Monday, February 13, 2012

Paua Brooch Re-work Project Completed!...

I posted a couple of weeks back about my re-work project, transforming a 40+ year old inherited brooch into something my friend (it's owner) would wear.

Ta da ... she's done!

I must admit it was a little nerve-wracking when I realised the brooch back was in fact not glued but riveted onto the shell with teeny weeny but really strong rivets!  3 types of pliers and some very careful twisting and pulling later, the back came off in one piece :D - I can't tell you how relieved I was!!
In progress


 
back view



I decided not to fill in the teeny rivet hole as it's part of the history of the shell and testament to the form it used to have. Can you spot it?


17 comments:

  1. Wow it is gorgeous! I would love to learn how to do the wire netting you used to hold the paua.

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    1. Thanks Bobbie, I've heard it called needle-lace but really it's a modified form of Viking knit :)

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  2. Amazing Mel , must be one your best I have seen, gorgeous well done you your wire work is gorgeous. Your friend will truly have something special to treasure. xxMel

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    1. Thanks Mel, it's Joy's. I felt really privileged she trusted me to work on it :)

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  3. Fabulous! You've really done it justice

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  4. Really lovely, love the mesh wire work Mel, cheers Marie

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  5. Deb Field Tweeter 2021Tue Feb 14, 04:54:00 PM

    MEL.its Beautiful. You did a super job. You
    are so talented all of your work is superb.
    Really looking forward to getting mine when it arrives in Canadda.
    CHEERS

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    1. Hi Deb - it shouldn't be too far away now :)

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  6. Joy picked up her necklace today and it looks FABULOUS on her :)

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  7. Looks just so wonderful Mel.

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    1. Thanks Fay - it had special meaning to make :)

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  9. This is absolutely beautiful! Your friend is very lucky to have you for a special re-make!

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    1. Thank you Knitrageous, my friend was delighted with it :)

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  10. Thank you so much Mel for recreating my Mum's brooch into something I will always cherish! Everyone who sees it compliments me on it - a tribute to your skills. And I love carrying a little piece of NZ with me too.

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    1. You are most welcome Joy :) Can't wait to hear how you're getting on!

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