Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Aunt Debi's Necklace and Earrings

Here is the finished necklace and earring set that I made for my Aunt Debi last week. This necklace is similar to the one that I recently made for my Grandma T. in that it is a double strand. The beads that I used for this necklace are just gorgeous. Aunt Debi picked out most of the stones earlier this summer when we went bead shopping in Tucson. I made the beaded beads to match the colors found in the different stone. I just love beaded beads!

The big round stones are rainbow amazonite. They range in colors of yellow, orange, red, purplish blue, green and an opaque white. The smaller beads in this photo are rutilated quartz and gold button freshwater pearls. I also used vemiel beads and 22 karat delica seed beads as the spacer beads. The beaded beads were made with a variety of delica seed bead, including 22 karat gold and copper.

The white beads in the center are made from moonstone.

Monday, August 20, 2007

My Aunt Debi is the Best!

This past summer when I was in Tucson, visiting family, I made a deal with my Aunt Debi that if she made me a bag I would make her some jewelry. Well, here is the super duper cool bag that she made me. I received it in the mail about a week ago and I just love it! It is my favorite color, brown, and it is just too cool. It has three pockets and I just love the fabric! Thank you, thank you, thank you Aunt Debi!

In return I had promised her a necklace and earrings set. Well, I didn't have the jewelry made when I received the bag so last week I busted my butt and got it made. So here is a little sneak peak of what it looks like. I will post more photos of it later this week after Aunt Debi gets it in the mail. It is just lovely!

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Elana's Bracelet

Here is a bracelet that I just finished for a friend of mine from New Mexico who recently came up to Kansas for a visit. While she was here she picked out the beads and colors that she wanted incorporated in the bracelet and asked me to throw something together for her. So here it is.

In making this bracelet I used triangular toho beads and myuki delica seed beads. The bracelet was made using the peyote stitch throughout. I borrowed the clasp idea from a recent issue of Bead&Button in the Aug 2007 on page 75-76. It was designed by Nancy Sathre-Vogel. Of course I shortened the circumfrance of the toggle loop and made a different toggle. It turned out pretty nice though and was fun to make. I'll have to continue to play around with the whole beaded toggle clasp thing in the future.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

3 Sisters Jewelry Over the Years

Over the years my sisters and I have made a lot of jewelry. While I was in Arizona this summer I took pictures of Leora's, Angie's and my beadwork that we have given as gifts to my mom and each other in the past. Granted this is not all of the jewelry that we have made, but it is a good collection of items that we have made. I will probably be adding more items later today also as I dig up other pieces and take photos. I thought that this would be a fun way to show all of our work.