings and the bracelet - thinking of maybe adding some small clockwork/gear bits on the earrings, and something colorful to the bracelet. If I can remember to get to a hardware store for nuts and bolts and washers, those will be incorporated. Haven't decided on whether I want to change the lanyard, though. I kind of like it as it is. I'll post pics of any re-work when it happens.

See you tomorrow!

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Blogger Dave Robertson said...

This is a neat angle -- showing how great jewelry can be whipped together on a moment's notice. What a constructive start to the day!


October 15, 2009 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Thanks, Dave! The next post (today's) is about two *more* pieces done just before I needed them. I could plan ahead more, but sometimes I don't know what I'm going to wear until I get up and decide what kind of day it's going to be (and the weather isn't always a factor!)

October 15, 2009 at 7:54 AM  

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