Monday, May 22, 2017

Jewelry Making May 22

I need to get back to making more pieces more often.  I am finding a lot of beads, gemstones and findings more often than I have time to do something with them.


The red and gold glass beads looked fun and can go with the Harry Potter themed jewelry I have been working on. 


I used sterling silver findings, chipped rose quartz beads and dyed blue agate for the pair below.


The dyed coral spacer wasn't as bright red as the spot of the red and turquoise glass bead, but it worked.  The dyed blue green agate sits as the larger bottom bead.


I added square hematite spaces with the glass beads and used all sterling silver for the findings. 


This is a pretty onyx pendant with a silvertone finish.  Not sure if I am going to attach it to a chain or to cloth.

There is a slight color difference with these amethyst pendants or points.  They are heavy and would need a strong leather cord.


I paired the lighter point with a softer satin cord, but it can be later switched out with a thicker leather cord. 


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Jewelry creations in 15 mins


  I needed a creative break at work.  I am working on some samples and demos for my upcoming Jewelry Workshop at work.  I don't have time to work with the smaller beads that would and should require a needle and thread, so I will settle for earrings. 

I stopped by Joann's this morning on the way to work to pick up some summer decorations (and a lot of stuff is 70% off right now) and discovered that they are also having sales that are 40% - 50% off jewelry findings and gemstones.


Jewelry Basics does not put the type of stones they package on the label, so people have to figure out what the stone is on their own.   If I am not mistaken, and I apologize if I am, from left to right for the gemstone pendants there is Lapis Lazuli, Amazonite and Tiger Eye. The smaller charms are just reflective cute beads that I made earrings with below. 

This is what I did with the Lapis Lazuli pendant point!  This is a gorgeous stone that goes with almost anything. 

Most of the stuff I make is easy to make and anyone can do it.  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

There is more!!!! Gryffindor inspired accessories

This is one of the few attempts at a drawstring handbag using Red Heart's Team colored yarn and I chose USC colors.  However, in my world and with many other fellow Harry Potter fans, Gryffindor colors, Red and Gold.  I bought a few Gryffindor crest patches to help me out with choosing the right shades of yarn.  The self-striping colored Red Heart yarn worked and they also had separate Gold as well as Garnet skeins of yarn. 

I didn't want to follow a pattern because I wanted to see where this experiment would take me and below is the result.  

I didn't make the strap too long and I used two skeins of the self-striping yarn. I plan on making another bag and I will use the different colored skeins to make the stripes more uniform and even. The patches were hot glued on to the bag on one side.  

Below are earrings in Citrine and Garnet with sterling silver findings.  It's still in the Gryffindor spirit!

This pair is with gold and burgundy glass beads.

The bracelets were strung with Gold and Red dyed Agate nuggets. 

I made another crochet bad using red heart yarn!