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Topic: The Desperation of Mourning.
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Dec 5, 2012 12:35AM)
The funeral was beautiful and full of sympathies and condolences but as the families and friends left James was left with an open casket and his sorrows. The following week the locket, a beautiful thing to remember the vibrancy of his love, had just been dropped off by the jeweler. At night he would sit holding this locket in his hands brushing her photograph with his thumb begging for her to come back to him.

Weeks went by and driven by desperation he seeks the help of a medium in the town. The medium had asked if him to bring a lock of her hair which was of coarse in his piece of mourning jewelry. After having some modifications made to the locket per the request of the medium he it became less a necklace and more a pendulum which the medium claimed would allow him to converse with his beloved.

That evening he walked into the shabby dwellings of the medium that smelled of opium and tobacco and hoped. It was the first time he had felt hopeful since her passing.

The medium entered the gas-lamp lit room and sat with James.

"Did you bring the locket?" he had.

"AND did you bring the money?" hehe, he had.

"James, your wife has heard your cries. She can feel your....desperation. Stand with me James and take hold of the chain by its end"

The medium had looked about the room and found parchment tearing two small bits off of the large paper and wrote one word on each "YES" and "NO"

"I know you doubt my abilities. This is why I leave all communications in your hands. We will begin....."
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Dec 5, 2012 12:46AM)
Each pendulum is made by hand. The chain and theme can be what ever you wish but there is one thing to note. Each of these are made using authentic mourning lockets from the victorian era. The photographs and hair are the authentic photographs and hair of the deceased memorialized in the piece. The chain and end bead may be anything you wish from 18K gold to copper. The end bead can be anything from authentic 2000 BC egyptian beads all the way up to no end bead at all. I create custom pieces and performance suggestions. I am creating the first finished product, excluding the test versions using cheap non-authentic antiques and silver and gold chain. The photo included will be one of the first pieces in the collection. As these will all be one of a kind there is no means of creating a replica. I am using my collection of mourning jewelry and antiquities to create these pieces.
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Dec 5, 2012 01:44AM)
I will post tiny attached photo updates of my progress with this first piece in the collection.

Thanks for inspiring me to actually make these everyone one on the forum!

It's going to be a beautiful piece for spirit theatre and the mystery performer but more importantly it preserves pieces of history and repurposes them while preserving and repecting the memory of the long since passed.
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Dec 5, 2012 02:22PM)
Just got the natural baltic amber beads in and now it's time to work can't wait to update soon with pics and then the finished piece!
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Dec 5, 2012 07:46PM)
You're giving me goose bumps. Creepy, cool, wonderful.
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Dec 5, 2012 09:01PM)
Thank you! I can't wait. Comes with only aged yes and no cards but can be used without. Working on it now. Design is finalized.
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Dec 7, 2012 07:45PM)
Chain and beads had to be modified now I'm using amber colored antique and metal beads from around 1930 but they asthetically are appropriate for the time period.
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Dec 7, 2012 07:47PM)
Mourning locket should be in Monday. Then I will be hand aging the yes no cards on heavy textured cardstock and aged antique newspaper.
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Dec 7, 2012 08:26PM)
Looking forward to the next pics.
Message: Posted by: JessicaSilver (Dec 9, 2012 03:03PM)
Lovely. Can't wait for more photos.
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Dec 9, 2012 03:57PM)
Thanks Jessica can't wait to share more, also of note it the fact the story for each unique piece comes with a story signed LE 1 of 1 and the actual provinance of the authentic mourning jewelry.
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Dec 9, 2012 07:11PM)
Looks like this will all be done just in time for a bit of Christmas Mourning :)
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Dec 12, 2012 11:21PM)
[img]http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb325/mstgracy/IMAG0149.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Dec 12, 2012 11:25PM)
[img]http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb325/mstgracy/IMAG0147.jpg[/img]

Locket Pendulum has been finished now waiting on antique news paper to get here to finish the secondary prop.
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Dec 12, 2012 11:28PM)
[img]http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb325/mstgracy/IMAG0148.jpg[/img]

Victorian Seed Pearls and original tin type. Just 2 or three strands of hair on the left side.
Message: Posted by: afinemesh (Dec 12, 2012 11:30PM)
Very nice, Kyle!
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Dec 12, 2012 11:47PM)
Thanks! Can't wait for the card accompanyment to be finished.
Message: Posted by: Godzilla (Dec 13, 2012 12:03AM)
Yes !
It does look very nice, Kyle!
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Dec 13, 2012 12:06AM)
Thank you so much. I couldn't ask for higher praise than you guys! I'll keep updating until this artifact is complete.
Message: Posted by: Stoltz (Dec 13, 2012 08:38AM)
I'm a sucker for pendulums, and I really like that this uses actual mourning jewelry and antiques.
You said they come from your collection, does this imply that we might get to see the rest?
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Dec 13, 2012 12:11PM)
Oh yes. I make them to order so if you have a specific theme to accomadate request. If I don't have it in my collection I am well connected to numerous mouning jewelry collectors.
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Dec 13, 2012 12:29PM)
I am not making more than one at a time because of the cost prohibative nature of these projects. This piece would sell for right at $160 when finished. Actual antiques add to cost but it really is beautiful.