Someone told me I was the first to use the term "sad crafting" for my Alan Rickman tribute a few months back, but I think we've all had times when just *doing* something helps us process. So crank up Raspberry Beret, my friends, and let's go crazy making a "When Doves Cry Purple Rain" pendant:
Here's what you'll need:
- guitar pick metal blanks
- dove charm
- small purple tear-drop beads (these were the best I could find)
- thin silver chain
- silver head pins & O rings
- (optional) silver bail for hanging
1) Use small nippers to cut off the hanging ring from your dove charm, then file the leftover bumps smooth with a metal file.
2) Cover the metal guitar pick with painter's tape to protect it from scratches, then mark and drill 3 or 5 evenly spaced holes. I did a few variations, so here's what it looks like with 5 hanging beads:
Personally I like it better with just 3, but that's up to you.
3) Insert & loop the head pins into your beads. (I use a 1-step looper for this, which is amazeballs.)
4) Now hang your beads with the thin chain and O rings, arranging the heights in a nice tapered effect.
5) Glue down your dove charm with a small dot of E-6000. (Let it tack up a minute before pressing it down, so the glue doesn't seep out underneath.)
6) Add the bail to the guitar pick if you're using one, or if not, just use a large O ring for hanging.
I like that this is a subtle design you could wear everyday, but still one I bet a lot of Prince fans will pick up on.
Oh, and here's one more variation I did using a white dove charm:
I'm not as big of a fan of the white dove, so since I had two of them, I tried an aged silver finish on the other one:
... which I liked even less. o.0
So I swapped the charm for a second metal dove, and will just save this one for a future project.
Of course now I have three necklaces and only need one, so I'm giving away both of these...
...to two of you!
[Full disclosure: the 5-bead has some tiny scratches around the holes (on the right - see?) since that was before John & I realized we should cover them with protective tape first.]
Also, since I realize this project requires some tools that makes it a little more difficult to make on your own, I *could* make more of the metal-dove-three-drop versions and offer a few for sale, if any of you are interested. Let me know in the comments, since I'm still mega shy of this whole actually-selling-stuff thing. (If enough of you want one, I'd probably look for better teardrop beads, too.)
And finally, a few bonus shots of Lily "helping" me work:
*UPDATE: The give-away has ended!
The winner of the white dove pendant is: Melanie Wood
And the winner of the 5-bead pendant is: Renee (of The Crown Of Beauty)
Congrats, ladies, and please e-mail me your mailing addresses!