Well, after whining the other day about how tedious the first parts of this project were, the rest went nifty-swifto. And here’s my finished memory necklace:
The significant danglies include: door key; diary key; airplane charm; Virgin and child; evergreen tree; several leaves; dolphin charm; two astrological symbols; a Swarovski crystal; several circles; and a couple of stars. The rest are just pretty dangly things, mostly of glass or metal, with a few semi-precious stones. The main colors of the piece (silver and gold) symbolize richness. The clasp is another leaf and is sterling silver. I didn’t have any suitable dog charms. If I had, you can bet they’d have gone on there.
Here’s the original totem necklace by Chelle Mayer from the book Beading for the Soul. This is where I got instructions and inspiration:
Finally, here’s a not-great selfie showing the necklace “in action.” It drapes a bit differently than you might expect. The longest dangles form three triangles.