Thursday, March 28, 2013

Taj - Bracelet

So I have lots of super duos left over and this bracelet uses a few. It is called Taj and is from a pattern by Ellad2.   I don't know if I love it but it was fun to make and I did learn a lot.  I am going to spend time just experimenting with my beading.  I have a ton of stuff for sale in my Etsy Shop so I can bead just for me for a long while.  I am thinking about a change in direction but not sure what that is yet. I have a bunch of ideas just need to zero in on one to get me started.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

New Pendant

This is my latest pendant.  My favorite colors and very sparkly - I am keeping this one for me.  It uses super duo beads and was a lot of fun to make.  The pattern is by Ellad2.  I think I enjoyed making this so much because it is so different from my usual work - actually this is the third one I have made and I am just finishing up a fourth turquoise and silver.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Moods & Appetites

My bead embroidery cuff Black Magick is featured in this blog Moods & Appetites here. What a nice surprise and what a great post entitled Royal Pearls -  it is included with some awesome work.  

Here is the image from the article - I am so excited to be included.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Mauveine - Charoite Pendant and Spiral Rope Necklace

Mauveine - charoite pendant and spiral rope necklace.  This is another pendant that I had around for awhile and just never made anything with it.  I am trying to used up some of the stock I have so I decided to pair it with purple and silver seed beads that really match the purple color of the charoite. 

Some interesting charoite info:  Charoite is translucent lavender to purple in color with a pearly luster. It has an unusual swirling, fibrous appearance and that, along with its intense color, can lead many to believe at first that it is synthetic or enhanced artificially. Though reportedly discovered in the 1940s, it was not known to the outside world until its description in 1978. Some say if Charoite is placed under the pillow, it will take away the fears that come in dreams.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Yellow & Golden Fringed Pendant

I love making these fringed pendants using left over beads.  I have lots of left over beads so sometimes I get a matching batch together and make a pendant.  I string them on ball chain and I have instant gratification.  This one is so sunny and warm with golds, creamy yellows and ivory   I love it - makes me think of sunshine. This pattern is by The Jade Dog.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Blue Bird - Pendant and Bead Necklace

Made this necklace last night.  Sometimes I just like to do some stringing and I had the beads and the pendant sitting for a long time.  The pendant is a Sodalite stone in a silver setting and it measures 1 1/2 inches plus the bail.  The beads in the necklace are 8mm sapphire melons.  I love how this piece came out - I think it could be worn to something fancy or for everyday with jeans. Here is some Sodalite info: A light, relatively hard yet fragile mineral, sodalite is named after its sodium content; in mineralogy it may be classed as a feldspathoid. Well known for its blue color, sodalite may also be grey, yellow, green, or pink and is often mottled with white veins or patches. The more uniformly blue material is used in jewelry, where it is fashioned into cabochons and beads.

I love the spirals around the cab and on the bail - so I paired this with a beautiful silver loop and toggle closure with spirals. This piece is listed in my Etsy Shop here - but I don't know how sad I would be if this doesn't sell - I sure do like it. There is something very magical about this necklace.

Update to this post - I sold this necklace on Etsy sad but it is going to a good home ; )