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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My FAVOURITE necklace from a summer of crafting - oh the simplicity! on: September 18, 2006 01:56:57 PM
This was probably a 10 minute necklace, one of those spontaneous moments of inspiration, but I love, love, love it!  The glass pendant is a funky colour that kind of morphs depending on the colours around it (army green/grey/black etc) and the length is great for filling in all different necklines.

What do you think?  I am always so inspired by everyone's posts on here so I love getting feedback!

Thanks for looking!!!  Smiley

(I'm having fun trying out my new digital camera!)

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Glass and chain necklace -- my first time sharing a creation with chain :O) on: September 12, 2006 07:54:47 PM
Here's a necklace that I made this evening while experimenting with green glass and purple acrylic beads as well as sterling chain.  I'm not sure how I feel about the extra piece of chain that is attached to both sides of the necklace.  What do ya think?!

Hopefully it interests someone who is considering a swap with me!  Wink

Comments and criticisms appreciated!

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Peach Button Bracelets - Thanks for the inspiration ladies!!! on: July 15, 2006 03:59:10 PM
Here are two button bracelets that I created after being inspired by Denika's posting (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=107326.0) and reading Creative Kismet's blog (http://blog.creativekismet.com/category/tutorials/)  I came across packages of single colour buttons in the Dollar Store and hunted around on Craftster until I found a great use for them.

I like the second bracelet better than the first because I changed the way that I finished it off. I used one more button so that I didn't need the beads to fill space.

Thanks for the inspiration!  I hope that now that I've gotten past my first attempts at the process I will be able to move on to more funky bracelets like both of yours  Smiley

  My first attempt . . .

and my second attempt!

Thanks for looking!  Comments and criticisms welcome  Smiley
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Cool as Ice (necklace) on: July 10, 2006 01:14:09 PM
I have made so many necklaces since I last posted on here but this seems to be my favorite right now.  It is a combination of turquoise seed beads, aqua coloured rectangular glass beads that remind me of ice cubes and a shell ring pendant.    Very simple but a great way to dress up a tank top on a hot summer day  Smiley

Comments and criticisms welcome!  Thanks!  

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Bracelets with a Twist *Edit -- now with more pics and "how it's made" * on: August 03, 2005 07:26:34 PM
Here is a selection of beaded bracelets that I made on yet another hot summer day.

You will notice that the central bead is actually none other than a glass marble with a coordinating image.  The beads are either all wooden (another dollar store find!  Smiley) or wooden mixed with clear glass? E beads  (they look a bit green because the background is fluorescent green cardstock).

While I love the way the barrel clasp looks on the bracelet, I quickly discovered that it makes it nearly impossible to put on without someone else's help and switched to the toggle clasp instead  Cheesy

*EDIT*  Here are 5 more bracelets that I made yesterday as well as an individual pic of my favourite out of the group  Smiley 
The sunflower bracelet is made on stretchy cord (next time I'll use clear) but it's very small unfortunately  Sad

And....while this isn't the way that I have been making them ( since I am interested in seeing if I can sell them), here is an alternative way to make them that is just as effective provided you take more time than I did last night to make a demo!  Grin  I found that the back showed up better when I switched it to a black and white photo.

What I did was take an eyepin and cut it to a length that is slightly longer than the glass marble, then I made a loop at the end that doesn't already have one and then tied two separate pieces of fishing line to the loops before attaching the marble.  To attach the marble I used hot glue and then after covering the back of the marble and the eyepin with the glue I just squished it flat against the tray that I do my work on so that the back is flat.  I do the same thing to make pendants for necklaces.  Depending on the amount of glue used there will probably be some overflow that you'll then have to go back and trim or peel off.  I used side cutters to do this so it looks pretty messy.  I read someone's suggestion to use cuticle scissors to cut curves so this would probably be a great time to do that.  After it's dry (which is sometimes too quickly!)  bead both pieces of fishing line and attach your clasp. 
Ta da!

Comments appreciated!  Smiley  Thanks for looking!!!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From Beaded Tassel to Beaded Necklaces on: July 29, 2005 07:50:14 PM
I started with a beaded tassel like this (but in a different colour)

and transformed it into these two necklaces

I came across a bunch of different colours of beaded tassels at the Dollar Store and knew that I could find a better use for them.  Everything's better when it only costs $1!!! 

Comments welcome Smiley
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Modified 80s Necklaces -- Like the Ones Your Mom Wore...Only Better :) on: July 29, 2005 03:46:55 PM
Here are two necklaces that I found at Value Village and restrung using new E beads between the chunky beads.

Both necklaces are on stretch cord and originally sat below the collar bone when worn.

The black necklace now makes a great choker for tops with higher necklines. 

The tortoise shell necklace originally used gold beads in between the plastic beads but I'm a silver girl so I switched them to black Smiley  I shortened this one by few inches so that it was a better length with tank tops.

Comments welcome  Smiley
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / * Loopy Glass Bead Necklace * on: July 28, 2005 07:48:29 PM

I created this necklace a few weeks ago using a selection of glass beads from one of those mass o' glass tubs.  I alternated between average sized beads and the larger beads in the tub (like the square purple one).  The necklace is strung on fishing line and as you can see in the photo, it can be looped around a second time.  There are so many colours in the necklace so it goes with everything!

Comments would be appreciated  Smiley

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / *** Faux coral necklace *** on: July 28, 2005 07:39:16 PM

Hi Everyone!  Smiley

I made this necklace using coral coloured plastic marble stones that I found at the Dollar Store yesterday. 

After drilling holes through them (not an easy task -- had to enlist in some help for that part since they melted very easily!) I strung them onto fishing line and added the shell charm and toggle clasp. 

I knotted between the stones so that they wouldn't move around very much.  They are flat on one side and rounded on the other (like the glass marbles everyone uses for the magnets).  It is actually pretty lightweight but achieves the chunky jewelry look that I was going for  Smiley

Let me know what you think of my first post!  Thanx!!!
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