Lighting Up Your Life!

Started yesterday, and finished lunchtime today, these earrings feature mookite, Botswana agate, amethyst and red manmade crystals. The findings are handmade.

Chandeliers

Chandeliers

I departed from jewellery making briefly, to make some novelty items for the grandchildren.  Here’s one as a sample:

Wyatt

Wyatt


I’d like to point you to an online shop for handmade jewellery.  CinLynn Design and Boutique offers some really beautiful jewellery, and her prices are extraordinarily fair!  In fract, having seen many of the items she has made, I’ve even been converted to pearls!  You certainly won’t regret visiting her shop!

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By Moonlight…

Very recently, our eldest (Damien) gave me some beads, including moonstone!  Now moonstone is one of my birthstones, so it was very appropriate.  It was essential that I make something special, with other gems.  After some thought, I decided to make an illusion necklace, combining aventurine and moonstone, on monofilament thread.  It would be my first effort!  I’m quite pleased with the outcome 🙂   Strangely, the moonstone round reacted powerfully to the flash,  producing a fiery glow!

Illusory Moon Necklace

Illusory Moon Necklace

The wire cone I made myself, using my round nose pliers.

In my stash was a strand of Picasso jasper puffy coins.  While using these, I noticed that some had such beautiful markings on their faces that it would be a shame to, effectively, hide them by stringing them normally.  As a result, I turned four of them into a pair of earrings:

Picasso Jasper Earrings

Picasso Jasper Earrings

Seeking Sophistication plus Camouflaged

During an outbreak of energy I did some beading that I thought was worth showing you:

Putting on the Ritz

Putting on the Ritz

This set for Jenny consists of carnelian, snowflake obsidian and garnet with gold seed and bugle beads. As you may guess, I was attempting to achieve a sophisticated look. Hopefully I succeeded…(?)

Camouflage Bracelet

Camouflage Bracelet

This bracelet I made for myself. It consists of Picasso jasper and green aventurine, with two carnelians as feature beads.

For the Love of Jenny…

There is no doubt in my mind.  My jewellery making efforts originate in my fascination with gemstones and, more powerfully, my love of Jenny.  In the case of the former, it represents the fact that I would  love to become a gemologist, an ambition which is sadly unrealistic.  The latter case is something I can and will continue to demonstrate.  So, these new items are most definitely in pursuit of the second, and primary, motivation!   Oh, and you’re likely to find that amethysts feature frequently, because amethyst is Jenny’s birthstone.

First up on the ‘gemwalk’  is an earring set, which I rather lamely called the Triplets Set.  Inspired by nothing more than possession of the rather beautiful findings from the Precious Accents range by Cousin Corporation of America (indubitably my favourite accessories supplier!).  The gemstones are carnelian, smoky quartz, garnet and amethyst.

Triplets Earring Set

Triplets Earring Set

The following is the Amethyst Falls Set.  Based on a desire to make an attractive but minimalist piece, it obviously required something other than my usual stringing material.  The necklace is based on oval chain.  The drops are populated with smoky quartz nuggets, as a weight, and amethyst chips.  The two flanking drops terminate in eyes, to permit some degree of adaptation, so that the necklace may have different looks.  The earrings reflect the centre drop of the necklace, and features the same gemstones.

Amethyst Falls Set

Amethyst Falls Set

I’m happy to say that Jenny loved them!

A Miscellanea

A good mix of jewellery here.  First, a bit of fun.  Our daughter’s moving this Saturday.  When I saw a set of charms to do with that very subject, well I just had to make this necklace:

Moving Home Necklace

Moving Home Necklace

Second is another bit of fun – a charm bracelet featuring Noah’s Ark and various animals.  Sadly, the animals are not even to scale with each other.  The bracelet consists of the charms and aventurine chips and smoky quartz nuggets

Noah's Ark Charm Bracelet

Noah's Ark Charm Bracelet

Sadly, Buttons Galore, the manufacturer, are no longer making these charms.

Thirdly, a piece that hung about for ages until I finished it this week.  Unfortunately, the photo doesn’t show how it sparkles.  It’s a daisy chain necklace made in seed bead.  It’s suited to a girl, being just 16 inches long.

Daisy Chain Necklace

Daisy Chain Necklace

The pattern is in A Treasury of Beaded Jewelry: Bead Stringing Patterns for All Ages by Mary Ellen Harte.

Finally, a simple pair of earrings, each featuring a smoky quartz nugget and a plain oval carnelian:

Gem Drops Earrings

Gem Drops Earrings

 

 

The Pleasure of Sharing

For the last few days, Jenny and I have shared our jewellery making hobby.  We’ve both been working on various projects, though for different reasons.  Most of what Jenny has made will be used for Christmas presents.  Mine, however, are simply a result of the pleasure I derive from making things!  It’s been rather magical though, both of us sat here surrounded by beads, findings and such, each enjoying the company of the other and sharing the trials and triumphs.

Obviously, as Jenny’s works are for gifts, I don’t want to risk them being seen so I’ll just display some of the pieces I’ve made:

To Boldly Go….

OK, so I’m not going where “no man has gone before” as in the quotation!  In fact, there are many men and women making jewellery.  Probably more than ever before in our history!  It is, however, very new for me!  I’ve spent years watching my wife Jenny working on various beading projects, from 3D animals and flowers to exquisite jewellery sets.  She’s tended to work mostly with seed beads and crystals as she loves their delicacy and flexibility.  Of course, I said on many occasions that there was no way I could do anything like it, especially with beads that I could barely see, let alone find the holes in!

A few months ago, in the wee, small hours of the morning (I have major problems with sleeping!), television was so entertaining that I was browsing through the hundreds of entries in the on-screen guide provided by Sky.  It was then that I discovered JewelleryMaker.Com.  I was immediately impatient for Jenny to get up LOL!  I just knew that I’d found a very valuable channel for her beading hobby.  What I didn’t realise, of course, was that my fate was sealed!  The more I watched, the more fascinated I became.  Before I knew what was happening, I was hooked!  I just had to get some gemstones and have a go…

I purchased a strand of purple/pink banded agate from Magpie Jewellery and a strand of peridot chips, of picture jasper rounds and a half-strand of faceted amethyst rounds, plus a set of antique gold tone heart-and-bar toggle clasps from The Crafty Beggar.  I’ve used findings provided by Jenny to produce several pieces, some of which are below:

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