I debated putting pearls on each black AB square, but the girls said it was overkill and to keep it simple. I wanted it to fit like a watch and it does. I might add one more link, but overall...not bad!
This filigree brooch was bought at an antique store...ridiculous considering the amount of jewelry I already have and the price tag it held, but I had to have it. And the old man who owns the store is smitten with me and I with him and I can never walk out of there empty handed. He doesn't haggle. I am not much of a haggler anyway. But he does give me a teeny discount for living local :-)
As soon as I saw it in the display case at the store, I knew it needed a zigzag stitch. I was going to do it in turquoise, but when I finally started working on it, it really resisted the turquoise and wanted red. After posting a photo on Facebook of it as a work in progress, a friend asked for it. YaY!
I popped the pin off the back and wrapped the loop down. The hinge that held the pin needs to be filed a bit, as it is a tad sharp. I was hesitant to cut those parts entirely off for two reasons...first, I didn't trust myself to not botch the whole piece (and I paid too much to botch it!); and second, it is to keep a little whisper of its past life ~ on the backside where so few will ever see it. It is good to remember what things once were.
I bought cuff links at the same time I bought the brooch (and just found cuff links on Thursday that were my Grandpa's.....sigh), as I had a vision for them too. I paid more than I think I should have, but hopefully they will work out. I have a simple plan for them. I think they will be next on the table. And after that...who knows?! It just feels good to get a jewelry post up again :-D