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Carnation Keepsake by DesireeMorte Carnation Keepsake by DesireeMorte
This is a very special necklace. The vial pendant contains dried carnation petals from my boyfriend's grandmother's funeral last summer. I dried the flowers, because I'm a little sentimental and I keep a lot of things from significant occasions, even the sad ones.

This necklace is sort of a preservation of her memory, I know the flowers probably wouldn't survive something like moving to a new place. Now a part of them is safe.



The vial contains pink and red carnation petals and two freshwater pearls. I replaced the eyelet screw in the cork with my own version, consisting of a leafy bead cap, pale pink Czech glass bead and wire coil. The cork was dabbed with clear drying glue, to make sure the vial doesn't fall off.

The rest of the necklace consists of 22 gauge color coated copper wire, pink Czech glass, garnet red Czech glass, bronze leafy bead caps and the occasional byzantine knot. Adjustable chain with bead dangle at the end, and a hand made clasp to match.

You can see a closer version of the vial itself here [link]

This won't be for sale, for obvious sentimental value reasons.
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:icongadgiecat13:
GadgieCAT13 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
This is so pretty! The vial and the chain go well together. And the photo looks great, I just love how you've presented the necklace.

What kind of glue did you use, and does it work really well? I'm trying to find one that will work for my glass vials, and I know a lot of glues won't stick to glass.
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:icondevinecrafts:
devinecrafts Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
what a beautiful thing to do
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:iconpoeticgirl14:
poeticgirl14 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
this is just amazing. that was a really good idea. :):) I love drying up flowers too. I usually like drying roses that I get. :):)
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:icondesireemorte:
DesireeMorte Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
I dry all the roses I get. I recently moved though, and they stayed back home. it's too hard to transport them without crunching them. That's part of where the idea for this came from.
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:iconpoeticgirl14:
poeticgirl14 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
oh ok I see. well I absolutely love the idea! =D
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:iconjoharasaluki:
joharasaluki Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
Great idea....I suppose the uses for this would be endless..
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:icondesireemorte:
DesireeMorte Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
I come up with new uses for those every day..... too many lol

Thanks :-)
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:iconscoop51:
Scoop51 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
What a wonderful keepsake and memory piece.
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:icondesireemorte:
DesireeMorte Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
Thanks :-)
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:iconpralinkova-princezna:
pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work! :heart:
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:icondesireemorte:
DesireeMorte Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
Thanks :-)
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:iconwireworkersanonymous:
that's so sweet of you to do that.
and the necklace is beautiful.
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:icondesireemorte:
DesireeMorte Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
Thanks very much :-)
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midKnightMuse Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
I love this idea for the purpose you have used it for. I have seen many of these "vial" necklaces- mostly with small seed beads and glitter- <which to me look so silly (not a fan of glitter!) and not very elegant. The one you made is very beautiful and very elegant.

I'm sorry for your loss, but this little "memory" capsule will remind you of what a beautiful woman she was.
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:icondesireemorte:
DesireeMorte Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
Thanks very much :-)
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:iconmidknightmuse:
midKnightMuse Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
your welcome ;)
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:iconpiratesglory:
PiratesGlory Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
gorgeous
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:icondesireemorte:
DesireeMorte Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
:blush:
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:iconabusohana:
abusohana Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
That would be an awesome thing to sell...empty. I would love to have some of these for sentimental flowers. I have lost so many flowers because of moving..
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:icondesireemorte:
DesireeMorte Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
Hmmmmm very good idea. :-)
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:icontalyra:
talyra Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
This is a beautiful thing indeed. The sentiment behind it is lovely, and the colours are well chosen. Pink and red can be awkward, but you've picked a lovely pair of shades that work beautifully.

For the male version (yeah, I read the other comments too ;)), I'd stick with silver, but you could use plain black beads if you wanted some contrast. Also, a slightly thicker gauge wire might be a good idea - gents' jewellery tends towards the chunkier end of things.
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:icondesireemorte:
DesireeMorte Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
Thanks, I don't normally use pink AND red because it's too valentine's day. But I like these colors too.

