Wednesday, April 27

Cest La Vie ... Paris...from start to completion ~

One of a kind assemblage necklace ~ Paris

I love how this necklace turned out and thought I would take photos of the process and materials used. I hope it gives an idea what is used in creating a piece like this ~ starting with photo #1 ...

No, you are seeing correctly ~ this is a small paper box where you find wooden match sticks (discard cover and match sticks).
This is what I have used to make a small showdow box.

To reinforce this half box I have used netted plaster material ~ which is used to make a cast when a limb is broken. Dipping it in water and wrap around the box (I wrap it twice to make it strong) until it is completely covered ~ letting the box dry overnight.

Modge Podge brushed on moistened paper images and carefully placing onto the box~ drying after each step.

and now the real artistic expression and fun begins...

Layer, layering and more layers using combinations of artist chalk, crayons and two different compositions of pigment powders and a product called H20 (solid pigment using water ~ working into a paste). Between each product I brush on a coating of Gel Medium ~ more drying time between each step.

Patience ~

next wrap the decorated box and glass cover with copper foiling ~ using flux and silver solder to securely seal the box.

Embellishing with French charms, stampings, vintage rhinestone jewels - soldered to box, vintage bias tape, chunky chain ~ hand oxidize silver solder and components for a vintage cohesive look.

Very labor instensive; but so much fun to make!

Due to the drying steps for each process this piece took 3 days from start to completion ~ I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Français Assemblage Shadow Box Collier ...

(French assemblage shadow box necklace)

Rhinestone fluer de Lis dangles freely inside the box ~ so fun!

If you have made it this far ~ thank you for viewing all the photo's!

Have a wonderful week!


Sandy Navarro said...

Debby, this is absolutely stunning! Of course, all your work is! Thank you so much for sharing the process; I can't wait to try it it.

Miss you!

Cindy Craine said...

I am in awe, I love your necklaces! The thing is I haven't learned how to make anything like your things! I would love to purchase the bridal necklace I saw in the magazine! I was shopping with my friend Charlene Gray and she said write her and ask her!!!

I love anything antique wedding. I have photos all in my blog, I need to scan more new photos that I've found, most of the them from the 20s. However just pop over to my blog and search vintage wedding and you can download any of them! It's

Come find me and let me know if you're selling any more of those necklaces!!!!!!xoxoxox-cindy

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow ! Beautiful !!
You are very talented!

Sheila said...

ADORE, love your work; it's breathtaking!!! The assemblage pieces are stunning and I always prefer vintage and a little piece of the past paired with the new. You are truly talented...Have a beautiful day. Sheila

Jenny @ Faith and Pearl said...

Sandy said it best. "This is absolutely stunning!" Wow....amazing. Thanks for sharing


Esther said...

wow deb!! thank you for sharing this great tutorial!!!

Ann said...

Stunningly beautiful! You are so talented!

Charlene said...

I LOVE this shadow box!!!! So pretty & I of course love the little "French" accent. HUGS!

Charlene said...

Wishing you a Happy Mothers Day! HUGS!

Esther said...

how are you deb? 3 weeks without you, it's a long time!!

Colleen said...

WOW!! Lots of work but SO worth it. It's gorgeous!!

Kay Ellen said...

Hi Debbie! Love your pretties :)Nice to know you are a blogger too!

Thank you for finding me on Facebook!

I will send you my Mom's website info.

Have a great weekend,
Kay Ellen

Mikell said...

Wow! I just love your necklaces. Can you tell me where you buy the plaster netting? I'd love to try this!

Just call me Silly Sal said...

I really want to try this. I wish you would teach a class doing this. Love all your jewelry. Thanks for sharing.
silly sal

Jen Crossley said...

Totally awesome Deb

imsteelefullofscrap said...

I ust love your necklace and thank you so much for the tutorial I am a newbie to your site found you on pintrest

Kathi said...

Wow. Love this. Thanks for sharing the step-out photos!

Unknown said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for taking the time to show us how you made it.
I'm going to make one to give to my sister for Christmas.