Friday, February 27, 2009

Garnet Teardrop Earrings

I'm getting so much inspiration on ! This page features jewellery artists and teachers and puts together people that would probably not have a chance to meet this close other than on jewellery shows. This site gives you lessons at home!
I personally have never attended a bead or jewellery show yet, and as I live in Jackson Hole (yes, the 'hole' in the name is there for a reason!), it is hard to get anywhere out of here... so this is a great way for me to explore some possibilities and ideas without traveling far from home!

Well, these earrings were a way to practise wrapping with beads. First, they were just teardrop shaped wires with silver beads, but when we were talking about them with my husband Sandeep, he thought I should add some colour to make them more interesting. And I found a string of garnets that I was saving for the time I can make a proper piece and not waste the gems. Well, I guess the time has come!

PS. I was just reading a blog of a friend (Kathleen, it's about you) mentioning her husband's input for her newly finished piece - and I have to say: guys, you rock! Second opinion can make a difference!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Copper Sprinkles

The earrings for the previously posted pendant are almost done (I cannot find copper headpins or a wire I can use for earwires - ugh, it's not easy being creative when all of a sudden you're missing a thingie... I will take a pic and post it soon regardless) - but I found a bracelet I made earlier but never took a picture of. It's a very easy simple bracelet made of black woven cord, copper wire and copper beads - the beads are free and move as you move with your hand.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Copper Pendant - Project in Progress

I happily introduce a wrapped round pendant! >> that I don't know how to finish yet... But I like what it looks like so far and I'm working on a pair of earrings to go with this. I will show you when it's done!

Coiled Chain with Red Bead Pendant

My new coiled chain got its first use - a horseshoe shaped pendant with a few wired details: coiled beads in the links, glass bead, hammered wire paddles and wrapped citrine bead.

Coiled Handmade Chain

I have created a few pendants with the photo transfers, but I really didn't know what to "hang" them on... I didn't want to jusy hang them on a silver chain - that would be too easy, maybe good looking, but not as HANDMADE as I would have imagined.
So I had to come up with a chain I could make. I have tried the figure-8 chain previously ( and I was still looking for something more ornate...
That was the day I was coiling like crazy:
I just thought 'there must be a way to connect the coils'.... and this is what came out of it:

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Simple Wire Earrings

As I'm playing with wires and becoming familiar with them, I'm trying to play up some different ideas. Here are quick earrings with hammered wire - you will see this element in a few other projects that I've created in past few days (I just didn't find the time to post them).

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Columns of Green

I was off-line for a while now, but it doesn't mean I was not creating. I have a few things to show you, hopefully over next few days...
For the starters, here is another try of the wrapped bangle with seedies and bugle beads, this time the bugle beads are much longer - I really wanted to see the outcome and I'm quite happy with that.
Now I only have to buy lots of different colours!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Photo Transfers - Something Small

This is result or more experimenting with the photo transfers - small mother-of-pearl tags, that can be used with pendants or even added as a part of earrings (if they are the same colour, unlike here...).

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

There's No End To Bangles - Evidently...

I really got into the bangle making, as you can see, and everytime I started working on a bangle, I got an idea for another one. This was a design I didn't think I could pull off, I was trying to use the stem seed beads and thought of something else originally - but that didn't work out. It was a moment before I figured out, how to attach the beads to the bangle base (which is two un-attached wire bangles) and then I really liked the way it was going on.
This bangle took me quite a while to finish, but it's just the first in a long line now. And with every new bangle I'm getting better and faster.

For The Love of Coils

This is my first try at coiled coils. I like the look of the coils (handmade, by the way - I yet have to get the coiling gizmo!) and I will definitely try more designs with them.
Here I have combined steel wire, antiqued silver spacers, seed beads and a firepolished bead to add more red to make the seed beads pop.

Detail of closure:

Seed Beed Bangles Got Sisters!

This is how I imagined the set of bangles adorned with seed beads. Yay, I like it!