Monday, March 22, 2010

New Necklaces with Old Charm

I simply LOVE to collect trinket and little things! I started collecting boxes to put the little things inside of, so I obviously had an excess of tiny treasure. I began to choose items that seemed to group together by a theme or era, and it was only a matter of time before the call of jewelry convinced me it was time to craft some charm necklaces. It's trash to treasure assemblage art with a mix of re-claimed jewelry, genuine antiques and weird collectibles. The most recent addition to the charming collection of different pieces I've made is shown below, and I just think it's great fun!

Edwardian Butterfly Five Necklace

This necklace is about the shift from old ways to the new; effects of change brought on flapping wings of the proverbial butterfly in Peking scenario. The Edwardian style broadly encompasses the years of 1901 through 1919, as do most of the parts of this necklace. In America this era was known as the Gilded or Progressive Age. The start of the 1900's brought the dawning of a new age with a new attitude toward life, social change and tremendous technological advances around the world. The key to the future is hindsight upon the past, so I've included a skeleton key from the early Victorian era, which preceded the Edwardian period. Nature elements also contrast with the industrial in this necklace, but at the center of it all is a pub token because amidst it all we've got to remember to relax! This necklace invites the wearer to toy with the charms, sparking the imagination to create a story all their own.

Steampunk Magic Charms Handmade Necklace

Old Steampunk Charm Handmade Long Collar Necklace

I hope you'll enjoy browsing my handmade jewelry as much as I enjoy crafting the pieces!
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