Friday, January 28, 2011

Back To The Sea - Beaded Pendant and Necklace

This is my newest jewelry creation Back To The Sea. The focal for this necklace is an Orthoceras I purchases at a rock and mineral shop in West Virginia. I surrounded it with black and pearl gray beads in size 8, 11 and 15. I wanted something a little different than just a spiral rope necklace and decided on some gray pearls with size 8 seed beads to start the necklace which was finished in a spiral rope. It has a silver loop and toggle closure. To learn more about Orthoceras click here. I really like the black and gray coloring in this necklace - it is understated yet elegant - like me ; )

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Orthoceras - Beginning Steps

So I have started to do the surrounding beadwork on my first Orthoceras and I am going with black and pearl grey. I have some idea about how I want to proceed but that can change in an instant - I guess that is the fun part - well maybe not. I do like it so far and I know I want the Orthoceras to be the star in this one. I hope to get more work done on this later today and I am going to try to make it happen.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Orthoceras - Say What??


I visited a rock and mineral shop when we were in West Virginia this past fall. These are three of the things I bought. They are called Orthoceras - a long straight cephalopod from the Devonian Period 350 million years ago. These creatures lived in a shallow sea where Morocco is now. Orthoceras are identified by their straight shell with center siphuncle. The became extinct approximately 190 million years ago. I bought 3 - 2 small and one large. I am going to make these into necklaces - bead embroidery pendant with a matching rope necklace or maybe one into a collar - not sure yet. They are not easy to photo - they are black and grey and very shiny. This should be interesting ; )

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ghost - Beaded Pendant and Spiral Rope Necklace


I just finished this bead embroidery pendant and spiral rope necklace entitled Ghost. The pendant features a square tan, cream and gray Lisa Peters cab focal. I matched it up with lots of cream and gray beads and added that little gray pearl to the bottom of the pendant. It measures 16 inched plus the loop and toggle closure and is in my Etsy Shop here. So now I am thinking about my next project - maybe another necklace or perhaps a bracelet - so many choices ; )

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pendant Peek

This is the pendant I have been working on - almost finished and the next step will be the necklace. I am not sure what stitch I will use yet - spiral rope, herringbone, a combination with stringing. The focal is a square Lisa Peters cab. What I love about it is the unusual colors. I am enjoying working on this and I have decided to tilt the square on it side for the finished pendant. I hope to get this finished today - we will see how I do with that.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Night at the Opera - Beaded Fringed Bracelet

This is my newest beaded fringed bracelet but not for long as I am working on another. This one is entitled Night at the Opera and composed of various beads in black, red and gold. It also has a beautiful black and gold button closure. It is listed in my Etsy Shop and if you use the coupon code HEART from now until Valentines Day you can take 10% off any item in the shop.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Two New Beaded Fringed Bracelets


Two new beaded fringed bracelets for 2011. The top image is called "Blue Bird" and the bottom "Dark Side of the Moon". I really wanted to beadweave some bracelets after doing the huge bead embroidery collar project - these fringe bracelets are quick and fun to bead. I just started another one in black and red. These are also larger that I usually make - they will fit a 7 inch wrist or larger - I usually make everything to fit me 6 1/4 inch but find when I go to craft shows I am lacking in larger bracelets. Both are listed in my Etsy Shop.