I had the idea to create the "Stardust Encapsulated" after I visited the Swarovski shop in London. They were selling those beautiful pens with loose crystals in them. I absolutely loved these and was told that I would find the crystal dust at the Swarovski Crystallized shop in London. If you are a little bit of a magpie at heart, I suggest you steer well clear or else you might end up buying the whole shop.
I went home with sparkles in my eyes and started thinking about ways that I could use these. On one of my many ebay trips, I found these little glass bottles and I had part of the solution to my design conundrum.
Cute little glass bottles with a cork lid, I decided these were going to be pendants and started thinking up ideas of how to make this idea come to life.
At first I thought the solution was to use copper wire to help keep the lid on and to create the loop for the pendant. I tried several designs.
The final idea came when I realised that the main issue was that the sharp pieces of wire were getting stuck into the cord and were actually quite dangerous to wear. The solution was to remove the metallic parts altogether and to simply tie the cord around the neck and the lip of the bottle, effectively creating a necklace and encapsulating the stardust inside the glass bottle.
It was really that simple.
And all that's left for you to do now is to tell me what type of bottle you like and what color crystals you want !
Unfortunately, I have no time to update this blog. I have plenty of ideas, however, and I hope to come back and materialize them very soon.
A few updates: sadly, I had to stop going to the Brixton Makers Marker. It was a great experience and I would absolutely love to do it again but lack of time and a full time job are getting in the way of this happening.
For those who don't know it yet, I am also the mother of a wonderful little boy who has now entered the Toddler Stage, which means he is interested in everything I do and wants to touch and play with everything that is at his reach. This also means I had to dramatically reduce the amount of time I spend in the workshop. A mother only wishes to remove pliers from her son's mouth so many times, you see... it is not as enjoyable when I have to stop him from swallowing my beads all the time.
I have come up with a few new designs, one including lovely Swarovski Crystal Stardust lovingly encapsulated in tiny little glass bottles and I am very excited about these. They will soon be added to the shop.
We also have the Music Rings which I am particularly proud of and I hope to have a lot of them in circulation very soon !
Well, that's mostly up to you for this to happen so start ordering !