Some Other Things You Can Do with Freshwater Pearls

by Nata Shubin.
(Nevada City, California)

Some Other Things You Can Do with Freshwater Pearls by Nata Shubin  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

My friend was very moved by it. She says there hardly a day goes by that she doesn’t look at it and remembers her sweet dog.

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I recently came across a fantastic old-stock (from the 80s!) find: a lady was selling her jewelry making supplies, and I couldn’t believe my luck when I left her place with bags of freshwater pearls in my hands! Soon after I found an authentic vintage Limoges porcelain cabochon in a French antiques shop online.

Some Other Things You Can Do with Freshwater Pearls by Nata Shubin  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Memorial pearl embroidered ornament “You Are That Star In The Night Sky Now”, with a hand-stitched beaded pouch with a tassel to go with it.

I immediately knew what the project was going to be, and whom it was meant for: a friend of mine recently lost her precious old Schnauzer dog and felt heartbroken.

I scattered a handful of pearls around the cab to see if they would “play nicely” together, and the pearls formed a very pretty outline around the cab, which I first traced with a pencil, and then embroidered with those pearls. Added some lace ruffles, and a separately embroidered with antique seed beads feather, hand-stitched a beaded pouch with a tassel to go with it, and this is how a memorial ornament “You Are That Star In The Night Sky Now” was born. My friend was very moved by it. She says there hardly a day goes by that she doesn’t look at it and remembers her sweet dog.

I think this was one of the most inspired projects I’ve done lately.

Nata Shubin
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  • Sharla says:

    gorgeous! What a kind gesture!

  • Rena Klingenberg says:

    A fabulous mixed-media piece. The frame is gorgeous made with different sizes and colors of pearls. And the matching beaded pouch is a lovely way to keep the ornament. A unique and meaningful piece for a bereaved friend.

  • Judy P says:

    I am so touched by this piece. It is more than lovely. The fact that you found the pearls and then the cab, is amazing. I want to hangout with you when you are browsing!

  • Nata says:

    Thank you for your appreciation of my work, Rena! And thank you for this opportunity.

  • Nata says:

    Judy, Thank you! Well, inspired events like this one do not happen often … but then again, once in a while they do! Wishing you the same good luck (and even better!)

  • Nata says:

    Thank you, Sharla!

  • Cathy says:

    Beautiful work.

  • Christine Rehkop says:

    What a beautiful and creative piece!

  • Nata says:

    Thank you, Cathy!

  • Nata says:

    Thank you, Christine!

  • You are very talented and also very very thoughtful.

  • Alice says:

    Wow, this is dynamite. Gorgeous. Such a nice way to help a friend remember her little friend in a beautiful way. Nice job.

  • Judith says:

    Beautiful piece. Very creative.

  • Rumy says:

    Nata,

    You are a true artist with a big heart. As an animal lover I was deeply moved by your story and the healing art work you created. It is also an inspiring piece, involving a lot of skill and imagination, which will be a useful reference point for those of us with pets and the friends of pet owners. Thank you!

  • Alysen says:

    Beautiful stitching & such a thoughtful gesture!

  • Nata says:

    Thank you, Barbara!

  • Nata says:

    Thank you, Alice! You are too kind.

  • Rita Muller says:

    This is lovely Nata, just lovely! The sentiment goes a long way for your friend who lost a dear family member. I’m sure she was elated by your gift. Thank you for sharing.

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