Thursday, March 24, 2011

Altered Charm Necklace

I recently completed an altered charm class instructed by Joni of Mrs. Oleary's Art and Arful Illusions Rubber Stamps. We worked our fingers to the bone from 9am to 9pm...but it was well worth the time and effort spent. The following pictures are of my completed necklace...my first attempt at this form of art.

We used dapping blocks and leather hammers, steel die cutters, drills, punches, metal shears, and most fun of all...torches!
We also used copper, bronze, silver and tin as well as polymer clay and vintage images and dictionary pages.
Vintage buttons, beads and crystals were also used as adornments.
After taking this class I really felt like I had accomplished something, learned a lot of techniques and had a cool necklace to show for it. What do you think?

26 comments:

Luthien said...

i think it is one of the most gorgeous pieces i've ever seen! so well made and absolutely interesting!!

Vicki C said...

WOW girl.. this is ridiculously COOL! LOVE everything about it! You should be SO proud!!

Robin said...

WOW! Can't wait to see it IRL!! I guess you did work your fingers to the bone, that's a lot to get accomplished in a day.

Nancy Wethington said...

Fab necklace. And isn't Joni one of the most talented people you could ever meet! I love that gal and her energy filled talent!

Nancy said...

Oh, am I green with envy!! This is beautiful!! And to be in a class with Joni to make it - wow! Love her!

JeanFB said...

Wow, wow, and more wow! This is positively stunning. I zoomed in to get a good look at all the charms, and they are all beautiful, each and every one. What a treasure.

Life At Camellia Cottage said...

I love it!

Susan said...

I agree - you did a great job. It's gorgeous! Where did you take the class?
Susan

Lori said...

Good grief, this is FANTASTIC! What a long day, but look at the results! Fabulous!

Louise (KardKrazy) said...

Wow, you have all manner of stuff dangling from this necklace. What a cool collection of charms. Time well spent I'd say.

Lululiz said...

What an amazing piece! I could look at it for ages and ages, there is soooo much to see.

Nancy Maxwell James said...

Oh Sarah - I am drooling over this! what a gorgeous piece of art and project! amazing! I would have LOVED to take this class. Your efforts were all well worth the hours you put into this piece!

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Utterly fabulous. A once in a lifetime piece. Just incredible!!!

Elizabeth Golden said...

I love it! Absolutely stunning!

Lynn Stevens said...

WOW Sarah, I wondered where you were hiding and now I know, just look at that fabulous necklace, Its divine!!! I think you should do more, BRAVO!!!
hugs Lynn

Nathalie Thompson said...

AWESOME necklace! Looks like it was an amazing day of making art!

Susan S. said...

Hi there...I found you thru Texas Blogging Gals and LOVE your blog. The necklace is gorgeous. And, I'm particularly drawn to your TAG post. I've joined a Swap and part of it is making a tag for our swap partner. I'm clueless so I'm going to study yours. Happy Spring...come by and see me sometime at my blog!

Minxy said...

Ah wow this is totally awesome..

stampdiva said...

Well worth it. All that work paid off as this is not only unique it is stunning. I am sure you are wearing it with pride.
Wishes
Lynne M

Linda R. said...

WOW.. This is amazing. I Loooove it..

~Linda

Gaby Bee said...

WOW, absolutely stunning! Love it!

Wishing you a lovely Easter!
Hugs, Gaby

Judy said...

Oh, Sarah!! I love the charms on your bracelet! Beautiful!! And what an exciting class that must have been. Wish something like that would pop up here in the Phoenix area.

Shirley . . . said...

I accidentally found your blog while searching for Joni's classes. I am taking the same class in St. Louis this coming July. I can't wait! Yours turned out fabulous!

I loved your tags!

Lyneen said...

Absolutely Beautiful!!!!!

ALTERED ARTIFACTS said...

Wow... just stunning!

Kris Dickinson said...

Wow Sarah! Beyond cool. I totally adore this!