Jeanne ~ Janine Lucas

Jeanne ~ Janine Lucas

 

Whenever I come across a collection of orphan beads, I can’t help myself, I just need to adopt them. So, when Michele Sayetta offered a big bag of gorgeous lampwork beads, I took the chance and bought them. And I wasn’t disappointing.
For this necklace I picked a mouth dropping beautiful bead from her collection. It has a copper/gold color with silver dots. The dots are mirrored in the wire wrapped copper/gold seed bead section. I wanted the bead to draw maximal attention so I kept the rest of the design simple with the same colors as the lampwork bead: silvery glass beads, silver plated brass beads and discs, golden/bronze seed beads and sari silk and silverplated ball chain.Esfera-jewelry-necklace-bronze-silver-2

A Quiet Crystal Winter Morn ~ Linda Anderson

A Quiet Crystal Winter Morn ~ Linda Anderson

 

 

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I have lived in the cold, frozen tundra of Minnesota for most of my life.  One of the things I LOVE about it, is what happens after a fresh snow…how everything glitters and glimmers.  It’s one of the most beautiful things, in all of creation.  It’s such a unique experience to crunch down on the shimmering snow and see it change from a gorgeous, protected layer of cold – to a path that the sun will eventually work to melt.  Whenever I look at this piece, I can hear that crunching and imagine my feet punching through.  That shimmering coat of snow may only last a few hours – and then it’s gone – until next time.

Each element in this piece, adds glimmer and shimmer.  I used Swarovski crystals, czech beads, and bright silver chain.  It needed to have several strands, to balance out the size and weight of the focal.  This was the first, real artisan bead I’d ever purchased.  I’m kinda hooked, now. =)

“Heart of Funk” by Cheryl Zink

“Heart of Funk” by Cheryl Zink

 

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This pair of earrings features copper patina rings made by Melinda Orr from Bandana Girl as well as lamp work beads by Sue Hoberg, a clay heart by Natalie McKenna and lots of picasso glass with copper wiring. They are super light and dangle 3 inches from the top of the ear wires. Each one is just a bit different.

Bay Moon Design Mexican Sugar Skull Necklace

Bay Moon Design Mexican Sugar Skull Necklace

 

Sugar skull necklace1This necklace began with the polymer clay sugar skull by Andrew Thornton.  I wanted the design to have warm and  earthy colors like the focal.  All of the colors that I used are found in the focal.  I decided to use the metal copper to bring out the warm colors in the focal.  I made the copper component to attach the focal, 2 sets of copper loops for the necklace to attach the beaded section of the necklace to the chain section.  I also made the spiral copper clasp that is attached to the chain at the neckline of the necklace.  All were hammered and tumbled to harden them.  I choose aluminum chain that is a copper color also.  The firey sunset biwa freshwater pearls and orange and gray agate were strung on beading wire.  I used both types of beads because their vivid oranges colors compliment the sugar skull focal.


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Victorian Mermaids ~ Windbent

Victorian Mermaids ~ Windbent

 

imageThe ceramic shell focal is by Michelle McCarty of Firefly Design Studio. I hand painted the brass, used resin, added: vintage shell composite beads,; vintage Czech glass beads; and vintage brass shell connectors, that I also painted. Rather than just handing the shell but the hole provided, I wanted to show how to use a purchased component in a different way.

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