Time to Tassle

October 3, 2009

Ok, so here's the tassle necklace I just finished.  I based the design on a ready-made one I found at Michael's Crafts. The round silver pendant on the left is from Jill MacKay's collection.  I added black and white pearls and black and silver beads to round it out.  It looks kind of bulky in the picture but it's actually quite a light and delicate piece.  I love wearing it with turtlenecks.  It looks great with turtlenecks or any collared shirt for that matter (especially fitted button-down oxfords left open at the top -- the tassle hangs beautifully over the outside of the shirt).  I'm loving wearing it and plan on making quite a few more with other Jill MacKay pendants combined with silver and pearls.

Time for (dat da da da ) -- WORD OF THE WEEK: Cabochon.  I've seen this term bandied about all over the place and I had to ask  myself -- what the hell is a "cabochon?"   Well, according to Wikipedia, "A cabochon or cabachon, from the middle French caboche (head), is a gemstone which has been shaped and polished as opposed to faceted.  The resulting form is usually a convex top with a flat bottom."   Okay, like a gemstone you can lay flat and use as a pendant or a charm -- I plan on using some of these eventually in my original design patera bracelets.  Can't wait to get started on them.  I'll be going for a vintage feel.....
Now that your curiosity's been satisfied (well at least mine was) I must call it a night.  We had a nice day celebrating our town's 175th Anniversary (very cool that it's so old) and we're all tired.  First fire of the season is in the fireplace and it's calling my name.  Ciao for now.   

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