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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Early Autumn Necklace

I was inspired by the current changing colours of the leaves. There are leaves that are still green with some turning coppery brown.

I have combined the topaz rondelles with Swarovski khaki cubes and copper pearls. The first run thru of the necklace was not long enough. I added green seed beads on either side of the large pearls. This help to lengthen it, in addition to a few 3mm pearls at each end of the necklace.

Friday, September 24, 2010

LBD necklace

Using more of the bead from Dawn Masters I created this necklace that would look great with the classic little black dress (LBD).

I combined the black and crystal rondelles with some dark grey Swarovski pearls. I had one pearl left so I added a drop at the closure.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Calla Lily Earrings Revisited

Last fall I made a bouquet of Calla Lily Earrings using lucite beads from Juicy Bead Ladies. They were at Bead Oasis last weekend and this time I got both white and red lily beads.

 Red Calla Lily Earrings

Classic White Calla Lily Earrings

The earrings are on cards prepared with a punch that is designed especially to make earring cards. From Easy Earring Cards, this punch is so much easier than trying to line up holes made with a large needle.  

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Black, Red and Dragon's Blood

I have a few colours that I am always drawn to, namely red, blue and black.

At last week's TBS meeting I purchased some great beads from Dawn Masters, including matte and shiny black cubes. I strung them with coral beads and spikes, along with some black rondelles.

Coral Spikes Necklace

At Bead Oasis, last weekend I bought these great polymer clay beads, by Jessica Greschner, called dragon's blood. I also found these great rondelles at Canada Beading Supplies' booth. I have combined the with some hematite Swarovski crystals. This is a great piece. I have wore it to work the last two days and received many compliments.
 Dragon's Blood Necklace

Close up of Dragon's Blood beads

Friday, September 17, 2010

Freeform Rings

Today was the first day of the Fall Canadian Bead Oasis Show. I decided to take a class, so I signed up for Jelcy Romberg's Freeform silver ring. I don't do alot of wire work so the class was a great way to do something that I don't normally do. We did two practice rings using parawire.

Here is my first using red and copper.

The second using shades of purple and a rose gold.
The final one was with the good wire, argentium silver wire.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Beads and Chain Necklace

I was playing with the beads that I purchased at last night's Toronto Bead Society meeting. As I was looking for things to add to them I came across these lampwork beads I got from Amy Waldman Smith earlier in the year. I of course got side tracked by them. Here is my finished piece, combining the lampwork with a few Swarovski crystals and lengths of chain.