Thursday, September 25, 2008

Little Pink Tatted Heart Necklaces

Here are the finished necklaces!!! They are SO SO SO CUTE! I stiffened the hearts and attached a bail and then put them on the 16inch sterling silver heart chains! I put them in little white organza drawstring bags and gave them to the girls last night at youth group! They LOVED them! I was so thrilled at their reaction, I'm telling you it was what you hope for when you make something like this as a gift! They adored the hearts and the chain too and put them on immediately and showed everyone all night! They told me that they were looking for "best friends" necklaces but hadn't found anything yet and that these were perfect!

18 comments:

yarnplayer said...

OOOOh!!! These are so sweet, and what great photos, too. The bail is a nice touch, and they look so classy on the chain. What kind of stiffener did you use?

Melissa said...

I started using the Aileen's spray kind but that didn't get it hard enough and since they are teens, I figure they need to be tougher so I used white glue mixed with water. I know not the best but at least it's washable. Do you know of a better stiffener that is more archival and gets things really stiff? I didn't want to use sugar for fear that it would rot or attract bugs!!! LOL

yarnplayer said...

Looks like your glue and water worked really well, the color is nice and bright. I've used clear nail polish occasionally on earrings, but it is smelly until it dries, and I wouldn't want to have to use it on larger things. Sharon B. has a post on stiffening tatting here:
http://sharonstattedlace.blogspot.com/2007/04/blocking-stiffening-and-storing-tatting.html
One of these days I want to get around to trying the cornstarch method, it sounds like it might work for snowflakes.

Melissa said...

Thanks! Sounds like the white glue isn't too bad since it would only yellow after 50 years, most jewelery won't be around that long, BUT the corn starch method did interest me being that is the only archival method and it doesn't sound hard too do, I'll have to give it a try, I left a comment for Sharon asking what the ratio of corn starch to water is.

TattingChic said...

These turned out so adorable. The heart chain is a perfect touch. That is so cool that they were so excited about receiving them! Well done, Melissa!

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

They ARE beautiful! What a special gift that will be treasured for a lifetime!

Michelle said...

Well I found your page looking for honeybees...I have to say, your work is absolutely beautiful. The necklaces are great, but those hearts would make wonderful Christmas ornaments as well.

Anonymous said...

Melissa - these are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! They definitely look classy! I have tried the cornstarch method - and it works really well - we used it on some of Nathan's art projects in daycare.


Echo

Melissa said...

Echo how did you make the cornstarch for use? Is there a recipe?

Miss 376 said...

So glad you found the chains to match, no wonder they were thrilled. They look beautiful

singtatter said...

Such sweet hearts, the chain is cute too, just perfect to go together. What an appropriate gift!

Lisa said...

Just adorable! And what perfect chains to go with them!

Torie said...

Oh those turned out so much better than I had imagine not that I didn't imagine them looking bad or anything, LOL. Great job...To bad we don't live closer cos we can have a great little etsy business, LOL. Which btw I added your shop into my etsy fav, LOL.

bhappetat said...

They are so cute. Can I ask where you found the silver chain that go so perfectly with the tatted hearts?

Melissa said...

I got them from Firemountaingems.com there is a direct link in my previous post about them.

Judy S. said...

These are so cute, Melissa. Those young ladies are very lucky to have you for their youth leader and mentor!

Cathy K said...

Waaaaay cute, Melissa. I so wish I could tat!! Hugs, Cathy

Kirsten said...

This is such a lovely gift!
I love the chains.
Once I designed a similar little tatting pattern. I must try to tat it in size 80 thread for a pendant.
Thanks for the cute idea!