Friday, 30 November 2018

Sapphires for my Mum

Today is my dear Mum's birthday and I can now share my latest silversmithing project as well as the card I made her as she will have opened them this morning.

We have been "flush setting" stones in our class. Most people made rings but I decided to make a pendant for my Mum. In my stash I had some very small sapphires and I thought they would work really well for this project. 
It was very fiddly indeed as the stones only measure 1.75mm in diameter.
First I made the pendant from silver square wire and added a handmade bail to the top. I had to drill holes through ready to receive the sapphires. Then I soldered on the bail.
Sorry the photo below is so blurred but it was taken on my bench peg!
I have no photos of the setting process but it was very tricky!
Eventually my 3 stones were set and I polished it up and put it on a chain for my Mum. As always silver jewellery is so difficult to photograph but here are a couple of snaps.
It's much prettier IRL!
So I am also able to share my Mum loves vintage images so I used one from the Graphic fairy to make her card.
The stamped sentiment is an old Lili of the Valley one.
The backing paper is by Craft Consortium....this is a gorgeous pad which I keep for those special cards. I added lots of die cuts and embellies. As I didn't have to post my card I was able to use some of my paper flowers from my stash, which my Mum loves, and add lots of layers.

all finished off with a ribbon.
 I would like to enter my card (and my pendant if it is appropriate) into the following challenges;

Pixie's snippets playground #340
Simon says stamp Wednesday anything goes
Simon says stamp Monday gift it
A vintage journey paper stash
Let's craft and create anything goes
Frilly and funkie tis the season for gift giving
Little patch of crafty friends 1/3 anything goes

Happy Birthday to my dear Mum...85 years young today..and so very precious to me.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend.
I am back again in the morning...yes it's 1st December and our last Country View Challenge for 2018!

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Oh I visualise one very Happy mum when she opens her beautiful present Jane...made all the more special because you made it!...and a lovely card to accompany it too! 'Happy Birthday' to your mum. xx

  2. Such a beautiful gift and card for your Mum, Jane! I love that stunning pendant, and I'm sure your Mom is so proud to wear it! And the card you made especially with her in mind is so stunning! I love those beautiful die cut layers and embellishments. Every one is perfectly placed and work so well together. Gorgeous and a real treasure! Thank you again for sharing your gifts with us at Frilly and Funkie. Hugs and wishes for a wonderful Christmas season.

  3. Oh this si such a beautiful card and i love that you did close-ups so we can see the glitter and details you did. She will love it. the pendant is also so pretty and I love sapphires and I bet she will just love this. I am so glad you still have your mom since I lost mine this year on Jan 15th. Coming up to Christmas, I remember back a year ago and cherish every moment. I miss her so much. Give your mom and extra hug:)

  4. Beautiful! I love both the necklace and card, and the snowflake too. Happy, happy birthday to your mum!

  5. Dear Jane, I am so impressed with the necklace you made! I never set stones like that so I'm wondering how the stones are held in! And I *love* the wheat chain, it's one of my favorite chain designs. I have one in rose gold that I wear allll the time. And that car is extravagantly gorgeous. I bet your mom was thrilled with both. What a good daughter you are. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. A very happy birthday to your lovely mum!! I hope she's had a wonderful day!
    What an amazing piece of jewellery, you are so clever, it's so beautiful, I do love sapphires. Such a pretty card too! Just so lovely for your mum to have such beautiful hand mad gifts!
    Wishing you and your mum a wonderful weekend,
    V x

  7. What a beautiful card and wonderful present for your Mum, you are so creative my friend and your mum must be so pleased with her gift and proud of what you achieve. Xxx

  8. A really lovely card for your Mum Jane and the pendant is exquisite, she must be thrilled. Apologies for a hasty comment and for me taking so long to get here! Blame Dudley!

    Great to see you in the Playground.


    Di xx

  9. Wow, wow, wow! What a gorgeous combination of artistic endeavors here! I love jewelry and that is a really stunning piece. And what a bonus to combine it with that gorgeous card! You have such a great eye for composition and design and I always enjoy seeing your entries here at our Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  10. What a great gift for our mom. Also love your card. Both are so cool. Thanks for joining us at the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenges for our latest challenge.  {Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenges}Good luck and join us again soon. Hugs, Barbara

  11. Wow, what a stunning creation! I love how you framed the pretty image with those beautiful flowers - amazing 😁. Happy belated birthday wishes to your mum! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! J 😊 x

  12. So nice of you to share your gift and card with us here at A Vintage Journey. I love both and know how special the MUMS are! My MOM is 91 and I treasure each day with her.

  13. What a gorgeous card you created for you mother - it's a stunner! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  14. What a beautiful card. I love all the little details and the gorgeous flowers. Your jewelry piece is just lovely as well. I bet your Mum was so pleased. Thanks so much for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. I hope you'll join us again soon ~


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