Friday, May 22, 2009

A Very Special Order!

I was contacted several months ago by a sweet customer whose friend showed her my jewelry on the computer. The customer doesn't have a computer (or even a cell phone), but asked her friend to send me an e-mail and request a catalog. Well, I didn't have a catalog, but I printed out several designs and mailed my little "catalog" to her.

Several months later, I received a call and she was ready to place an order. We discussed the details and she ordered four pendants to be made from her grandmother's china. She mailed two little saucers (one is pictured below) and I went to work!

I was a little apprehensive because the saucers had very little design to them ~ just the white ridges along the edge. My customer asked that each of the pendants have the rim design on them. So, this was quite a challenge!

Here is a picture of my designs drawn on the saucers. As you can see, I was able to get quite a few pendants from just one little saucer! The big circle in the middle reminded me that there was a great back stamp on the bottom of the plate and I needed to preserve that area.

After I cut up that tiny little plate, I ended up with 21 pendants! Here are the finished pieces!

The little pendants without any design were just scraps leftover after cutting out the back stamp and edge pieces. As you can see, with very careful cutting, you can get a lot of pendants from one tiny little plate!