Friday, May 28, 2010

Silver Weekend

Happy Friday! I don't have a card to post today, but I wanted to share this project and thought it was apropos to kickoff my silver weekend - Monday is our 25th wedding anniversary, so we are celebrating this weekend!

Last Sunday I attended a soldering class with Barbara McGuire at Bonnie's Best Tools and made this pendant, using some stamped images, microscope slides and a charm.  I started with the butterfly image, which had been sized to fit the microscope slide and printed on plain white paper.  I stamped the postmark and other images and distressed the white background with some Antique Linen Distress Ink.  

Next came the soldering of the edges, which was tricky at first, but once I was comfortable, it was actually pretty forgiving.  If you have a bumpy, lumpy edge, just heat it up again with the soldering iron to flatten it out!

The hardest part was adding the loop at the top and the butterfly charm - Barbara had to do those for me, so I'll need to practice that.  It's certainly not perfect, but it turned out much better than I was expecting!


Here's the back of the pendant.  Again, I started with just the dragonfly image and then stamped the script and postage mark images.  Now all I have to do is figure out what I'm going to do with it!
Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

13 comments:

Sandy Hulsart said...

Well look at you, Miss Jewelry Designer! What a fabulous pendant, I know you had great fun. Can't wait to see more of your creations.

Holly said...

Happy Silver Anniversary, girlie! Congrats! Our 15 yr anniversary was yesterday. :-) Your soldering looks great especially for a first timer. The images inside are sized just right and I love that little butterfly charm on the side.

Now go find a silver necklace and put this pendant on there and wear this with pride. :-)

Janine said...

Robin this is gorgeous!!

Ayana Posadas said...

Very pretty! :)

Harriet Skelly said...

Oh the pendant is gorgeous! Congrats on your 25th anniversary! Enjoy the weekend!

Lynette said...

Very, very cool, Robin! Happy Anniversary! (You share it with our daughter, but hers is their seventh:) )

Marcia Antle said...

I just showed Barbie and we oooh and awww over it. You REALLY did do a great job on that, Robin. Yours was the best one by far.
qkk

Silke Ledlow said...

WOWZER!!! I love your pendants...these are fabulous creations Robin!!!

Have a wonderful 25th Anniversary my sweet friend!!! Ours is on June 2nd....and we are at 16 years!!! We should party together all week long...LOL!!! Have fun and here is to many, many more wonderful wedding years!!! Hugs ~S~

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

Happy Anniversary and blessings for many, many more!!!! I just love your pendants, they are absolutely gorgeous!!!

The Rubber Maid said...

Wow I got through after waiting. Congratulations on your 25th. I love the pendants. Really sharp! Pat

Melisa Waldorf said...

These are fabulous!! Barbara comes to Jacksonville every year and I have always wanted to take her class, but DH said it was a waste of money and that he could teach me to solder .... result ... have the supplies and not one single project, I think I need Barbara, teehee. Have a wonderful week girly and happy anniversary!

Jenny Gropp said...

WAY cool. Hope u and KKM behaved in that class.

Sue said...

Nice soldering! Looks so pretty. So now you have a new skill! Congrats on your silver anniversary. Love the silver card you made for Tim, too.

SueP Icantwaitforsunday