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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Twisted Wire Floral Necklace

Hello! It’s good to see you all again! My migraines have decreased considerably and I’m catching up on a bazillion things that got put on hold the past three months. I had a request for a twisted wire necklace by a lady at the pharmacy who fell in love with this one when I wore it a few months ago::

That one was made with rose colored copper wire and twisting it hurt my hands. However, I found some nice purple colored 24 gauge Artistic Wire on clearance at Tuesday Morning and decided to try it. It’s MUCH easier to work with. Only problem is it’s a smidge thicker, so doesn’t go through some of the beads as well. I reamed out some and found substitutes for others. Here’s the finished project:

I also changed up the upper part as I found the plain wire chafed a bit and the clasp was unhandy. So I added seed beads and put on a magnetic clasp.

Note: when working with lucite flowers, it helps it sit better if you put a seed bead underneath. And, if you’re putting a bicone at the end of a stem, a seed bead on each side will help it sit better, too.

All in all, it is a fun project, although it takes me several hours to put together.

Even though mine isn’t as evenly twisted as this new one, I still like the color combo.

I like this one too… It’s a little more spring-y with the green leaves, don’t’cha think? I hope she likes it!

Thanks for taking the time to swing by today! I have a few fun back-logged posts I hope to crank out for you in the near future. I look forward to seeing you again soon!

Thanks for stopping by today!

~D.Ann

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