A Special Piece of Jewelry – Part II

I started the design of this special piece here.  Today I finished another step in the design as you can see:

Perky's Paw

Perky's Paw

Or I should say Perky finished another step!  Yep, this is my dear sweet Perky’s paw.  Not to worry, no puppies were harmed in the making of this print!  I had originally used a scanner to scan her paw, but with her black toes and black hair I couldn’t get a clear print.  Not her fault – after all, she is a Black Lab!  So I bought a non-toxic, water-based, easily washable ink pad and took her print the old fashioned way.  She was very patient and humored me, both with the scanner and the “fingerprinting.”

The largest print is her full-size print; I made reductions of this for the other sizes.  I will have to look at the proportions of all the components before I decide which size print I will be using.

Doesn’t Perky have the cutest little paw?  I’m glad I’ll have this print to remember her by, after she goes in for her Guide Dog training.  I may do this for all the pups I raise, from now on.

I don’t think you’ll be able to guess what charity this special piece is for.  There will be another clue in the next design post.

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6 Responses to A Special Piece of Jewelry – Part II

  1. dee May 21, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

    I love it Maria, can’t wait for the final..how cute are those paws?!

  2. Vicki Bensinger May 22, 2009 at 7:30 am #

    Perky’s paw print is so cute. I love the idea of using the Lapis. I had no idea it had that meaning, how appropriate especially when you consider your dog to be your best friend and companion.

    I’ll keep my eyes open for someone that deals with Lapis. This sounds like it will be a fun project and very rewarding.

  3. Maria May 22, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

    Thanks, Dee and Vicki. Yes, Perky is a cutie!

    I’m really enjoying sharing the design process of this piece. It actually forces me to think about why I’m making the choices I do – choices that I usually make instinctively.

  4. Angela@spinachtiger May 22, 2009 at 11:49 pm #

    You have me so intrigued. Yes, it’s a great paw print. I should do that with my Jinkie and Eyore.

    Keep going Maria. I smell success!

  5. Maria May 23, 2009 at 7:11 pm #

    Of course you should! Like those little hand/foot prints they make for babies – only for our furbabies 🙂

    I will be successful – I want to raise LOTS of money for this particular charity!

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