Jewelry Update

Hello! I’m back with that promised jewelry update. I’ve gotten behind on posting a few little jewelry projects I’ve made over the past year, so here they are all together for you to enjoy. Some are re-done from old sets I was given that the metal had changed color, like this set with peach and pastel blue beads:

It was just a matter of replacing the chain.

With this set I found out that plain wire tends to cut into the neck and the cheap gold beads turned quickly.

So I re-did it as my first ever triple tier. The copper makes the peach stones stand out!:

That motivated me to try this a strand of large pearls, shell pieces and peach/pink crystals:

This one came from the clearance rack at Burlington Coat Factory but the top half was metallic, so it got beaded and restrung, too:

I had a couple of strands of semi-precious pieces I brought back from South America. I finally re-strung them intertwined:

And now for some original creations. Just simple beading, with beads from recent 50-70% off sales at the three big box stores nearby (JoAnn, Michaels and Hobby Lobby are all dangerously close!). I really like the beads in each of these – like these orchid and pale green cat’s eye beads!

And I like the greens, yellows and browns of these agate beads:

The facets on these fuchsia and green beads helps them catch the light and sparkle:

I love these natural stones that look like bits of lava:

I’m sure they’re heated to add the extra color, but they’re pretty cool! The other side is a slightly different color scheme:

I’ve had requests for a few more beaded tie chains for men. This blue one was made with vintage beads from the 1920-30s:

Now I’m out of the bases… I need to find someone who sells just the bases, but haven’t been able to find them yet.

Another with amethyst jasper beads:

Ones made with hematite are popular:

Remember the Craft Fantastic jewelry make-n-take? Well, one cousin was away and made hers later. She took her own picture of daffodils (it’s at her house that I always take those lovely daffodil pictures) and I’m amazed at how REAL they look!:

Ok, so the whim took us to jewelry this time. Who knows where it will take us next time? Stay tuned to find out!

D.Ann

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3 thoughts on “Jewelry Update

  1. Jewelry is one craft that I never really got into because the intricate beading kind of drove me insane…but these are just gorgeous. I LOVE the triple-stranded pieces so much because they really make a statement. My biggest problem with stringing beads is trying to estimate the length of string that I need. I have a beaded lapis lazuli necklace that broke about ten years ago and have always intended to restring it. However, I got halfway through and realized that I should have made the string longer…sigh. So it’s been sitting in an envelope in my dresser drawer ever since. I wanted to knot in between each bead, as I almost lost all the beads when it first broke..but that makes it hard to estimate the length needed.

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