I've been beading up a storm in my craft room over the last few weeks. I go back to necklaces whenever I feel like I'm getting stressed out. I consider it low-impact crafting with high-end results (witty huh? I know!
)If anyone is ever interested in where I get my materials I'd be more than willing to share. I won't post in here because it's against the rules, but over time I've managed to find some really good/inexpensive shops online. I'm not affiliated with them at all, I'm more of an admiring shopper. You can click on the link underneath for a larger photo!
First is a sky-blue multi-strand necklace with a lampwork pendant. I actually picked up the pendant on the island of Murano in Italy. I had the chance to see some pretty amazing glasswork there.http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1419/824328605_d9f3f37629.jpg
The second necklace is a silver-mounted piece of pink agate strung on several strands of silver-lined transparent beads. It's kind of too sparkly for me (or maybe too pink for me?).http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1016/824322905_e899db6e46.jpg
This one is similar to the pinkie necklace, but I like the green pendant a little bit more. I think when I bought it I was told it was gaspeite (sp?). I'm more green than pink (but way more pink/green than anything else).http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1311/824327335_e7bb64bf18.jpg
This is a chunky little thing. I actually bought these beads at the Dollar Store. Materials for this thing were MAYBE $4. I love Dollar Stores. I know they're a tad bit evil, but when you have a bargaining soul....http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1029/824322073_77d3d61ee9.jpg
Ohhh I like this one too. I reminds me of delicious green olives!http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1338/824321263_f3e1598a0d.jpg
Like I said before, pink and green is one of my FAVOURITE colour combos. Here's one of my many homages to their beautiful relationship!http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1383/825194552_85098f9c8a.jpg
Here's a closer/clearer detail of the pendant. I picked this one up in Italy as well. http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1357/824320757_e17546705a.jpg
I made this one just yesterday. It's one of my favourites for sure. I just started working with tigers tail wire. For this one I used 3 lengths of wire and made up a random wiring mess. Pretty mess in my opinion though. It's made with manmade turquoise, freshwater pearls and glass beads.http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1426/1023237635_267d08c76b.jpg
This one I threw together for a friends birthday gift. She said that she digs the blue/brown colour combo. I don't feel like I did it justice, but perhaps this one just isn't my thing. It's most just glass beads with some freshwater pearls thrown in once in a while.http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1105/1023237461_577106eb81.jpg
This is my ode to art deco. Whenever I think of it I think of black and white. A simple mess of random glass beads. I used the same tigers tail wire method with this one.http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1019/1023236243_2def768c6b.jpg
And finally here's one of my best pieces yet (or in my opinion anyway). It's made with Brazilian landscape jasper. I'm not much of a gemstone/rock person, so I really have no idea what it all means. But I do like the simplicity of the stones. They remind me of the scene in Amelie where she collects flat rocks for skipping.http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1232/1023237011_db7dbc5f87.jpg
If anyone has questions about how to put any of this together feel free to ask. I'm beading all the time, so I could easily take photos along the way.