Sparkle and Charm

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Jade briolette and peach quartz Posted by Picasa

Red crystal and peach quartz earrings with my favorite--swarvowski crystal. Posted by Picasa

Semi-precious stones

Lately I have been concentrating on using semi-precious stones for my jewelry and using sterling silver wire. I have about 30 pairs of earrings made and ready for the Medford Arts Fair on September 10th. The stones I use are carnelian, jade, amazonite, agate, quartz and turquoise, as well as a few others. Using sterling silver wire and ear loops makes the process a little more expensive, but the end result is really nice.

My first love is still Swarvowski crystals, and I am always eager to add one or two of those to the earrings. Unfortunately, not everyone is quite so in love with sparkle as I am, so I have to "throttle back" a little sometimes and leave them off. I'm taking a class next week in chandelier earrings to get more ideas. I can't think of anything I'd rather do right now that make beautiful jewelry.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Amazonite and white jade dangly earrings made with sterling silver wire. Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 29, 2005

Pearlized chandeliers that are a real flight of fancy. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Two kinds of Jasper, and Carnelian center bead. Posted by Picasa

Jasper and carnelian

I have been making earrings this weekend using natural stones and sterling silver wire and loops. My favorite stone lately is the natural faceted carnelian, which has a lot of different hues from beige to orange, and is creamy an beautiful. These earrings I made this morning. The fall colors are really great, and I'm going to sell my "fall theme" earrings and necklaces at the Medform Arts Fair on September 10th.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Blue necklace.Posted by Picasa

Thursday, August 25, 2005

This necklace was fun to make as well. I took pictures this morning, and they don't quite show how nice and interesting the necklace is. Seeing all the variations and colors of beads up close is much better than a photo. This one has little "bead charms", which I made and fastened into one of the strands with jump rings. It is chock full of fun things to look at. Posted by Picasa

My new knitting bag that I'm crazy about Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Real butterscotch agates with two shades of carnelian ovals on sterling silver. Posted by Picasa

This necklace has lovely dark green semi precious stones as well as the sparkly blue stones--just a nice combination. Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 22, 2005

Have beading tools, will travel Posted by Picasa

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Crocheted necklaces

I finished this blue necklace today. It is shades of blue and "art" beads woven into silver wire by crocheting. There are four strands full of beads that sparkle and catch the light. THe finished product is light weight and fun to wear. The ends are wire-wrapped together around a toggle clasp. The length is 17" from the clasp. I had fun making it and love this technique.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Fun lucite drop earrings I made tonight. I'm on a roll! These are made with beads I bought at Bedazzled in Washington. What a great bead store that is! Posted by Picasa

Chandeliers that I made today. I've been busy! Posted by Picasa

My brown and pink necklace I made today. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, August 18, 2005

I made these to be versatile. They will match almost anything and I really like the way the rust carnelian blends with the silver. A great combination and one I will try again, selling on  Posted by Picasa

Carnelian and Crystal

Long and elegant, 3" earrings.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Green and silver crocheted necklace.

Green beaded necklace with unique center beads Posted by Picasa

Crystal earrings. Posted by Picasa

Fun fun Posted by Picasa

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Four strand gold tone crocheted necklace with turquoise and shades of blue seed beads with turquoise leaf drops. Posted by Picasa

Sparkle and flash Posted by Picasa

Toggle clasp Posted by Picasa

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Lavender flower earrings. Posted by Picasa

The crocheted wire necklace I call the Czarina necklace. Posted by Picasa

Friday, August 12, 2005

My favorite crocheted necklace on silver wire with antique white pearlized beads mixed with turquoise accent and seed beads. Posted by Picasa