Saturday, May 28, 2011

Challenge Week 16

As a change from all the black that I have been making I received a special order, which I'm using for my challenge piece, and it just happens not to have any black in it..

For week 16 I've made a ring, similar to another that is in my store. This ring is for a co-worker to give as a birthday gift and is made from campaign color freshwater pearls and sterling silver wire.  These pearls are going to look great on a tanned hand. This is a "wear with everything" piece of jewelry.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend. While you are enjoying your holiday, please remember the people that have fought for our country and for our freedom to enjoy this holiday.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Chalenge Week 15

People watching is a great way to pass the time for me. I like to look at how people dress, interact, carry themselves; it is very interesting thing to do. Lately, with my 2 hour commute to work and an hour walking on my lunch hour, exploring NY, then the 2 hour commute home, I get to do a lot of people watching. There is one thing that stood out in all this people watching and that is that people in NY wear black a lot. I had a seat on the subway one day, most days that is an impossibility, and looked out into all the people standing in front of me.  I saw that every single person had on black pants.  Once in a while I see a black skirt and on Fridays the black pants are replaced with jeans. I may be crazy, but that is amazing to me.  People of New York there are other colors you know.

For Week 15 of my challenge I made a pair of Monochromatic Earrings. They are black onyx beads, 12 x 8mm with antiqued corrugated silver beads, on silver french hooks. The earrings are 1 and 1/2 inches long.  Including this week, three weeks in a row of my challenge have included black, EEK is all of my time in NY influencing me! You can see more of my jewelry by clicking here.

In the next few months I am going to start a series of articles in my newsletter about the meanings of precious stones and what the beliefs are about their properties. I learned that it is believed that onyx heals grief.  The newsletter comes out the first week of each month and if you would like to learn more you can sign up on my website. I only use your email address, I never give it/sell it to anyone else. Sign up at McLachlan Design Studio, there is a box at the bottom of the page to enter your email address.

Thanks for stopping by; it would be great if you left a comment, just to let me know someone out there is reading. Tracy from the Tote Trove has been good about leaving comments, thanks Tracy.  You should check out her bags, they are so cute and colorful. Here is a link to her site

See you next week!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Challenge Week 14

This week I made 3 items from the beads that I bought in NYC, just got on a roll and couldn't stop. I made a necklace and 2 pair of earrings to share with you.

This necklace is called Charred Apple because it's inspired by the big apple.  It is made with thunder polished glass crystal roundel beads in red  and black (char) and antiqued silver spacer beads. It measures 17 inches long and has a toggle clasp closure.

The picture doesn't really do it justice because the beads have such a beautiful sparkle. They are 8 x 6 mm and I'm crazy about them.  I made myself a bracelet with the same beads in the same pattern. I have a suit that needs a little sparkle and this red is the perfect color to go with the suit.

Charred Apple earrings

Red Hot Apple earrings
  In addition to the necklace I made 2 pair of earrings. They both can be worn with the necklace, it's a matter of which you prefer and the outfit you are wearing at the time. I made earrings that have 2 black beads too. So you have lots of choices.

Have a great week - see you next time!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Challenge Week 13

Welcome to week 13 of my 52 week challenge. Besides diamonds, black onyx is one of my favorite stones, so this week I made earrings from some black onyx beads. I've seen similar designs in books and magazines, so the design isn't totally unique, however, I put my own spin on it.

These earrings are called Orbit in Black. They are one and a half inches long and the beads are size 6 mm, so they aren't too big or too small. These earrings will go with most outfits. I like the swirl around the beads, gives them a little flair. I have other beads in the same color and may make more. Check out my shop in the future for other colors.  Meanwhile, black goes with most everything.

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Challenge Week 12

This has been a really long week, I started my new job on Monday and with the long commute to NYC and back each day it doesn't give me much time to do anything else. So my post had to wait until now, Sunday evening.  Once I get back into a routine I'll get back to posting on Saturday morning. So, my apologies for being late.

For week 12 of the challenge I made a beautiful pair of copper color crystal earrings, with gold accents. The large focal bead is an 8 mm Swarovski crystal checkerboard in copper color. Then I added gold spacer beads, Xilion bicone 4 mm crystals and 2mm copper beads. They hang from gold french wires.  These earrings have a lot of sparkle  to them.

It's rare that I use all gold, most of the time I either use silver or a mix of silver and gold, so this has been a bit of a challenge.  Also, using the copper color crystals is different for me, I lean towards more the blues, blacks and greens.

I hope you enjoy these earrings and will come back next week.