Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mani and Pedi plans

Mum and Dad gave me some beautiful dark red nail polish (think Rouge Noir) for xmas and i'm going to use it on our toenails when we do our pedicures the day before the wedding. I told Chantelle of my idea of finding a manicurist in Rome who spoke English and didn't cost the earth, and that i'd been looking but hadn't found anything below €40 each. She suggested we do our own manicures as well, so when i got back up to Perth i kept a lookout in the shops and was lucky to find a Bourjois kit for $15 (half price). It's got a curved brush for the white polish which is supposed to make it easier to use - i agree. I had a go at using it as soon as i got home, and aside from some shaky hands it turned out pretty well. The photo is a bit blurry but still recognisable.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ring shopping and a change to the Elven engraving

We've changed our minds again :)

We weren't entirely happy with our previous choice of phrase (two hearts, two minds, one love), and so we both kept coming up with minor changes to it which weren't a great deal better. We began then to redo it completely, and thought about what we really wanted to say to each other, and came up with My one, my only, for always. This ends up as quite a short line in Quenya, so i added the wedding date to the end.

In Quenya, numbers are reversed, so a year will number right to left, instead of left to right, as below.
My one, my only, for always. 7 October 2010.
Quénya, ernya, an illumë. 7 Narquelië 0102.
I work out my translations from the English-Quenya wordlist, an rtf document kept on http://folk.uib.no/hnohf/wordlists.htm, and then feed the Quenya words into the Online Tengwar Transcriber.

And in the Elvish Tengwar Annatar font, it looks like this:

I was in the city today for lunch and since we'd had no luck at jewellers over the last few weeks trying to find the rings we wanted, i went into a jewellers i know to ask if they could custom make one. I described what i wanted, the guy fired off a few questions then walked over to a display cabinet, took out a ring and said, "Imagine this with a satin finish; is it what you're after?" And it was *exactly* what i was after! It's an amazingly simple ring but we've not been able to find it anywhere at the jewellers in the big shopping centres, and even with their plain polished rounded rings the prices were higher than i thought was reasonable. One shop last night was asking $600 for them - this is 9k white gold, not platinum, and it's mass produced so to my mind should be cheaper than a custom one. The jewellers i visited today however have estimated the price at $300 :)

I'm going in again on the weekend to bring in the script for them to look at and advise on the width of the ring. They send all work to the engraver i have picked out (they're the shop that advised me to go to him) and, as the engraver himself told us, the jeweller said he can engrave on any width, but the script i want may not look right with too narrow a ring, so i'll bring it in so they can suggest a width. I'll also get them to see if i should get my engagement ring taken down a half size (it's a little on the loose side) or just leave as is.

Friday, December 4, 2009

DIY bridal jewellery: bracelet

It's more of a bangle than a bracelet. Two loops of memory wire, with a pearl and crystal at each end, rice pearls and crystals making up the bangle to match my lariat.

I used: 9 4mm Swarovski crystals in Clear
64 rice pearls
2 6mm Swarovski crystals in Clear
2 6mm Swarovski pearls in Light Cream Rose
2 loops of memory wire

To prevent the beads slipping off, i tried closing the ends with a crimp, but these were too easy to slip off the wire. I ended up bending the wire then pinching it into a U shape.

That's all my jewellery done, now to keep working on Chantelle's which is proving quite fiddly!

DIY bridal jewellery: lariat necklace

Got home to find my pearls had arrived! So, after dinner i got to making the lariat necklace. I'd already made the tassels, so it was just a matter of stringing the pearls and crystals onto the tiger tail until i got the right length, then attaching the tassels to finish.

I needed 19 sections; each eight rice pearls and one Swarovski crystal per section, to complete the lariat. Finished, it measures 110cm long.

I used: 152 rice pearls
20 4mm Swarovski crystals in Clear
8 6mm Swarovski crystals in Clear
8 6mm Swarovski pearls in Light Cream Rose
32 seed beads
16 head pins
10cm heart chain
100cm pearl Tiger Tail
2 crimps

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

DIY bridal jewellery: earrings

The first of my three pieces of DIY bridal jewellery has been completed: my earrings. They didn't take long to make; an hour perhaps? The longest part was bending the headpins into a loop at the top.

For each earring, i used five 6mm Swarovski pearls in Light Cream Rose, five 6mm clear Swarovski crystals, ten head pins 19mm long, 20 clear AB size 11/0 seed beads, a 5cm piece of sterling silver heart chain, and an earring hook. The only tool i use for beading is a pair of needle nose pliers, which can bend and cut wire.

First, i placed a seed beed, then either a crystal or pearl, then another seed bead on each headpin. I bent the unbeaded part of each headpin into an unclosed loop, then slipped each of the loops over a chain link and closed them, and attached the chain to the earring hook.