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131  Tons of Jewelry Post in Beads: Completed Projects by Miss Violaceous on: February 06, 2006 09:22:54 PM
I got a digital camera for christmas, and whlie I was retrofitting my entire earring collection with niobium earwires, I realized now was the time to get un-lazy and take some group pics to show off all the earrings I've made over the years. Which isn't that many, cause I'm not that old. :-D Then I got wacky and took pics of the beaded necklaces and bracelets I've made, too. The pics aren't too fabulous, but I didn't want to overwhelm the post. If anyone takes a particular interest in something, let me know and I can take a better pic for you.

First, the earrings. I love chandelier findings and natural stone, but I've also experimented with wood and interesting glass. One of the pics has matching bracelets.

This is an adjustable necklace featuring wire-wrapped and non-wrapped lampwork glass beads. On the inside is a charm bracelet with glass beads and sun/moon charms.

Bracelets, anklets, and a necklace-anklet set. This pic really doesn't do the grey beads justice, nor the nanner-anklet.

I had a bunch of pendants in my jewelry box from when I was little. Now that I'm an adult, I don't like wearing small pendants on a long chain. So, I've been stringing my pendants on choker-length flexible wire with complementary beads to show them off more. I'm really happy with the way they've been turning out, and the length no longer battles my clothes. My favorite is the tiger eye fairy.

Finally, my long bead strands. The brown-purple one looks dull in that photo, but it looks amazing in the light or with the right clothes.

Let me know if you like them!
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132  Re: Pirate Swap (Signups Dec 28, 05- Jan 3, 06) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Miss Violaceous on: December 30, 2005 03:22:56 PM
I've never swapped before, in fact I mostly lurk here... but I just gotta do this.

I have a bit of a pirate... problem. I play Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates and am a wee bit... wee bit, y'see... addicted.

That's me on the right... I also have a  bit of a purple problem.
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133  Re: wire-wrapping a bead with no hole... in Beads: Discussion and Questions by Miss Violaceous on: May 25, 2005 04:41:13 AM
My favorite pair of earrings feature large quartz crystals with no holes. The lady at the bead shop showed me how to wrap them. I just looped the wire tightly around the shaft of the crystal three times, then twisting the ends together and bringing them up the sides of the shaft to attach to the jewelry findings (looking like little basket handles). Then, I took needle-nosed pliers and made the loops extra tight by pinching the wire with the pliers half a turn, doing the loops one at a time. The twists ended up nesting in each other, so it looks kind of like a zig-zag or a lightning strike in triplicate.

I give up on explaining this. Here's a crappy paint rendition:

I've had those earrings for years and the crystals have never even thought about coming loose.
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