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I am obsessed with books, so this was a natural inspiration for me. Every time I wear this adorable mini bookshelf locket, people are totally fascinated with it and by the ability to actually read the book titles and spines. This little beauty is the perfect gift for a librarian, Harry Potter fan, bibliophile, or someone who just loves books and antiques.
I begin my custom project with an authentic antique or vintage pocket watch case. I spend hours and days (and sometimes many late nights) searching for the right cases that are pleasing, and yet are still affordable. These watches and watch parts are getting quite expensive due to the popularity of the upcycle movement and steampunk influences.
I chose my favorite books, took photos of the entire covers, then printed and sealed them. Most of them are 1/2″ tall or less. I place the miniature books on the two tiny shelves, arranging them as I would at home…crammed into every nook and cranny! I couldn’t fit them all on the shelves, so they carry over, spilling out onto the case lid. I can only do this if the pocket watch case is covered. Most cases are open-faced and don’t allow this, but they do allow the books to be visible while you are wearing the locket, rather than hiding behind the case.
Your look will depend on how many books I have to work with. You may use choose only Harry Potter books, or a mix with your other favorites. I also have many other HP companion books that I can use to fill in, if you desire. This truly is a one-of-a-kind statement necklace that is both elegant and unusual. Each and every one is unique and never the same, due to the use of antique pocket watch cases. Even if you aren’t into Harry Potter, this necklace is a gorgeous piece if you love books and antiques.
I show a selection in the photos above of four goldtone, closed-face pocket watch cases that I have available at this time. They would enable me to scatter books on the lid. I recently found a set of open-face silvertone cases that will better show off your books. They will be available as soon as they arrive and I add photos of them to this listing. The bookshelf locket will arrive suspended from your choice of necklace. This case needs to be a sufficient size, usually around an 1-1/2″, in order to add the books, so it looks best with a longer necklace. NECKLACE SHOWN IS NOT INCLUDED.
Send me a message here and together, let’s brainstorm and create your own personalized masterpiece! We will communicate about sizes and options, and I will send photos as we progress to assure that you love what is being created for you. You must have the ability to send me good, clear photos of your favorite books, due to the miniature size. Fortunately, most cell phones take pretty amazing photos these days.
I really enjoy the time spent putting these pieces together and letting my creativity flow. I can get lost for hours, sometimes even days, fiddling around with them, trying to find the perfect combination; and searching for the components around town and on the internet. I probably spend too much time doing so – but it is a labor of love!
About Harry Potter-inspired jewelry and collectibles
If you love Harry Potter as much as I do, you’ve found the right place! I have created a unique line of collectibles and jewelry for teens and adults that is affordable– including an upscale line of Harry Potter-inspired jewelry created with vintage and antique pocket watches and parts, hardware and jewels for the more discriminating adult. I had trouble finding jewelry I would wear myself, as most of the available jewelry out there were one of two extremes- either cheaply made or geared towards children – or expensive 14K gold and pure sterling pieces. There just wasn’t much to be found in the middle price range. So I solved that little problem by creating my own! I also carry a wide selection of props and gifts for the collector or for that amazing Harry Potter party. Here, you can find a unique piece to share your Harry Potter love without breaking the bank!
Unlike my other line of authentic antique pocket watch jewelry, most of the charms I use in the Harry Potter –inspired line of jewelry are new Tibetan silver components, which is a non-tarnishing, affordable white metal alloy that is lead and nickel free. Some may contain a small bit of pure silver, but it is not guaranteed. I try to create unique AND affordable jewelry, so my components are not sterling silver. If you are very sensitive to metals, I recommend searching for a high end line of jewelry of actual gold or silver. Nickel is a common culprit, but not always. Some parts such as jump rings, chain, clasps, earrings wires, and findings are often silver-plated. I DO create a few upscale pieces with antique and/or vintage watch parts and hardware, and they will be noted as such.
Pendants come with a necklace of my choice that best matches the pendant. A few come with a necklace of your choice . You may change it if you wish. Just drop me a note with the order. I usually offer satin cording, suede cord, memory wire chokers, organza ribbon, silk sari ribbon and plated chain for the necklaces.
Please consider these pieces as wearable art, and wear them accordingly. They are not meant to be slept in, showered with, or worn during sporting activities.
Your product(s) can be damaged if:
- Too much pressure is applied to the delicate pieces.
- Product is allowed to get wet.
For some pieces, I use a jeweler’s epoxy and/or industrial-strength glue that is a favorite of professional jewelers. It is both waterproof and flexible, but given the right circumstances, anything can break. Some parts may be soldered, and many are connected with wire-wrapping or jump rings. Please contact me if you need any assistance with repairs.
My jewelry and collectible handmade products are not intended for children under the age of 5. Jewelry may contain small pieces that can be a choking hazard if swallowed or put into the mouth. Other items, such as wands or books, are meant for the collector, Harry Potter-themed parties, or as a costume accessory, and are not intended to be used as toys.
That being said…it IS tempting to play with the wands…. I know- my grandchildren play with mine! But please remember that excessive play may lead to damage. Wands may chip, fade, break, or splinter if played with roughly, and may become hazardous for small children. Nothing is indestructible – even Harry’s wand could not be fixed with normal magic! If older children use these collectibles as toys, please use them safely. Do not poke at or hit other wizards. I am not responsible for improper use of my wands. Play with them at your own risk and use common sense. If you are ok with eventually replacing them after some wear and tear, that is great by me!
Crystals and Cogs is not associated with Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., J.K. Rowling, or any of the Harry Potter books, films or associated publishers. HARRY POTTER, all related characters, names, places and all other related indicia are a registered trademark of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. and JK Rowling. I create jewelry purely inspired by my love of the books, and these pieces are not approved by any of the above-mentioned organizations.
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