Sunday, March 24, 2013

More Chunky Jewelry

I've got some sewing projects in the wings - trying to finish up some projects that have been sitting around part way done.  But they're not ready to "unveil" yet.  So in the mean time, the Gem Faire was in town this weekend and since I hadn't been in a while, we went over for a few hours and I ended up with some very cute beads.  They were calling to me so I came right home and starting creating.
Up first - I have been wanting a long solid red coral necklace forever.  These beads are about 7/8" long each making the necklace about 28 inches long total.  I can't wait to wear it this week!

 Next - a purchase on a whim, but it may turn out to be my favorite creation of the bunch.  These are dyed tree nuts and I just couldn't resist the color.  Total length - about 24 inches.  This necklace is going to work with me tomorrow! 
Third - this is part sterling silver, part pewter beads.  But I had been wanting to add another simple silver tone bracelet to my collection for awhile. 
And this bracelet is made up of smokey quartz, citrine, amethyst, and rose quartz beads.  I feel some pastel days coming along this spring and this is a nice addition for me. 

I still have quite a few other purchases to put together but I need a quick trip to the craft store to pick up more findings - up next, some huge pearl drop earrings that I have been wanting to make forever! And them a chunky yellow jade necklace.  I wear mustard/yellow quite a bit and it will be a perfect match! 

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Bold, Chunky Bracelets

I've had a couple of strands of miscellaneous beads sitting around for awhile. You've seen them at the craft stores - a strand of coordinating beads that you can make whatever you want out of.  I bought them thinking they would make great necklaces or bracelets.  I finally decided to sit down the other night and play with them.  Both sets of beads decided they wanted to be bracelets. 

Here is #1 - Black and sparkles.  The focal bead right in the middle is large and beautiful. 

 I don't know why I am so dang symmetrical.  But I just can't help myself.  I do love how it turned out.

I had two strands of white/clear/sparkly beads and they decided to become a multi strand bracelet, along with a strand of thick silver chain.  I was a little worried about this bracelet being "too bulky, too big", but . . . .

. . . . I wore it to work on Friday and loved it!  Super bold and chunky!  And a nice mix of coordinated beads all put together for you.  I'm really going to have to branch out of my comfort zone and make a non-symmetrical necklace with these coordinated strands in the future.
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