At Second Glance, Not Such A Reject…

I have a jar in my lampwork studio that I toss beads that I deem “rejects”.  Well, the last time I sat at my torch, I glanced over and saw a bead I made some time ago.  I picked it up, and on second glance, and with a different perspective, it didn’t seem so bad anymore:

I admire Lydia Muell of Ashton Jewels.  So much so that I purchased several of her tutorials.  I experimented, and this bead was one of the results.  I think back then, I was trying too much to duplicate her beads.  Thus, I deemed this bead subpar, which was unfair.  It is wonderful that these artists are willing to share their knowledge and skills.  What I ultimately got out of the tutorial was to learn new/different techniques, and in turn apply them to my own style of bead making.  I think I will keep this bead after all :-).

Pendant From Found Objects

I recently saw some jewelry made out of bottle caps.  Since I had some bottle caps I had saved, I decided to make a pendant:

I pounded one bottle cap flat and drilled holes.  The other, I took pliers and smashed inward.  Then I rummaged through my vintage stash, and found a perfect old pearl clip earring.  I also added a vintage costume pearl drop with sterling components, hung it on a tan leather cord, and “voila” – a pretty pendant! It almost has a steampunk feel to it :-).

Sliver Clay Pendant & Earrings

It’s been a while since I made anything with silver clay.  So, here are some earrings. I used a mold I made from vintage glass buttons, pressed the clay, fired, polished, and combined it with bali sterling beads and champagne freshwater pearl drops:

And here is a pendant I made.  It is decorated with a “Maneki-neko”, beckoning cat.  In Japan, Maneki-nekos are a symbol that beckons or welcomes  good luck and fortune:They can both be found in my Etsy Shop.

Lampwork Dangle Earrings

The weather has suddenly decided to turn hot after the first official day of summer.  Since my lampwork studio is in my garage, I will have to work in the evenings or take a break.

I made these earrings some time ago.  They are wirework incorporated with my lampwork beads.  Here are rubino oro glass beads made into chandelier earrings with copper, sterling silver and swarovski crystals:

And here are dangle earrings made of cosmic style beads, copper, sterling silver, and swarovski crystals:

You can find them both in my Etsy Shop.

Summer Earrings

Here are some cute summer earrings.  I love making encased beads with rosette decorations:

And some refreshingly turquoise blue:

They can be found in my Etsy Shop :-).

Show And Tell: Chain Maille Bracelets

I took a couple of chain maille classes at the YVGMS this past year. It is always nice to try different methods of jewelry making:

We started off with sterling wire, made jump rings, and went from there.  I can’t recall what the first one was called, but the second one is the Zyzzx box chain.  You can achieve different looks depending on what kind of clasps you choose.

Square Polka Dot Lampwork Beads Bracelet & Earrings

I am still in the mood for pink and green.  This time, I made hand pressed encased beads with polka dots.  I added my pink rosette rounds to make a fun dangle bracelet and matching earrings:

The earrings and bracelet can both be found in my Etsy Shop.

“Wild Girl” Bracelet

Another style of bead that I like to make are the animal print beads.  Here is a bracelet made with a twist of pink for the “Wild Girl” in you:

I made the usual animal print core, encased it in clear and finished off with one of my favorite glass – rubino oro.  The bracelet also has vintage jet glass buttons as well as Thai sterling silver flowers, Czech pressed glass, fresh water pearls, and swarovski crystals.  You can find it in my Etsy Shop.

Lampwork Bracelet In My Favorite Color Combination

I love the combination of pink and green:

This bracelet is made up of my handmade lampwork rosette beads, vintage pressed glass flower beads,  swarovski crystals, more pressed glass beads, fresh water pearls, seed beads, and finished off with Bali sterling components.  Great accessory for the spring and into the summer :-).  You can find it in my Etsy Shop.

Lampwork Bangles

I have been so obsessed with digital arts and graphics, that I need to make an effort to tear myself away from my computer these days.  I thought it was time for some lampwork jewelry.  Here are a couple of “refreshingly summer” bangles:

The above is an encased white bead with outer swirls and dots design, and below is one of my favorite beads I make, an encased floral:

They can both be found in my Etsy Shop.

Vessel Pendants

I have been neglecting my jewelry making lately in lieu of digital graphics (my current passion/obsession).  These vessels have been on my bead table for the last few weeks, wating to be made into pendants.  And I finally finished them:

These vessel pendants can be found in my Etsy Shop.  They even come with their own sterling silver funnels :-).

Princess Bride Roses

I am not a Royal Watcher, but with all the media coverage of the upcoming nuptials, it put me in the mood for making roses:

These are hand torched/sculpted white roses, temporarily strung on a satin green ribbon. Perfect for making jewelry for that special “Princesss” Bride.  You can find it in my Etsy shop.