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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Lovely Blues

I told you all my desk and workspace wouldn't remain tidy for very long, but I think the results are well worth the mess. Many months ago my friend Sandra sent me her stash of seed beads. Then, shortly after I moved my friend Audrey sent me an assortment of beads which were positively divine. I've used little of these beads, and I have them set aside from my regular stash because they are special. ♥

Well. I decided last night that I was going to make something pretty from some of these beads just for me. It started off with just a set of bracelets.

Mother of pearl, crystal, and seed bead stretch bracelets.
But then I had some left over mother of pearl beads. The dark blue ones are the ones from Audrey. The lighter blue were from my own stash. What to do with those last lonely beads? Make earrings of course!

Mother of pearl, crystal, and glass seed bead earrings.
Well at that point, I still had plenty of seed beads left over from Sandra. I had earrings and a set of bracelets. Clearly, I needed a necklace to match. Why not, right? Might as well while I'm already at it. I delved through my stash of focal sized pendants and cabochons and found a rectangle shaped piece of cat's eye glass. It was even about the same shape as the largest mother of pearl beads from Audrey, and it was the same lovely dark blue.

Wire wrapped glass pendant.
But wait, there's more. While I was delving into my collection of focals, I found this smaller cabochon that was the same dark blue. I also had some ring blanks. Not my new ones, but some old ones that are a bit hardier and not quite as bright a silver. Why not test one of those out? I haven't ever used them before. They were part of a random assortment of findings I got from FMG.

Glass cat's eye ring with wire wrapping + seed beads.
So I made a ring! It was very pretty and very simple all on its own, but I decided to make it a little fancier by weaving in a bit of wire wrapping through the slats in the ring itself. I rather like the result. It's the first time I've ever made a ring quite like that, so I definitely think I'm going to have to experiment some more. I do have a lot of smaller cabochons.



All in all, it makes for a very lovely set of jewelry. I had been needing some blue jewelry, too. I had just about every other color, but I wear a lot of blue. The entire set worn all at once is sure to turn some heads.

Thanks for the lovely beads, Sandra and Audrey! I adore you both.

Much love,

2 comments:

  1. Yayyy, so sweet to see our beads used in something you made just for yourself. o///o <3

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  2. Love the collection! Now you have so many different combos with just the set.

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