So, I collected some tools and wire and beads - and a penny of course
Saturday, February 27, 2010
.........or maybe I should say the new jewelry line from mrs beadsley's is anyway! I am having fun with pennies and all the things that can be done with them. I think they are interesting when flattened, left whole, buffed or whatever. And since there are boxes and boxes of them here at the house, that equals a lot of opportunities to explore creative ways to use them in jewelry.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Remember this guy? Imagine my delight when my dear SO came home with a smaller version! I was ecstatic and immediately went into my studio to see what I could do with it.
(the large one has 1/2" SCM stamped on it - the smaller one has NIBCO - the company name - on it)
After a lot of trial and error, I settled on some wonderful malachite; the large beads are vintage from Africa (I blogged about them here), and the smaller rounds I got from a wonderful gem shop over in Belfast, ME, Bennett's Gems.
then, I thought a wonderful little copper celtic component I had would be good as a connector, and would work well with the green malachite;
I added a clasp on one side using one of the large malachite beads (it clasps in front);
then I wrapped some 3mm malachite rounds (using 22 gauge copper wire) and made some jump rings from some 18 gauge square copper wire to create a chain;
added the copper plumbing thingy (which I hammered and buffed and shined), a dangle and there you have it!
the copper strip can be personalized by stamping or even perhaps etching a design onto it - many possibilities!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Well, the Magic Carpet Ride is over. And what a wild ride it was. Over one thousand blogs joined in the fun and mayhem......I had a great time and I hope you all did, too.
Congratulations to Lisa of Lisa Lectura Creations. She is the winner of the leather and brass bracelet, drawn, as promised, randomly. Thanks Lisa and everybody who visited me and left such wonderful comments. I hope to do this again next year!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Another day spent hammering pennies - did I tell you how much I love my job? After creating the cute little copper and mixed gemstone bracelet yesterday, I did what I haven't done yet - I thought "line of jewelry". Yup. Shocked myself, I tell you - but still I thought it was a great idea. All because of that copper plumbing thingy and the bracelet created from it. Go figure. I love the look of the copper wire wrapped loops and the slightly smaller rondelle beads in the bracelet, and I think it makes for a mix and match possibility you don't really get with chunkier bracelets. Plus, when I wear bracelets I end up looking like a gypsy woman, I pile so many of them on.
some fabulous little 'red velvet crystals' from my fabu local bead shop (Beads on the Kennebec), wrapped in yards of 22 gauge copper wire, and closed with a cute little copper heart clasp. To wear alone or.........
with one created with a mix of gemstones (wonderful strand I got from Turquoise Magpie - hands down the BEST place to get your gemstones)..............or maybe
you're like me and you'll wear them all at once. Why not? Life is short - make it colorful and bright!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Went on a shopping spree yesterday - at the bead store, of course! Our Local Bead Store is fabulous. Linda, the uber awesome owner of Beads on the Kennebec is an avid beader herself so she stocks all the latest and greatest, of course, as well as local artists' beads and findings. It's really an awesome little bead store with an amazing assortment of goods and great classes, too! Take a peak at my haul:
really sparkly, yummy huge crystal's in a rainbow of colors
these gorgeous saucer beads - here in blue
and green! (think I went overboard?????)
and some sweet little "Pandora" type beads I'm going to use for some bracelets for my young cousins.
All in all a great shopping day!!!
Monday, February 8, 2010
As you can see by my other posts, I make jewelry. I love everything about it - especially the experimentation involved in MY learning process. My blog is a way of sharing with others that journey and attempting to show how my creative process works.