A couple of weeks ago during one of my thrift store shopping sprees, I spotted these salt and pepper shakers.
I certainly didn't want them as shakers but decided to take a closer look anyway. When I discovered they were sporting the weekly 50% off colored ticket, the bargain hunter in me took over. I placed them in my cart, shopped a little longer and by the time I was through the check out I had created this design in my head!
The process for this pendant was really quite simple. First things first, I needed something solid to support the silver caps. I headed into the garage and was ecstatic to find a wood dowel that fit perfectly - how often does that happen? Hubby was kind enough to cut it to the right length for me before he took off to work. Such a great man!!
I glued the dowel into place with E600 (love that glue!) and then covered it with just the perfect section of a decorative paper (why is the perfect spot always in the middle of the paper?). I glued the rhinestone chain into place and applied ICE resin in three very thin coats. It does run so I had to rotate it quite often as it hardened.
For the final touch I forged a wire into a U-shape, inserted it through the tiny holes in the top cap, finished off the U with decorative curls and wire wrapped a large handmade jump ring to it. Since the pendant is kinda girly-girl, I thought it should be accented by an equal amount of femininity consisting of delicate silver chain, rhinestone chain and sheer ribbon. I knotted all three strands together in a few places and finished them off with a handmade hook clasp.