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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Men’s Beaded Tie Chains

Hello and welcome!

I’m pleased to present today’s crafting whim… beaded tie chains. In our family they’re called: ‘jibby-dabby dibby-dabbies’… Even when I lived at home, dad could never remember what they’re called and was always losing them… “Hon, have you seen my jibby-dabby dibby dabby?” And mom usually knew were to find it! So the name stuck. Dad likes to use tie chains, but they’re so boring. Either gold or silver and that’s pretty much it. S,o I decided to do some makeovers for him.

It’s easy to remove the chain from an inexpensive tie chain and then attach a string of beads to the base. I used Beadalon 7 strand .18″ satin silver wire with #1 crimp beads and  I chose some semiprecious ‘manly’ natural stone beads for him…

Hildy and Jo hematite beads are classy and go with most anything.

He has started wearing more purple, so I put together this set of Bead Gallery Amethyst Serpentine Jasper beads.

And here’s one I made a while back from Bead Gallery peacock and camouflage jasper stones.

  

 

Of course, he mixes them up with colors I never would have thought of… and they’re not too bad. : )

Well, there you have it… an idea to jazz up your guy’s tie chains.

Thanks for stopping by today!

~D.Ann

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