Monday, October 31, 2011

Cobalt Blue Porcelain Necklace

For Christmas, as part of my pollyanna at work, I got the four diamond shaped cobalt blue porcelain beads found in this necklace.  I found the oval ones while at the bead show in Hampton last month.  They were a perfect match.  This necklace, and matching earrings, are made using the porcelain beads, solid blue round beads and silver spacers.  I know the exact sweater that I plan to wear these at for their initial wear.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Getting involved

and learning new things.  I have been interested for a while in different gems and how to identify them.  I am so excited that there is a society that can help me.  I am going to join The Gem and Mineral Society of the Virginia Peninsula.  They meet the first Thursday of every month.  I am really looking forward to it.

Also, there is The Bead Society of Southeastern Virginia.  They meet once a month also, the third Sunday of every month. They also have a website.

Check them out!  You might just learn some interesting stuff! 

Fresh Water Pearls

This is a simple but pretty necklace made of fresh water pearls and double sterling silver plated spacers. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Green Quartz Wire Wrapped pendant

I made my second wire wrapped necklace this weeked. The stone is faceted green quartz and it is really a beautiful stone.  The wire I used to wrap it is 21 gauge round soft silver. The binding is 21 guage half round soft silver.  The beads on the necklace are silver plated.  The pendant is easily removable from the necklace so the necklace can be worn by itself and the pendant can be worn with something else.  Two for one!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fashion mistake - or not

I was recently informed that it is a fashion mistake to wear matching earrings, necklace and bracelet. Has anyone heard that before?  Supposedly it is OK to wear two matching pieces but not the third. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Christmas is coming

and I am beginning to make jewelry for presents.  I always make things that I like.  It makes it easier that way. When I begin a project, and even sometimes after it is complete, I have no idea who I am making it for. That decision comes later.  Here is my first gift set. As you can see, it is a ribbon on a necklace. I used two different size beads and silver double spacers.  The beads have varying colors in them. They blend well to match the ribbon. I always love how I buy different things at different times and they end up working perfectly with something I bought earlier. The ribbon and both sets of stones were bought at different times and different places.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Blue Picasso beads, pendant, brass findings, spacers, and clasp.

This necklace is a remake of any earlier one I made that I did not like because it did not sit well. Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of the first necklace. I like this one so much better!  And, it sits well too!  The pendant is fun. It can actually be worn with the other side of the pendant facing up and it would have a different look. Forgot to take a picture of that part!  The blue beads are called blue picasso beads. In between the blue picasso beads are blue glass cathedral beads. There are three different spacer beads, 15 each. Flat, round and smaller rounds. The clasp is brass as well.  I DO like my brass colored findings!