Arts and craft projects
Silver key ring turned necklace9:00 AM
I got it as a gift from my MIL for Dhanteras when we headed to Lucknow to celebrate Diwali in 2014. Dhanteras is the first day of the 5 days celebration that is Diwali in India (no it is not just one day, and no it is not all about diyas and fire crakers).
On Dhanteras it is custom to buy and gift something made of metal to bring prosperity home. Most people buy and gift silver coins, or gold for those with a bigger budget. It is also common to replace all the old pots and pans and buy new one on that day.
After years of recieving coins on Dhanteras, my MIL decided to do something different that day and gifted all of us DILs a "saree key ring" made of silver.
Since neither me, nor my SILs really wear saree that often (for me that borders on almost never) and when we actually do wear one it is to go to a fancy wedding or party where displaying our household keys would make little sense, it made sense to convert this beautiful silver piece into something I would actually wear.
I found a store that sold exactly what I needed in May 2016, but by then I was still not sure if I wanted to go with my signature blue, or go for more earthen tones, or greens, or reds...or....you get the idea! I had to pick a color.
I then realised that I would have way more of a chance to wear it if I stuck to blue tones, as my wardrobe is packed with the hue.
For the record, said shop is Itsy Bitsy in Phoenix Market City Kurla, in Mumbai. And yes I KNOW, oh dear god I KNOW that they do have an online store, but hear me out before lecturing me about it.
The brick and mortar shop in the mall has something that the online store doesn't have: a "Bead Bar". Basically you just pick whatever beads you want, in whatever quantity you want and in whatever combination of colour you want and you pay per weight. The price is very reasonable at about 50 paisa per gram. They sell some of those beads in pre-packed little pouch of one type each at a much more inflated price, both in the store and online.
So yeah, I needed the store to re-open to stock up on those beads, hence the delay.
Once I had my beads, and the time to devote to this project I got to work. The first step was to remove the silver clip, and the key ring from the ornate silver pendant. That was quite easy to do as the silver was pretty soft and the loop of the clip holding everything together came open buy just twisting a pair of scissors in the opening.
To insert the pendant, I tied it to a loop of silvery metal first, as you can probably notice on the picture above.
This type of necklace is what I wear all the time I am not wearing sweat pants or sports wear, which means pretty much every time I am going outside for a meet up, events or fun outing. I don't like gold jewellery, or precious stones or any of that stuff. I've always been the chunky, boho necklace type of gal and once upon a time on the blog, I half joked that I was any husband's dream when it comes to jewellery : I hate the costly stuff. Or rather, I could not care less about it.