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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cocktail Rings

While looking for pictures of bracelets for yesterdays blog entry, I found these 2 pictures of some cocktail rings that I made many years ago. I thought you might like to see them.

These were never intended to be worn everyday. These are meant to be special occasion, cocktail rings. These exemplify the impractical. Which is a nice way of saying these ain't exactly durable. They were fun to make, though, and I do like to try them on and admire them. They are fun. Having them is like having that totally impractical pair of heels you'll never wear, but had to have. Except that I have worn these a few times. (Big heels? No.)

The first one, I call my Peacock ring, for obvious reasons. The second, is my Comet ring.



These are actually really pretty on with the tails of each coming down the finger and over the knuckle. And, as delicate as they look, they really can be worn for a night out. I've done it.

Sometimes, it's fun to look back on the things that you've done in the past. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you want to cry, sometimes you cringe and sometimes you realize that it was better than you once thought. :)

Today"s question is about you: What was the first piece of jewelry you ever made?

20 comments:

  1. Your rings are so imaginative and elegant. I'm sure they're enjoyable to waer.

    No question today?

    Joyce

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    1. You beat me to it, Joyce1 LOL!
      (I just updated it.)

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  2. I was around 10 yrs. old, and made a beaded bracelet that was a Native American-style weave. Very pretty pattern.

    Joyce

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    1. At 10 you were doing NA bead weaves? Wow! That's impressive. :)

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  3. Viking Knit chain

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    1. That was your first? I haven't even done that, yet. Don't know why, just haven't gotten around to it. That's a big challenge for your first thing. :)

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  4. The first jewelry I made....leather braided bracelets. That was in my teens and all my friends wanted one. :)

    Diane F.

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    1. I remember those! They were friendship bracelets, right?? When my kids were little, they did it with plastic lanyard.

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  5. Tela, your rings are imaginative and beautiful! I am sure they look gorgeous when worn.
    Hmmmm..after a summer trip to Florida when I was in 3rd grade, my sisters and I made necklaces from the shells we collected. Being from Iowa, we thought they were very exotic!

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    1. Christine, that trip and the necklaces must have been magical since you still remember them. Wouldn't it be cool if you still had them in a box somewhere? :)

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  6. Hmmm... this will date me ... in the 1950s, plastic Pop-beads were very popular with kids. The "chain" could be pulled apart and rearranged into bracelets, necklaces of different lengths, etc. They came in a couple of sizes and a few colors.

    Not really "making jewelry", but fun with beads!

    Joyce

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    1. I remember those!! Even my kids had them. I played with them, too. I made necklaces, of course. You had to make it long in order for it to have enough curve for a necklace. LOL! Thanks for reminding me of them. Pop beads!

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  7. I love these rings! I don't wear big rings, or rings at all, but I love them, just the same.

    The first piece of jewelry I made was a pair of sequin dangle earrings. Very sparkly, very purple, very 80's. ;)

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. I have a soft spot for the 80's. LOVED IT!!! My best years, by far :) I remember the jewelry, man, it was fun. I think I even had some sequin earrings, too. :)

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  8. WOW!! I really like them, especially the bird. Glad you shared!

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    1. Thank you, Mary! These are two of the very few things that I have kept and not taken apart.

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  9. First jewellery ... 1980s hand painted coconut shell earrings - very LOUD in regards to colour :)

    I still have them, one day the style will come back around. LOL!

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    1. Good for you!! They WILL come back, you know they will. I am imagining giant half coconut shells, though! LOL!

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  10. Hmmm ... macrame, wood beads and bits of metal from the hardware store. I think I prefer wire.

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    1. I replied that I love wood beads because of the weight and realized I was on the wrong post! I deleted it. (It's early in the morning, yet.)

      Let me try again.

      That sounds intriguing and begs the question- what did you make? Have you seen the new micro macrame jewelry? I like it a lot.

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