Anyhow she saw my bird jack-in-the-box necklace that I made quite a while ago now - and asked if I could make her a similar one with a dog inside.
She has a "goofy" golden retriever and sent me this lovely photo for inspiration of her Max with his girlfriend on the right hand side!
For my jack in the box pieces, I collaborate with Kim from JujuBeadz. She makes lovely whimsical beads from glass and I like the contrast the colored glass makes with the silver. She has closed her store for now, but I emailed her and asked her if she could possibly make a glass golden retriever bead for me, and also three red "balls" - Max's favorite toy - one for the box and two for earrings. She kindly did and they turned out perfect - even with a little tongue hanging out like in the photo!!!
And so I made the little silver box, put Max on a spring - and now, when you pull on the red ball, he enjoys surprising you by jumping out of the box to see you!!!!
Kim also made two extra beads - one bone shaped one and one paw print one in red, so they were added to the clip on earrings!!
Doesn't he look a happy doggie!!! What a happy jewelry set!!! Thanks so much Nancy. I hope you love and get a lot of laughs from Max's new friend.