I saw this thimble necklace design, by the extremely talented Diane Cook, in the current Belle Armoire jewelry magazine by Stampington. Her designs were based on a heart, birds & religious icons though. I wanted to make my girls one, using soul as the theme.
And I know there's been a lot of controversy & discussion in blogland about the ethics of copying an artist's work & I'm gonna give you my 2 cents worth. I have big reservations about copying an individual's work that they were generous enough to share on their blog but if you publish a tut & I pay for it (whether it's online, an in-person workshop or in a magazine), then I am then free to "copy". I've purchased the knowledge so I am free to use the knowledge. *crossing my fingers that the marvelous Ms Cook agrees* Cause she is FULL of marvelous ideas!!! *grins*
This is my version of Diane Cook's Heartstrings....I call them "She's Got Soul".
I strayed from Diane's designs in many ways. I didn't age the silver as my girls don't like old stuff (I know!!!!!), I used heavier fabrics & I went easy on the bling & left off the lace completely, as neither Stacie nor Shilah are into that kind of stuff. (again I know!...but I love them anyway! LOL) This first necklace is for Stacie. I used a beautiful blue & tan upholstery weight fabric, torn into a frayed strip & faded vintage blue ribbon. For both necklaces, I used charms symbolizing things that are important to each of them...adding a few "pearls of wisdom", a crystal drop, a bottle of "dreams" (the bottle is full of mini-rhinestones) & a couple strands of rhinestone chains.
The poem Footprints in the Sand has had special signifigance to Stacie, ever since Clifton's accident, when after a particularly bad day, a social worker at the hospital gave her a charm w/ it. So I made her a mini-book out of resin. (just spread the resin front & back on the paper & allow to dry. It drys pliable like leather!)