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June 15, 2019



Yeah, see, I would expect "someone buying a tiara to wear to the opera" would be interesting enough that it'd break through the bridal-bridal-bridal script, but! Apparently not!

Also, you can always glue in new rhinestones, if you want; just haul it in to a craft store and find something sparkly that's near the right color and the right size. If it only has to "last" one night, you could even just use Elmer's glue! (this is mostly if the empty rhinestone sockets are appreciably darker than the rest of the piece, which is sometimes the case; but still: galloping horse; not a real problem)


KC - I would do my own repairs, but the rhinestones are a particular shape I don’t have in my jewelry-making tote, and given that I didn’t notice it until it had been here for days, I’m okay with it staying as-is.


Yes, if you don't immediately notice, then don't bother! I was thinking of some missing-rhinestone tragedies I've seen, where the bright silver/chrome and the present rhinestones contrast sadly with the really dingy (or nearly-black) crannies where the absent rhinestones were wont to linger in their happier days. If their absence isn't blatant, then: opera without repairs!

(also! you have a jewelry-making tote??? What kind of jewelry?)


KC -cheap, plastic / resin jewelry. That hobby did teach me how to repair existing jewelry, though, so that was a positive thing that came out of it.


Did you cast your own resin? (that process looks fabulous but also not for the chemically sensitive, I suspect) I'm currently in the process of learning my way around wire+needle nose pliers, for a project, so I'm keeping my ears out for various forms of jewelry-making (which often have some overlap?). :-)

It's lovely when transient hobbies come with durable Useful Life Skills! Congratulations!


KC - oh, no, I never got beyond the basics. In high school I made a ring with a wax mold and poured heated metal, but I don’t have a kiln now that I’m an adult.


With resin you just mix two substances and pour into molds; not high equipment requirements, but reputedly stinky.

Lost-wax casting is SO COOL. I didn't get to make the cast or pour the metal, but I did get to make a wax model and have it converted into bronze (by professionals) once, and that whole feeling of "I made this and now it's in metal" was really surreal. Neatest art-history field trip ever. :-)


KC - I used that oven bakeable resin a few times. Sculpey.

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