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« on: November 26, 2008 01:23:56 PM »

Hiya!

Okay, so it's been a loooooong time since I started a topic, and never before in this category, so here goes....

These were the first ones I made.  Bear in mind that the top bead of each one is the same shape, kinda nuggety, just turned around differently - they also show different colours depending on which side you see! 

(You get a good idea of the range and brightness of the colours on these first two pictures.)

Then I made some smaller ones for a very petite friend!  Bearing in mind they seem to be appearing that bit larger than life here.

These others were taken at night, and though they were back AND front lit, as well as with a flash, they still came out a bit washed out and dark.  However, you get the general idea from the two above.  I just wanted to show you the different combinations of shapes that I made.



I think these are my favourite coz they're unusual.  They were supposed to have a smaller long bead (as below) hanging from the top, so they looked like cherries with a leaf, but the middle one hung straight down and they looked rude!:

A friend bought these off me already:


I have had to use the tools I already own as I couldn't afford to buy anything more.  Any comments or suggestions for improvement from you experienced jewellery makers is welcome. 

I guess they're a bit ordinary for Craftster, but I hope you like them.   Grin
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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2008 01:47:29 PM »

I love the first pair!  The colors are so bright and shimmery.
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2008 03:01:07 PM »

You did quite well not having the right tools. I love those type of beads. I love your comment about the "rude" beads. Too funny. I tend to force symetry on my work but it tends to look better if it's not symmetrical. Think about making the wire two different lengths or and a third round one in the middle using a jump ring or chain or eye pin.
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Edit: instead of bringing the wire together for the two balls, just cross the wire. Like an "X".
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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2008 03:45:30 PM »

Thank you both!

To sactownsue, thanks for the feedback.  I'd thought about a third bead on the "balls" one (I just can't get away from them being rude, can I?  Grin), but didn't have any more of that type.  I was also wary of them maybe looking a bit like the logo for pawn shops.  (I dunno if it's the same in the US as here in the UK?)

It's still an idea for future earrings though, but I think I'd do like you said and probably do them asymmetrical. 

It took me a while to figure out how long to leave the head pins before I bent them round to attach them, which is why, if you look closely, some of the loops look a bit oval. 

Also the (I think DIY?) circular pliers I used weren't as fine at the tip as the proper jewellery ones are, so it was very fiddly putting loops in.

I did think about crossing the wires, but thought it might look a bit unintentional, like maybe they got bent by accident?  It would have been a lot easier though!

Being in the UK I don't have access to the same things you do, and when I do they're usually a lot more expensive.   Sad

I keep dreaming that one day I'll have a debit card so I can buy things over the internet.....

Anyways, thanks again!   Grin
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2008 04:22:21 PM »

Not having more of that type bead doesn't have to stop you. I can see a black faceted bead in there. Even better than more of the same type. Not familiar with pawn shops having logos... Don't think they do here. Seems like they just have "open" and "pawn" somewhere...
Think about a loop in the center of the wire, sorta like a bobby pin, run both ends thru the bead, then separate the ends and put a bead at each end.
These things do take practice. Oval is ok.
The pliers are usually called rosary (rosaries have a lot of those links) similarly needle nose. I've seen some in the scrapbooking "tool kits". I've tried it with needle nose plies from the hardware store... Yuck!
http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H201738TL
They ship internationally. That must cost a fortune...

I know I used to want to live in a less congested neighborhood but I like living in a city with STORES. Life in the USA isn't perfect, for me anyway, but I can't imagine living anywhere else.

Have you tried a "WANTED" post on freecycle? or craigslist? People advertise the most interesting stuff.
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2008 05:01:36 PM »

Not having more of that type bead doesn't have to stop you. I can see a black faceted bead in there. Even better than more of the same type.

Good idea.  I'll be trawling the beads (with my beady eyes  Roll Eyes) now when I'm next somewhere that sells them!

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Not familiar with pawn shops having logos... Don't think they do here. Seems like they just have "open" and "pawn" somewhere...
Think about a loop in the center of the wire, sorta like a bobby pin, run both ends thru the bead, then separate the ends and put a bead at each end.

You'll see what I mean if you Google "Pawn shop logo"!  I like the bobby pin idea and totally get what you mean.  Smiley

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These things do take practice. Oval is ok.

Phew, thanks.  Will practice!

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The pliers are usually called rosary (rosaries have a lot of those links) similarly needle nose. I've seen some in the scrapbooking "tool kits". I've tried it with needle nose plies from the hardware store... Yuck!
http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H201738TL
They ship internationally. That must cost a fortune...
I know I used to want to live in a less congested neighborhood but I like living in a city with STORES. Life in the USA isn't perfect, for me anyway, but I can't imagine living anywhere else.

You don't need to tell me - I moved from Manchester (big city, some - generally Mancunians - would say it's the next best place to London for shopping) to the sticks!  Better quality of life, worse quality of shopping by a loooooooong way!

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Okay, this is embarrassing.   Embarrassed  I run a Freecycle group.  It's a bit like the builders house or the mechanics car.  I hardly ever use it for myself!   Roll Eyes

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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2008 10:39:40 PM »

these are way kooooL!!  i like i like!!
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« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2008 09:39:51 AM »

these are way kooooL!!  i like i like!!

Aww, thanks green!   Smiley Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2008 08:18:09 PM »

I think they are cute! Very pretty beads!

As for not having the right tools, I've been there before. But I think you did an awesome job!  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2008 04:15:20 AM »

I think they are cute! Very pretty beads!

As for not having the right tools, I've been there before. But I think you did an awesome job!  Grin


It's always reassuring to have feedback from people who have experience in these things. 

Thank you Moondragon!  Grin
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