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Labradorite cab necklace

November 23, 2008

This is the labradorite cab necklace I made. It’s a tubular herringbone chain, and peyote bezel and bail and toggle clasp. It’s a huge, heavy cab which is why the bail is so wide. I made some simple earrings in the necklace colors. I want the focus to be on the necklace, ot the earrings.

The beads are from SeedBeadSue, a.k.a. MiyukiGalBeads on ebay. She had the perfect colors to go with the stone. Choosing the colors was a project in itself. I wanted to bring out and accent the stone colors. I used olive green, silver lined Capri blue, silver lined aqua and lt. topaz. The cab came from believe it or not.


This pic shows the color of the stone the best. It really has a lot of blue flash to it.


The completed set. This is mine. LOL! I love the way it feels and I fell in love with that cab the second I laid eyes on it.


Designing the Electric Sky Choker

May 29, 2008

I had lots of trial and error while I was designing and looming this choker. At one point, it looked like whale flukes. LOL! If you would like to read about the trials and tribulations that were endured while this was a work in progess, it can be seen here on the forum. Complete with pics of what it looked like a few times.


Jewelry making forums

January 30, 2008

The forum where I am the seed bead mod has a new name and a great new look. The new name is StarvingJewelryArtists and we can be found here  Pop in, have a look around and join us if you like what you see. There are some incredibley talented people there from lampworkers, maillers, seed beaders and more. We are also able to host pics.

Sometimes life just sidetracks you

December 15, 2007

hpim0445ed2.jpghpim0438ed1.jpghpim0438ed1.jpgI am officially finished with Chrismas drapes and they are sold. I did get another order from another shop for at least 50, but for next Christmas. I’ll start in a few weeks on those because they will probably want more. I’m having trouble getting started on the turquoise drop necklace for me, so I decided to make some earrings for the holidays. Silver lined gold and silver lined clear seed and bugle beads, a little over 3 inches long. They have got the greatest movement to them. I made a black pair too. I don’t have any pictures yet because I’m making a necklace to go with them. I started playing/learning a stitch called St. Petersburg stitch and have sort of modified it to the way I want it. I probably have about another 4 hours work and it will be done-if it works for the beaded focal I want to use. Sometimes I have a hard time getting the beads and my hands to create what my muse is seeing at the time.

I usually have the halls all decked by now, but kind of have a bah-humbug thing going on . Our only offspring moved to London about 6 weeks ago and I’m having a hard time with the holly jolly part of Christmas this year. I’m not even going to move every stick of furniture in the living room to make room for the tree. I’m going to clear off a corner table and just put the top of the tree up-a Charlie Brown tree. First major empty nest holiday and I’m not dealing with it too well. I’ll be glad when the holidays are over.