Monday, April 15, 2013

My Latest Jewelry Project

A few facts:
  • I am a rabid Scrabble fan. I own 8 boards. Two are for my own use and six were for my classroom and the annual Scrabble tournament I held. I'm keeping all 8 boards, even if I never work as a classroom teacher again.
  • The last time I was in a thrift store, I bought an incomplete set of Scrabble tiles for $1, because a person can never have too many Scrabble tiles.
  • April 13th was International Scrabble Day.
  • Because of International Scrabble Day, Emma Jeffrey challenged all the Fiskateers to make a project incorporating Scrabble.  
  • I can't resist a challenge, especially a Fiskateer challenge.

I decided to make myself a Scrabble necklace. I dug through the tiles and found a C that wasn't too beat up. I used Diamond Glaze to create a nice domed top. When it was dry, I tackled the question of how to mount the tile.  The proper thing to do would have been to use an actual jewelry setting, but I didn't have any and didn't want to wait until I could get to a craft store to buy one.  So I decided to improvise. And for that, I turned to earrings.  

As a teenager in the '80s, I followed the mandatory dress code of pegged pants, multiple pairs of socks, striped polo and/or rugby shirts, and large earrings that matched my socks (which in turn, matched the stripes on my rugby shirt). All my earrings were in divided containers, organized by color. I still have my huge collection. Check out just a few of the fabulous earrings from the pink section.  

 
I dug through my earring collection and struck gold - literally. I found an earring piece without a mate that would work perfectly to mount my Scrabble tile. I used a strong cement to attach it and crossed my fingers. When it was dry, I added an old chain. 



And here it is! My new Scrabble necklace. I absolutely love the way it turned out!


I'm going to wear it during my next game to intimidate my opponent. Of course, my next opponent is probably going to be Trevor, who does not intimidate easily...  

8 comments:

  1. Ohhhhhhhh this is FABULOUS!! I loveeeeeeeee it!!

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  2. very cute!! Love scrabble tiles too. Thay are getting harder to find in the junkin' world.:):)

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  3. I love scrabble to! I played all the time w/ my mom when I was a little girl; I think that's why I am such a great speller! Madison has started showing an interest as well...even going as far as pulling out the game and asking me if I want to play. And I'm glad because not only is it fun to spend time w/ her but her reading/spelling skills are not so great and I am hoping this will help!
    Love your necklace! Very creative and cute! I want one!!! :0)

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  4. So cute! I love scrabble!! Do you play Words with Friends?! My husband is obssessed with it ;) I've wanted to make one of these and put a fun patterned paper scrap on the backside.... thanks for the inspiration!! :)

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  5. Oooh Trevor's going to be so intimidated. LOL Too funny Cindy! Great project.

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  6. Haha...intimidate your opponent? That cracked me up...:)
    Love what you did with your scrabble tile. Simple and clever and practical projects appeal greatly to me. :)

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  7. LOVE this post!!! :) I have very fond memories of my 80s wardrobe and accessories. I believe my mom still has an old tackle box full of junk jewelry and things I fashioned to BE jewelry during those times. Love your necklace!

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