Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Salt of the Earth - Beaded Pendant and Necklace

My latest bead embroidery pendant and beaded/spiral rope necklace.  I bought this cab and 2 others at a bead show here in NJ earlier this month.  I did not note the name of the stones, I will never do that again.  The vendor has an ArtFire shop so I thought I could get the names of my cabs there but the shop is on a 2 week closure as he is off doing shows. So for now I cannot name the cab but I must say I really liked it, the shape, the markings and the color all great. I was originally going to add a lot of fringe to the bottom but felt that it would overpower the beauty of the stone so I kept it simple.  For the necklace I used 7mm fresh water pearls and then a spiral rope to finish.  I really like the way this turned out and it is in my Etsy Shop here.  I am busy picking out my next projects - I have a ton of ideas just need to get working!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Just finished this bead embroidery pendant and spiral rope necklace.  It is called The Water Lily.  I know the flower focal does not look too much like a water lily but this was the feeling I got with this piece. The focal is surrounded by lime green keshi  pearls and various seed beads in shades of lavender, purple and lime green.  The fringe is a combination of fringe and spiral rope and the necklace is also a spiral rope.  The loop and toggle closure is small and gold.  I original was going to make a bead embroidery bracelet but it just was not happening I guess it wanted to be the necklace - sometimes that happens.  I like this piece a lot.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Another RAW Bangle

Just finished another RAW bangle - it is the pink and lime one above pictured with the original black and lime. These are fun to make and I plan on making more but I have started 2 bead embroidery projects - at least they are not major projects. The bangle pattern is Star Gazers from Heather Collin.  I am thinking I need at least one to three more of these bangles to wear together - so I will make them in the same colors so it is a set.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

RAW Bangle

So in my never ending battle to learn RAW and to be comfortable doing RAW this is my latest - a bangle.  I bought this pattern from Heather Collin it is called Star Gazers.  It was an easy pattern to follow but I still get confused in my direction with RAW so I took it pretty slow.  I want to really know I understand this so I am going to make a few more of these - a plus because then I can wear an arm full of lovely bangles!!!! I am happy with the way this bangle worked up and it looks and feels great - another plus. I could have done a lot more to embellish it but I just wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing on the first one.  I also want to wish everyone a very HAPPY VALENTINES DAY.  I am off to make a new bangle - maybe in pinks.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Trip to Bead Store and the Beach

Decided to take a little trip to the local bead store here in Pt Pleasant.  Got a few goodies - I am so jealous of seeing all the loot from the Tuscon show I just needed to get some beads for me!!!!  It is such a beautiful day I decided to go the few blocks and have a look see at the ocean.  It is so hard to believe it is February - the beach was gorgeous.  The colors so pure and the air wonderful all and all a great day.  Now if I can just finish the bracelet I am working on so I can start a new bangle with my new beads I will be a happy beader ; )

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Bracelets Are Back

In recent years I have noticed that at Hollywood events and on TV a lack of jewelry. No so this year - on the red carpet and some new shows I am seeing a return to jewelry in a big way and this makes me happy.  The first photo is Juliet Simms a contestant on the Voice - she was wearing a large cuff - it had to be 5 or 6 inches wide and was so amazing.  This is the best photo I could find on the web but you get the idea.  I am also seeing J-Lo with a lot of bangles on American idol this year.  I am seeing lots of jewelry on the Red Carpet at award shows and I can't wait to see who will be wearing what for the Grammys. I love the look of wearing a lot of bangles together - so I am going to make a lot of bangles!!!  I just purchased a great pattern from Heather Collin called Star Gazers. I love these kits by Marcia Decoster for bangles, very cool and they go together great.  I also have quite a few other bangle ideas and I can't wait to get started.  I hope this trend continues because I love seeing jewelry that I find interesting  on our TV and movie stars.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Twist of Fate - Beaded Pendant and Spiral Rope Necklace

I just finished this bead embroidery pendant and spiral rope necklace which I have named Twist of Fate.  For the pendant I used a turquoise donut and I love the markings on it.  The background color of the donut is a pewter so I decided to use turquoise and pewter colored beads for this - pretty much a no brainer.  I have always liked the fringe Sherry Serafini used for her collar A Mermaid's Attire.  I loved the use of spiral rope for the fringe - unfortunately  I did not have enough of the turquoise seed beads to do all my fringe in spiral rope so I did a few and then did regular fringe for the rest - and I think it works well for this piece.   When it came to doing the rope necklace I toyed with the idea of cubic RAW (since I have learned to do this stitch and like it) but I thought I did not want to mix my stitches for this piece and I opted for spiral rope for the necklace as well.  I am really happy with the result and want to explore this idea further - I think the dark color and long fringe make it and edgier piece and that is what I am going for right now.  Although I love crystals and lots of bling - that is not where my head is right now.  I am ready to go look through my cabs and come up with a great focal and start my next piece.  Twist of Fate is in my Etsy shop here