I've been kind of busy behind the scenes this past month that I haven't posted. Besides the lace cards that I posted about earlier, I have completed my first "reliquary style" necklace.
This one is called "The Lacemaker". It features an image from an 1800's painting by Thomas Woolner of a lady making bobbin lace.
I sewed tiny vintage mother of pearl buttons around her, and added a bit of vintage lace at the bottom. I don't know if you can tell, but her image is cut out and layered in front of the background for a three-dimensional look.
The backside has a quote from William Blake "The busy bee has no time for sorrow.", and appropriately, a brass bee.
The whole thing is done on a fancy hand-oxidized brass chain with vintage glass beads and vintage carved celluloid embellishments. As this was the first one of these I've made, it took ten times longer than it should have. But now that I know the process, there will be more of them coming soon. This one will be available later today in my Etsy "Fancylinda" shop, along with a couple other pieces of jewelry that I have made.