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.
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!
Sarah J. Sequins