It's been a while since I made a book necklace. This came about whilst daydreaming on a windy afternoon. I was looking out the window from my work area and realized how much building have been done around my condo since I moved here 12 years ago. We were one of the first families to live in this new township. At that time I wasn't even married. I remember being able to watch the sunset from my balcony each evening. Although I can still see the sunset, but much has changed with the view. It used to be a wide open space of never ending grassland. Now it's been replaced by more condos, shoplots and houses. I understand that this is inevitable when you live in the city, but I still felt just a little saddened by the sight before me. Time changes much, and I yearned for the return of that quiet simplicity of times passed.
This mixed media book necklace combines much of the elements that remind me of times gone by. An old barrel key adorns the simple handmade miniature book. By the side of the key, just visible, is a copper-wire lace over some blue and white plaid fabric. An oval tag displays a print of an old letter with burnt edges. Picasso jasper beads complete the whole rustic, time-worn look of the piece. Other elements include some stained lace, antique brass-toned findings and chain, and brass wires augmented by fire.
* the necklace is 28 inches in circumference, plus 2 inch at focal bead – no clasp
* the book measures approx. 1.5 (W) x 2 (H) x 0.75 (T) inches and has 154 writable pages. Pages are coffee stained.
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