Sunday, April 15, 2007

Beautiful New Designs

I have been putting a lot of time into doing some new pieces that feature a spiral weave. Some are done with Japanese and Czech seed beads, and some with gemstone chips. I LOVED working on these new pieces.

The Green one is Aventurine Chips spiraled around a core of Czech beads that are a complimentary green. I call this one my "Spring Sea Garden Party Necklace" because of the watery green effects, and the beautiful brass starfish toggle. I LOVE this one. I plan to make a matching bracelet and the toggle on that one will be a brass fish, to keep with the sea green theme. I have already made the matching earrings for the set.

Next is a bracelet, earrings and pendant that was created in "Beaded Beads." I make the beads out of beads!!! Intersperced with the beaded beads are Czech Fire Polished Crystals and gem stones. Beautiful, is it not? I love the sizzling reds and crystals together. It is a combination of sizzling hot red, with ice cold crystals. WOW!!! This one is called "The Red Hot Momma set."

Midnight Garden
is what I call the next one, done in black Snowflake Obidian gem stones. And the core of this spiral is made of aqua Czech beads, with a purple lining. You talk about brilliant glam, this one has it all. Elegant and classic at the same time.

Finally, there is the red and crystal Sweetheart Surprise Necklace. It is done in Russian Spiral weave. I have made a detachable pendant out of Peyote Weave, and that features lots of brilliant Swarovski crystals mingled in with the red and crystal Czech beads. I think it is a very festival and happy feeling necklace. Is there anything in this world that is nicer than Swarovski crystals...well, not much. I simply love working with them and I love the elegant razzle dazzle I get when I weave them into my jewelry.

On Saturday, April 28th, I will be going to the Akron Lapidary and Gem Show, with the Obsessive Compulsive Bead Workers of PA group that I belong to. OMG, a day of looking at gems and beads. I can hardly wait to be there. I always come home from gem shows with so many wonderful new stones to work with. I try never to plan ahead as to what I will be buying. I like to browse around and just wait for the right ones to let me know they are waiting for me. Being sensitive to the stones is part of the process. They speak. I listen. And, I come home a VERY HAPPY CAMPER!!!

Just wanted to share some of my most recent works with you. Hope you enjoyed seeing what I do.

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