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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Custom Creation--Featuring Tesori Trovati "Simple Truths" Pendant

A regular customer recently asked me to create a pendant (or bracelet) around a lovely focal she had just purchased from Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati, from her new "Simple Truths" line. It seemed to work best as a pendant:
I wanted to draw the eye toward the focal, and create more of a "V" shape for the entire necklace, so I strung a short length of copper chain across the back of the focal, and hung a copper butterfly pendant and carved leaf from it. There are some really lovely, soft colors in the clay I wanted to echo in the rest of the necklace--olive green, sea green, grass green, mauve, and of course, copper--so I chose some smooth serpentine ovals in cool leafy green, fancy jasper roundels in sea green and mauve, a big moss agate carved leaf, and pearls in antique copper and muted lime. The copper wire is lightly antiqued to match the bezel on the focal. I decided to make it asymmetrical, because I wanted some of the teal and mauve accents in front, where they would show more. This would be one to wear with your hair up, so people could see the back too!

The necklace fastens with a toggle in the front.
The focal has such a nice weight to it--heavy and smooth. Superior quality! The clay artwork is set seamlessly in the bezel.

(Here's how I attached the drop portions of the pendant to the back of the focal):
The chain is just a fine rollo chain; I attached the drop portion via a heavy but smallish jump ring (I didn't want anything too bulky on the back), and then attached two more jump rings (small ones) on either side of it, through the chain links, to keep it in the center. Sort of was thinking of how you hang a picture, with the wire across the back--I hoped it would work! Seems to work fine.

I'm looking forward to working with Erin's components again!


  1. you did a lovely job with Erin's pendant and i am sure she and your customer are going to abso love it.
    take care ttfn Lana :)

  2. This is just blowing me away, Miss Keirsten! I love it! And that clever contraption to the back...so that is how it is done! I think that I best be making and listing more 'simple truths'!
    Enjoy the day!

  3. Great job...clever attachment and a really pretty look.
    She will love it.

  4. Her charm pendants are so beautiful! And what you have made is really lovely!!

  5. I just LOVE the pendants from Erin, and your interpretation is wonderful!

  6. You did Erin's piece justice!! It is fantastic!! You truly are an inspiration :)

  7. I have to say I adore your work and also your sense of humour.
    I really am going to have to start posting again. It has been a while. really looking forward to it too.
    Have a fantastic weekend.