Thursday, March 31, 2011

St Elmo's Fire

This weeks challenge at Beading Forum   was St Elmo's Fire.  I made a pair of earrings.  I made the cabachons by playing with some purple alfoil and alcohol inks. It is hard to capture the colour properly, but they are fairly purple in colour, with a silvery-blue sheen. I played with a few different ink colours to get a finish I was happy with for this challenge, but some of the other attempts may end up getting used in other projects. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Butterfly Bracelet

This is made from a selection of metal sliders, with butterfly images festooned with a few bits of bling - strung on elastic, for ease of wearing.

Triple Goddess bracelet #2

This was made for a dear friend who fell in love with the one I made previously.  Hers is made with amethyst, clear quartz and pearls, and I must admit, I now want to redo mine with the amethyst - it is one of my favourite stones.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Vintage inspired

I put together these lovely little vintage inspired pieces today, using some great little images, cabachon mounts and a few beads - Hopefully these will find loving homes.

Tweenage dreams

It's been a busy week at work this week, so I have only just has a chance to sit at my table to do some creating. This piece is an entry in the YOJ challenge at Beading Forum with the theme of "Tweens" - not easy when you have none around you! However, I fell in love with this heart bezel from 3M's fashion jewellery so used it with a butterfly theme and some pale green ribbon to make something suitable.  I have a 10 y.o. niece, so she may be getting this for her next birthday.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Vintage Roses

This is the end result of the vintage brooch I found recently, I have upcycled it into a necklace, and after a few different attempts, have adopted a super simple approach.  I am very pleased with the end result.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lovely Lucite

These earrings are a simple but sweet Lucite flower, with a couple of sparkly beads for fun - I just don't do "plain" when it comes to jewellery.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Market find

I went to the local swap meet this weekend and found this treasure!  It is a silver-plated belt (obviously back in the day when waists were tiny), made of individual plates which have a beautiful art deco design.  Any silver plating is long gone, but the most beautiful brass colour remains.

I will separate the links and see what  they decide to become - I am sure they will find their own voice to tell me what they want to become.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Triple Goddess Bracelet

This bracelet is for this weeks YOJ challenge on Beading Forum  The theme was New Age.   I have called this bracelet "Triple Goddess", as it represents the 3 aspects of the goddess:

Maiden - rose quartz
Mother - pearls
Crone - clear quartz

I added some gold seed beads to bring in a little masculine energy to balance the femininity of the piece. The twist represents the way the 3 aspects of the goddess are intertwined in all women.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Found treasure

I found this little vintage brooch at a garage sale last weekend.  The end was broken, so I have wrapped it in a filigree - now just have to wait for inspiration to strike as to what to do with it!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Larvikite in chains

These little earrings are very simple but effective, using a puffed oval Larvikite bead (a member of the labradorite family), and a length of chain, threaded onto a headpin.  Larvikite  enhances psychic abilities and helps maintain vitality and youthfulness. 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Harry Potter inspired

This little bracelet is my entry for the weekly challenge at Beading Forum   This weeks theme is Abracadabra!

The red and gold theme is inspired by the colours of Gryffindor, and I made a little Golden Snitch from the quidditch game to use an embellishment.  I think that this is just the ticket if you are a grown-up Harry Potter nerd, and don't want anyone to know!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Butterfly Brooch

This sweet little butterfly brooch was made with a lovely brooch pin from Beads Online A few beads and a touch of alcohol ink on the findings add a purple tone - my favourite.

I managed to squeeze in a couple of hours this afternoon to go for a quick cruise with handsome hubby and his favourite toy:- a great chance to clear the mind, and let new ideas bubble up.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Butterfly charmer

This charm bracelet is made on a gunmetal chain, and features Tim Holtz fragments adorned with butterfly images on photographic paper, backed with Mariposa paper from DCWV.  The beads are mixture of clear, red and black tones, to compliment the backing papers.  It has a very satisfying "jangle" when worn, but is still quite light due to the acrylic fragments.