Saturday, June 23, 2012

Challenge Week 51

Welcome to Week 51.

In week 49 I featured a double strand turquoise necklace with silver accents. This week I made earrings to compliment the necklace.  They are simple with three turquoise beads and seed beads in-between. I also made a pair for myself and wear them a lot. They can be worn with most things in my closet because I wear a lot of black; I also wear them with green, white, and beige.

For the final challenge I have a fabulous necklace planned, it’s on my bead board right now just waiting to be strung.  I hope it comes out as good as I have been imagining it.  Come back next week to see what I made.

Have a great week.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Chellenge Week 50

Black and brown is being seen all over town lately.  Everywhere I go I see the combination in dresses, suits, blouses and more.  It’s a combination I never would have put together until I actually saw someone wearing it and I really like it.

Last week my friend Crystal and I went to the bead store on our lunch hour and she pointed out these black and brown beads and I had to buy them.  Crystal is a great inspiration, we have similar taste in jewelry and she gives me ideas that end up looking great. When I start hiring employees she is going to be my first hire as a designer. She is also one of my best customers…

Anyway, I decided to make a bracelet for myself to go with my new black top that has beige polka-dots and this week’s bracelet is the result.  Of course I’m going to make one for Crystal too, and one for the store.  These beads will look with black beads too and I may just make a pair of earrings with the black beads.  I used a magnet clasp on the bracelet, it’s the first time I’ve tried one, and I love it.  The bracelet is so easy to put on and take off.  Just be careful at the bank when you use the pen that is on the chain, you get stuck to the chain and it’s embarrassing. 

That’s all for now,  I hope you have a great week.


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Challenge Week 49

If you need luck, several world cultures have believed at one time or another that turquoise is the stone to give you good luck.  I guess it’s more durable than a rabbit’s foot and easier to get.

This week I made a necklace using turquoise, silver and crystals. I took a traditional southwest look and gave it a little bling.  The turquoise beads are round and are either 3mm or 5 mm, and then I put green crystal cube beads in-between and added some silver saucer spacer beads.  The focal bead is about the size of a quarter and is the reason why I made the necklace.  I found the focal bead in NYC at a bead store, then had to decide what I was going to make around it.  It’s like buying the shoes before the dress, but I really liked it and wanted to make something with it.  The clasp has an interesting design on it and is great because you can adjust the length of the necklace by moving the clasp up or down on the chain that is on the opposite side of the clasp.  At its shortest the necklace is 25 inches long and can be extended approximately another inch and a half.

I hope you enjoy.  Leave comments; let me know what you think.