by Tamara Robertson.
(Sarnia, Ontario, Canada)
During the month of January I worked on a project that I was inspired to do during Christmas, but being the busier season that it is, I didn’t have time to do it then.
What inspired me was … tissue paper! The pretty, delicate pieces of wrapping that get used to cover treasures, but then get thrown away as soon as they become wrinkled.
“Hmmm” I thought, “there’s got to be something I can do with this. It seems so wasteful.
I’ve always loved tissue paper. Once, a Dollar Store near me was closing and had a clearance sale, and I bought every colour they had I think! 🙂
I decided that what I wanted to try covering were some of the chandelier crystals that I have in my stash, obtained by finding a chandelier on the side of the road. I’ve made necklaces with some of them, but I still had a lot of them left.
My first thought was to make them into Christmas ornaments, and my inspiration for colour were the vintage Christmas lights that I’m in love with. When I owned a house several years ago, we decorated our outside with these lights, that I would find in thrift stores. I like the colours much better than the LED lights that came out after.
I used to look at the lights and search out all the individual colours – pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, white. I was so delighted this year when I visited a thrift store and found a basket of pine cones with these lights in them! I took it home, fixed it up, and was able to enjoy my pretty coloured lights all season. I’ve included a picture of my lights so you can see my inspiration.
I also realized that this project was a good opportunity to use bits of vintage jewellery and embellished lace that I had in my stash.
I cut pieces of tissue paper into random sizes and shapes, and used Mod Podge to cover my glass drops. When they’re held up to the light, they are a bit translucent, and you can see the lines from the paper, which I wanted.
Then I embellished them. As I did them, I realized that they definitely could be used as necklace pendants as well. Some of them look quite Christmassy, others could be worn as pendants year round.
I had some cool shaped Christmas tree hooks, and I decided to put them on them for now, because I think I would like to keep them as a set for myself. When I look at them, I know where each little embellishment came from. They’re bits of my jewellery-making history and journey. But they can at any time be changed up with a chain.
The red lace one looked like a Valentine’s Day pendant to me, so I put it on a vintage chain. It would also look great during the Christmas season too. The tissue paper it is made with is the one I used for the background – white with silver sparkles.
So this is my Christmas-Valentine’s-Day-Pendant-Ornament post! 😀
I’m curious if you think they look more like jewellery or Christmas ornaments, or which ones you would definitely see as pendants. Any favourites?
Pink Pearls and Potpourri