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Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Happy day, everyone!!!  I'm hoping all's well with everyone!

Unfortunately, I didn't get around to visiting with you as I thought I would last evening, I had to have been more tired than I thought.  I relaxed during the evening for what I thought would be a few minutes and ended up sleeping soundly through the night; I still feel exhausted!  LOL!!!  However, I wanted to craft, so when I got up this morning, I began this little project I want to share with you today.  I think I'd promised you earlier some quick jewelry, so this one is really simple.  It's a  bold-style Nefertiti bracelet and pendant:

Several weeks ago my hubby took me to a newly opened thrift store he'd found in the suburbs because he knows I love thrift stores for finding old and odd elements to incorporate into my crafts.  While searching I ran across this bracelet cuff, loved how it was discolored and kind of tarnished, and it only cost $2:

Because the shape was sort of Egyptian to me that became my design idea for the jewelry set.  So, it all started here with these materials:

I dug through my stamps and found one of Nefertitit -- aha!!!!  Perfect!  So, of course, I made a mold:

I made two (2) of the images, one for my cuff and the other for a pendant.  I then cut them out, used a serated knife to trim the edges (looks sort of Egyptian, huh?), put a hole in the top of one for the pendant and baked them.  After the pieces had cooled, I painted them, highlighted them the Distress Ink, and outlined each piece with Stickles to give them a little sparkle.  When the paint, ink and Stickles was dry I sprayed them with several coats of the glaze for protection and to give them a high glossy look: 

I was delighted with how these came out!!!  Big, bold costume jewelry is quite an "in" thing and although I'm not really into the bold style look, I do think it looks pretty good on my wrist:

I haven't decided yet what I'm going to use to hang my pendant from but I'm thinking a combination of chain and rope as it needs to be bold to match the cuff.  Any suggestions? 

Oh well, I'm off to try to figure it out; however, I will be around later to drop in and visit with you.  I think though I'm going to need a small nap first-- I can't believe how tired I am still!!!!  LOL!

Hope you like my project!!!  Thanks for stopping by and I'll be seeing you...


shari said...

I love it Audrey! You can do anything can't you?
I can't wait to see it as a necklace. I wear my necklace you made me a couple of times a week. I just love it. Shari (cricutrookie)

silvia haynes said...

Audrey~ GORGEOUS bracelet!!! Love the pendant and I thing it should be hung from a necklace of large open circles.
BTW~where is the thrift store?
I live near Joliet.


Angi @ CokiePop said...

WOWZA....You are so crafty clever Audrey. Love your jewelry. :)

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Look at you go...
I can't beleive this I just keep looking and it looks just like the brass bracelet. Hoe awesome. TFS

QueenPam said...

Very nice!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh yes, it definitely looks good on you.. How BEAUTIFUL...you are going to be styling... I agree, something with large open circles would be gorgeous.. I am so glad you had a good night's sleep, I was a little worried about you going and going, even though it was a fun go... So happy you are having such a wonderful time with your family.. hugs

Audrey Frelx said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments and thank you for taking the time to leave them.

Sheila, I was really trying to get the same copper look of the bracelet, so your comment makes me feel that I made it!!! Thank you!

Silvia, how nice to know you're not that far away!!! I didn't think any of my friends here in blogland were as nearby. The thrift store is in Tinley Park, west Harlem Ave. I don't know an exact address. Are you familiar with Tinley Park? If so, I'll see if the hubby can provide directions. Let me know.

Again, thank you all for stopping by! And, I'll be seeing you!

Audrey Frelx said...

Sorry, Silvia, I meant to say it was west of Harlem Avenue; it's not on West Harlem Avenue. I'll try to get the name of it and, again, an exact address for you if you'd like -- let me know!

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are so amazing...that looks store bought (like it was made like that originally)!!! How do you do it???

Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us!!! I look forward to visiting you every day.

Also, thank you for praying for my dad. I'm going to send you an email.


Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

Absolutely gorgeous! It looks like something that came right out of an Egyptian burial chamber!

Susan said...

What a gorgeous project you have made! You are such a clever and creative gal!

Love That Bug said...

WOW, this is stunning. I love the way it turned out. If I only had half of your talent I would be a happy camper :)
Great job

Brenda said...

This is gorgeous. I have yet to try making a mold, but you've definately inspired me to try. I would put the pendant on a leather strap with gold chain attached. Love the colors you created

Rhonda Emery said...

wow what a beautiful bracelet you did a amazing job on it. love it and thank you for sharing. hugs

Kate said...

Audrey - these are fantastic!! You are so clever and I'm always delighted to see the fabulous creations you make.

lovemypaper said...

"WOW" lovely bracelet!

Anonymous said...

How creative Audrey! So talented!
Barb (Barb's Boys)

Jean said...

Love how this turned out!! So pretty.

~BridgetL~ said...

Audrey Im glad you took time to get some rest. we all need to take time to renergize ourselves. And look what came of it. that is gorgeous. So sweet of hubby to take you out and what a great find. take care my friend :) hugs

"Um Buggin" said...

OMG!! Audrey, this is just beautiful! I love the way you did the edges with the knife, it does look so authentic. Get some rest my friend, there is plenty of time to craft. Love your imagination!

Hugz, xx


PinkBlingCrafter said...

Hi Audrey, Hope all is well with you and I'm sorry I've been MIA and missed a lot of your fabulous projects!! Love the Wrist Cuff just beautiful and WOW you are so crafty my friend:)

ChatterScene.com said...

So neat:)

Charlotte said...

Audrey, This is so beautiful! What a fabulous idea. Each time I visit your blog, I become even more amazed with your talent and creativity.

Mary said...

This is stunning Audrey. Now I have to try this. I have a beautiful cameo that would be great with this technique. ( You know I'll try it, lol) Glad you are rested and I agree something with loops would be great with the pendant. Hugs, Mary

Georgiana said...

You always come up with the neatest ideas!

silvia haynes said...

Audrey~ I am kinda familiar with Tinley Park. I work in Orland Park. I am familiar with Harlem~I shop at the Hobby Lobby at 159th and Harlem.Maybe we can meet up at the Thrift shop sometime :)