I think I'll do silver, and as someone mentioned, black pearls for the men's necklace :-) And I also just got a comment about maybe selling empty ones so people can put their own flowers in them.
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:iconaelislaurel:
AelisLaurel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
Very poignant; and beautifully photographed.
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:icondesireemorte:
DesireeMorte Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
Thanks so much :-) I'm glad the picture turned out well.
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:iconenchantadorn:
enchantadorn Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow what an original idea putting dried flowers into a vial.
I'm disappointed you didn't at the very least credit me for the idea.
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:icondesireemorte:
DesireeMorte Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
I'm sorry you took offense that I didn't credit you. I didn't know we needed to state every influence we ever had in every piece we ever made. I already credited you in my latest journal as one of my bigger inspirations on DeviantArt, it's no surprise to anyone who watches my gallery that something you did INSPIRED one of my pieces. Do you never get inspiration from other artists?

And Talyra is right, I've seen it done before, yours just made a bigger statement to me because I like your work.

I would just be happy knowing I inspired someone at all, I wouldn't even want the credit. I'd know, and I'd be happy with that.
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:iconenchantadorn:
enchantadorn Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I apologize for being so annoyed.
I was a bit miffed about it but it's fine.
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:icondesireemorte:
DesireeMorte Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
I can understand that. Next time I end up with a piece that is reminiscent of something inspired by you I'll be sure to note it. :-)
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:icontalyra:
talyra Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
And I'm sure you're not the first to think of that either. In fact, I know of someone else right here who pust tiny roses in their work, so no, you're not the first or only one. Quite apart from that, there's no need for sarcasm in deviation comments, especially in a piece with so much personal resonance for the artist. You could have at least sent her a polite note and kept it private.

This is such a supportive community normally, this kind of thing really makes me sad.
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:iconenchantadorn:
enchantadorn Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
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:iconenchantadorn:
enchantadorn Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
You may well be correct that I am not the first to do this however recently I posted my Reliquary necklace where Desiree commented on what a great idea it was. So, yes, she got it from me.
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:icondesireemorte:
DesireeMorte Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
Going back through your gallery, I notice you have used the rose petals once before. I didn't 'steal' the idea then, even though I was watching your gallery when it was posted. Because I didn't have vials, and I didn't have some very special flowers constantly losing petals. I'm sorry that you're so upset about this.
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:iconsweetirie:
sweetirie Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
That is sweet... :D
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:icondesireemorte:
DesireeMorte Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
Indeed :-) Thanks
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:icongreen-envy-designs:
green-envy-designs Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
beautiful work and what a lovely thought! really lovely :)
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:icondesireemorte:
DesireeMorte Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Thanks so much :-) Who knew I'd love to work with pink and red together.

My boyfriend loved the necklace, but it makes him a little sad
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:icongreen-envy-designs:
green-envy-designs Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very understandable. it holds such personal feelings.
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:icondesireemorte:
DesireeMorte Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
He thinks his dad might like one, so I'm trying to figure out how to make one of these manly. I have a vial left, I'd work with silver wire... but red beads might be too much. I'm pondering.
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:icongreen-envy-designs:
green-envy-designs Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i'd say no beads just wire. fairly plain. not too smooth/subtle detailed work.
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:icondesireemorte:
DesireeMorte Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
I agree. I was thinking of using a just silver beads, a simple silver spacer bead to add texture to the metal, but keep it metal all around.
Thanks for your input!!
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green-envy-designs Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
anytime! i can imagen how special this must be for him! :) (ps did you think of black pearls for him? with maybe yellow leaves? i dunno just hit me that would be nice. anyways LOL whatever you do im sure he'll adore it for
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:icondesireemorte:
DesireeMorte Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
I'd love to find some black pearls :-)
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