Saturday, January 11, 2014

Quick and Easy Doll Collars!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

I've had doll jewelry on the brain this week. Specifically, I've been wondering how to make doll jewelry that's to scale, elegant, and... different.

I love my continuous bead strand necklaces, don't get me wrong. They don't need a clasp, they can be any length as long as they fit over a doll's head, and they can be wrapped around the doll's neck -- or wrist, come to think of it -- several times for a multi-strand look.


But variety is the spice of life... and any doll's jewelry box! And today, while I was looking through the broken jewelry pieces at the IDEA Store -- which happens to be my favorite source for doll and dollhouse supplies -- inspiration struck me like a dozen flamingos falling from the sky.

I found a filigree hoop from an earring -- the kind with the loop at the top. I took it home, and I measured it against the doll. Then I used my wire cutters to snip a small section out of the top, including the bit with the loop.

At this point, I probably should have filed the edges down so they weren't so sharp, but I was impatient. I tried it on my model, the lovely Katie, and since it was such a thin piece of metal, I pressed it down in the back so it was perfectly formed to her neck. 

And here's the result!

I'm really happy with the result. In the future I'd file it, as I said before, and maybe I'd add a coat or two of Renaissance Wax (or maybe even clear nail polish?) to make sure the gold color stays put.

And if I happen across any more of these filigree findings, I'll play around with some chain, jump rings, and itty bitty sequins. Because I could see a funky version of this with the classic Little Black Dress.

(Imagine the possibilities!)

Now it's your turn: Do you have any interesting ideas for doll jewelry? The girls and I appreciate it!

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J. Sequins 

(And dolls)


  1. That filigree was a perfect fit for her -- looks great! It's very nice as it is and if you want some more bling, the circles could be a perfect template for adding (flatback) crystals or thread beads through. Perhaps even make a stitched bead picot edge if the beads doesn't look too big against the collar.

    Last year, I did a blog post on miniature jewellery. Don't know if it's links you've already seen, but if not you can find the links I picked together here: There might be something of interest to you in that post.

    1. Ohhh, I like the picot edge idea! In fact, I could see that on a simple wire circle, too. With size 15. Hmm...

      The miniature jewelry is adorable! Thanks for sharing the link with me -- it's one I hadn't seen before. :)

  2. The picot edge idea is amazing to me, i love it. Generally i love your work, the dolls look more beautiful and presentable. Thanks


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