As you may know, I am a contributor on the Earrings Everyday blog. Erin Prais-Hintz came up with the fabulous idea of having a monthly inspiration challenge. You are invited to play along! Just follow the Earrings Everyday blog where on the 1st Friday of every month she will share an inspiration. That inspiration could be a photo, a poem, a movie, a person, etc. On the 3rd Friday of the month, there will be a blog hop where you can link your blog url to the post. It should be a lot of fun so I hope you play along.
I've been making these sideways cross bracelets for a few months now using copper and brass sheets and I would love to make a silver one but I'm not going to shell out $300 for a 6X6 sheet of sterling silver right now so...what's a girl to do? Well, my mom purchased a sterling silver cross bracelet for herself (on QVC) around Christmas and I kept telling her that I would love to get my hands on it and hammer it and then patina it, etc. Well, she surprised me with one of my own the other day!
And then here it is after I decided to redo it to make it my own...
I hammered it and then dipped it in liver of sulphur, took some steel wool to it, added another sterling chain that I had patina-ted and then changed the clasp to a toggle clasp (MUCH easier to fasten yourself). I am really pleased with the way it turned out. I often shop for jewelry to redo or up-cycle to fit my style. It can be a lot of fun!
I was elated to find out that my necklace had made the cover of the January issue of Bead Trends magazine. I was inspired by looking through a Sundance catalog (always THE most inspiring catalog to look through!) so I sat down and made this necklace...
And here it is on the cover...
I "kind of" made the cover of another magazine back in 2010. It was the summer issue of Stringing and what made that really cool was that it was my husband's beads (Bubby & McGurk Beads) on that piece. Here it is highlighted in red...
And here is the actual piece...
Fingers crossed on making some more covers in the future....
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So...I don't know what it is with me lately (maybe turning the BIG 4-0?!?) but I have been wanting to change my "style" a bit (like I even have a style really...ha) but there has ALWAYS been a part of me, ever since I was a little girl begging my dad to play Rhiannon over and over in the car, that would like to dress a little "Stevie Nicks-ish", a little boho gypsy perhaps? The jewelry that I have been making lately is reflecting that and unfortunately I want to keep it all for me..but that won't work..must sell jewelry to buy more beads and supplies, right?!?
The bracelet above started out with the intention of selling it, but I had a copper hand stamped piece on it and then I just knew I had to get out my metal stamps and make this one "mine". So the words "Gypsy Soul" came to mind. I just love it, it's so me!
I also made this necklace...I was inspired by something that one of the Junk Gypsies was wearing on an episode. I have been trying to find it online but to no avail. Btw, LOVE that show...so inspiring!
And I also made these earrings...now, I won't be wearing all 3 together (I guess I am not THAT gypsy) but earrings with the bracelet or necklace with the bracelet...that would work!
This bead show had great timing...my birthday! It's not actually until the 17th but I had birthday $ to spend and so off I went! My husband went too, he is a lampwork artist and enjoys talking to all the lampworkers that have booths there.
Okay, onto the important stuff...what I bought!
I was so excited when I saw the strands of Roman Glass, I had to buy one...after much consideration, I finally chose the strand for me. Those green beads are yellow turquoise, I just love them! The orange agate pendant is a bit different for me but when I saw it I just had to have it and I'm always a sucker for Chalcedony and Sari silk!
I bought these 4 pieces for myself...well I was spending birthday money so why not?
The top two are from Fire Goddess. Susan is a real sweetheart, and so is her husband.
Chain from AD Adornments, I always spend most of my money at this booth.
And a few more pieces from AD Adornments and a few other vendors.
I fell in love with these Amber beads (2nd and 3rd strands from the bottom) and the top 2 strands have a really cool texture. They are called Rudraksha.
I'm excited to try out the Vintaj patinas! Maybe that will be my next blog post...
Last week I was inspired to do something a little different for me and I have my friend Susan to thank for that! She loved my husband's mushroom beads and wanted a necklace made using 3 of them. Here's a pic of some of the beads, check out his Facebook page if you are interested in purchasing a few for yourself.
She wanted something similar to a necklace she had seen in the Sundance catalog (love that catalog but VERY pricey pieces), here's a pic and a link to the necklace. The necklace shown is on a very short mannequin (it's actually 23" in length but appears much longer).
I played around with adding more beads but since the mushroom beads were small, the ones she chose were .5" they seemed lost with other beads. So, here is what I decided on and the good news? She LOVES it!