Saturday, September 12, 2009

Work in Progress

Welcome to my latest project....a button cluster neckpiece that will look gorgeous on a winter bride. All the buttons are all vintage or antique white mother of pearl with various hues of peach, ivory, cream, and mink.

This is how I work out designs. I like to map all the components (in this case, buttons) onto some sketch paper and label each button's location.

Next step, many, many, many fine silver bezels! Did I mention bezels?

I love to solder....really, I do. If I did not, this piece would still be a mere sketch.

After soldering, I just had to take a picture of the piece on my chest (my plus sized chest, that is...on an average woman, this necklace will look bigger and more fleshiness dwarfs its actual size). Also, the finished piece will actually sit a tad bit higher.

Ah! Daylight photos!

I wish I had documented the process of tapering this 12 gauge sterling silver wire, but alas, I was too deeply engaged in the process to think of the camera.

The home stretch! To give this piece a bit of richness, I added some 18k gold loops and balls in three spots. After adjusting the neckwire's curvature, I'll bring up the finish and set the buttons. Check back mid week for the "reveal"!


  1. I love vintage buttons! This will be a beautiful piece, and I can't wait to see the finished product. Someday I'm gonna learn how to solder.....really I am....

  2. I'm really looking forward to the reveal! It looks amazing so far.

  3. Thank you both! Alice, soldering is mesmerizing and is a great skill! Good Luck!

  4. omg I love this necklace. this is going to be a beautiful piece for a lovely bride.

  5. Love the button clusters, like a bouquet. It will be lovely!