Friday, March 30, 2007

New Bracelet

This is a new bracelet I finished today. The two end sections are brick stitch and the center is netted using size 11 red seed beads and size 6 crystals. It has a button clasp. I really wanted to learn how to make this bracelet and it's many variations. This is my first try and I don't know if I like it or not. It is a little too big for my wrist.

Here is another photo of it (both of these photos show the back, clasp side).

And another view.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Spiral Rope Bracelet

Well this is something new for me. I got a bead book from the library and there was a section on Spiral Rope technique with seed beads. Sounded interesting so I thought I would try it. This is my first attempt - a bracelet and I love it. The core beads are black and the spiral beads are a peach metallic - nice contrast. I also wanted to try a button clasp and this was a great chance to try it. Overall I am very happy with this bracelet. It fits and feels great to wear and it is beautiful to look at - I am keeping this first one. Now I have gotten interested in weaving with seed beads. I want to also try a free form peyote stitch bracelet - but that will have to wait until I learn a bit more. I want to make a few more of these spiral rope bracelets using some different size beads. I have a ton of ideas - even combining my wire with the free form bracelet. I am in a creative frenzy. I am also going to take a bead component crocheting class next week. I saw the necklace and bracelet and they were awesome. I can't wait.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

"Aurora" - Bracelet

New bracelet - I guess it is sort of a charm bracelet - with beads as the charms, lots of them - all handmade. It has sparkle and it's fun - something different.

Here is another view - it is about 7 1/2 inches and has a brass hand-made closure. The colors in the photos look darker than they really are. The orange in the photo is really a more bronze color and the yellow and peach are more transparent.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

"Purple Haze" - Necklace

New necklace 17 inches in length. The beads are Amethyst and the pendant is a Charolite.

Here is a close up of the Charolite pendant.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

"Black Ice" - Necklace

Necklace I just finished and I love it! The pendant is Black Onyx and Silver and the beads - Silver, Smokey Citrine and Black Obsidian. It measures 17 1/2 inches long and has a beautiful silver flower toggle clasp. The photos do not do this one justice.

Here is a close up of the pendant - it is about 1 1/4 inches in length.

Monday, March 05, 2007

"Sunset" - Necklace

This is a new bracelet I tried today. It has 4 strands twisted going into one. It is made up of various beads. I think for my first try it is very successful. This bracelet is 17 1/2 inches in length.

Here is a close up of the four twisted strands.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

"Babylon" - Bangle

New bangle - I made three new bangles and a bracelet last night. I am doing a craft show next Saturday and I am working on jewelry for the show. This is silver with a large Tibetan bead as the focal. I need to make a few more "comfortable" things for the show and then I want to try something new.

Friday, March 02, 2007

"Atlantis" - Bracelet

New bracelet - this one is made with three strands of lapis chips and a large metal button as the focal.

Here is a close up of the metal button focal.

Here is the bracelet laying flat - I like this one a lot.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

"Snow Blind" - Necklace

This is a new necklace - since it is white it did not photo too well. The beads are 8mm snow quartz and the pendant is silver with a white agate. It measures 17 inches.

Here is a close up of the pendant. I like the silver swirls on this one.