Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Blue and gold Necklace

I have recently started liking some chunkiness in my jewelry. This piece is a two strand blue and gold necklace.  It is longer than I normally wear but I want to start being different with my jewelry.  Some of the beads I purchased from the bead show this weekend.  Others, I purchased specifically to go to together. While you can't really tell it, there are some small opals in strategic places through both strands.

The first picture is the main and longest strand. The second picture is the second strand. Finally, the third picture is the final necklace.  It is very interesting!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bead Show!

I love bead shows.  I have not been to one in over a year because of my hateful foot.  I went to the Intergalatic Bead Show in Hampton yesterday and made up for lost time.  It was not a big show but I got awesome buys!

I bought 6 pendants, two which cost $2.00 each, three which cost $1.00 each and another one which is real gemstone and I won't tell you how much that cost.  I plan to wire wrap at least two of the stones.  I could barely sleep last night just thinking about how I was going to wrap them!

I bought quite a few strands of some really nice beads that were only $2.00 a strand.  I couldn’t resist!  I bought a number of various spacers of different sizes and colors; gold, silver, brass!  I really like brass spacers. I even ventured out and bought things that I would not have thought about buying before because I want to try different things!  I want to add more visual interest to some of my pieces and add bulky pieces to more demure pieces.  Such fun it is going to be!  I also bought several real silver toggle clasps that were very unique and I have never run across anything like them before.  I can’t wait to get started!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pretty in Pink!

This necklace is really very simple. It is nice and chunky, which gives it a really nice bold look.  The beads are pink with brown marbled throughout.  The beads I used for spacers are topaz in color, which brings out the marbling in the pink beads.  The clasp is heart shape.  I like using pretty clasps (findings) because they add interest to the necklace, especially if you have shorter hair.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Crystal Diagonal Peyote Pick-Up Necklace

When I learn something new, I always like to make it a second time because after the second time I feel like I really know what I am doing.  Last week I posted this same necklace, only it was bronzy looking with multi-colored fresh water pearls. 

I made this necklace using crystal colored size 8 Delicas and black beads for the pick-up.  It really turned out nice, was a lot easier this time around, and is more perfect than the first one. I want to make matching earrings but I do not have enough beads left over to make them. Next weekend I will visit Tada and pick up at least one more vial (or maybe 2 and make a matching bracelet!).


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pearls and Delicas

This necklace is my first attempt at adding pearls (or any other bead) to the diaganol peyote stitch.  In fact, it is my first attempt at making a necklace using any of the peyote stitches.  The necklace is made out of size 8 metallic Delica beads and multi-colored fresh water pearls.  It is far from perfect but it is my first try and I love it!  I plan to make another one real soon as I have learned that if I repeat new techniques after the initial one, that the knowledge sinks in better.  I am wearing this necklace today! 

Pearls and Delicas

Monday, September 5, 2011

Wire wrapped Cameo Cabachon

I took a wire wrapping class yesterday at Tada.  I chose a cameo cabachon to wrap. Wrapping was done with two different size silver wires - 21 qauge soft square wire for everything but the binding. For the binding, I used 21 quage soft half round wire.  The necklace is made with black agate and small silver round beads.  I have always liked cameos.