Last summer Sean and I took a trip to the UK for fun. (See: England, Scotland… Still need to edit Ireland. ;)) The trip to the UK was during the high point of my magpie rock collecting phase where I picked up rocks from the places I visit.
I turned all of the rocks I picked up from the UK into a large + elaborate necklace the likes of which is only seen around the necks of crazy people and folks with no shame. (You can decide which category I fall into? :))
Because I was picking up rocks from everywhere, many of the rocks in my necklace are basically gravel. (Like my rocks from Stonehenge are totally from the parking lot.) But I just wanted to have a meaningful souvenir from the trip that I could keep forever and I wouldn’t regret spending serious dollars/pounds/Euros.
As I was collecting these rocks from all over, I would scrip them and then collect them in labeled plastic bags. When I got back home to NYC, I took them out of the bag and then labeled them with masking tape so that I could arrange them into a necklace formation.
After I placed all of these rocks into a necklace formation, I cut a piece of leather to fit underneath and then glued the rocks to the leather. Then I stitched some hemp string on top to make the rocks even more secure.
Before I took all of the tape labels off, I embroidered labels of the places and stitched them to the back so I can always remember where the rocks came from. There are also two pieces of tartan ribbon at the ends of the necklace ties that I got in Scotland.