I had my heart set on making her one of my signature heart pendants, Popnicute Hearts
, but I didn't want it to be anything like what I've had before. To me, Drew's personality is lively and sweet, her style is a little bohemian with some inner rockstar persona. Therefore, I tried to make a piece that reflects all of those things I mentioned above.
I picked up a stunning Labradorite heart stone with amazing green flash. I read that green and blue were her favorite colors. I picked up my pen and sketched simple lines. I doodled on this old note book that I got from a bank in Indonesia. I played with shapes around the frame of the heart. The first doodle looked like doily. Too vintage, maybe? The second one looked like fire, blazing around the heart. I liked that. I brought the design to my computer and traced it. Didn't look quite right. I then combined the two shapes I doodled into one. Now the design flows very well. I liked it very much. Now it speaks Drew Barrymore to me.
doodles are just.. doodles.
I took Indonesian Batik motifs
as inspiration. Indonesian Batik incorporated a lot of repetitive patterns and organic elements in their designs. I re-imagined the traditional inspiration by infusing modern elements to make the design look more contemporary. I printed out the design, attached it with rubber cement to a brass sheet and started sawing. Broke 3 blades trying to get the piercing designs right. I sensed a need to order more saw blades in near future. Yeah, I have been known to have a sixth sense when it comes to shopping. LOL.
I never planned anything too detail on my designs. I let the piece guiding me where it wants to be taken. As I'm working, usually I'd add more elements and details. That's exactly what I did with this piece. The only concrete idea I had was the frame. While working on it, I'm adding wire details here and there. I picked up an Amethyst Swarovski crystal and trapped it in between these Bali style copper bead caps
. I have two of these on the necklace. Amethyst is Drew Barrymore's birthstone. She's a February baby
Pineapple quartz round beads were my choice to accompany this Labradorite heart pendant. I think their subtle beige color compliments brass very well. I added a simple copper wire bow toggle clasp at the end of brass ladder chain for the closure of this necklace. All in all, I spent countless hours making this necklace. Some parts were designed multiple times to get them look right.
A sweet little bow to add a girly touch.
I had fun on the photo shoot to photograph this necklace. The sun was shining, the day was so bright, providing a plethora of lights. Before posing like a fool in front of my camera, I styled myself with a combination of a solid purple linen dress topped with a ruffled end beige cardigan, cinched with a metallic, leopard print, stretchy belt. Funny thing about the belt, I got it new (lucky me) at the local Goodwill for $2.99. My husband hated it. He thought it was ****ing ugly. I bought it anyway and ha! Who's laughing now?
Do you think Drew Barrymore will like this necklace I made for her?
And what do you think of my packaging?
What's inside is the necklace (of course!), a note card for Drew, and a couple of business cards. I really hope I got everything right. I reprinted the note card twice because I found some typos and didn't use the right kind of paper. I designed everything myself. I'm so happy that everything comes together nicely and looks quite cohesive. The chocolate jewelry box and gold ribbon came from Nashville Wraps
. Love them! Very nice quality and fast shipping. The light brown kraft labels came from Creative Label Concepts
, also very nice products and fast shipping. I highly recommend these 2 companies.