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29th-Mar-2009 05:40 pm - Impression
Pile of beads

I'm very proud of this one.  Everything about it came together exactly as I wanted it too, and it looks just wonderful to boot.  Dark greens and silvers are stunning together, so I think this piece can be worn by most people.  It's unusual in my collection in that it is a front clasp design; I think the clasp was really mean to be used on a bracelet, but it's perfect on a necklace as well.  It looks an awful lot like a dogwood flower, doesn't it?  The leaves are glass, blue reflective on one side and green glass on the other.  They're set up in such a way that the necklace is reversible.  On the necklace, there are two leaves around these wonderful malachite ovals.  The way it hangs is slightly asymmetrical, but it looks "natural" rather than mechanical.  

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As an added bonus, this piece will shortly be featured on a craft blog.  I'll link to it as soon as its there!

16th-Mar-2009 07:54 pm - Reverberate
Pile of beads
I keep intending to update this, really I do. Honestly, school and work get in the way of my maintaining all the different sites. Trust me though, I haven't stopped beading. In fact, I'm soon going to be taking part in a real business venture... Plus Modes, a plus-sized boutique, will be opening in Old Town in July, and my jewelry will be on sale there. Until that time, and even during, I will still keep up the etsy and this darn livejournal.

Onward to the real posting then!

I can't believe I haven't posted this piece before! Isn't it lovely? And long too, very hippy length. Those great oval/rectangle beads are enameled metal; I hope you can see the detail on them. The gold seed beads are indeed gold plated, which explains the slightly higher cost of this necklace. The style is a sort of variation on the triple-strand style, giving it a very Egyptian feel; silly, sure, because the enameled beads are Asian in design. Gotta tell you, I'll be sad when this one sells, as it's just gorgeous.... looking at it makes me happy.
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14th-Dec-2008 08:59 pm - Petal
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A somewhat newer piece, I wanted to make something light and delicate, both in colour and form.  I had these wonderful pink/purple opalescent glass drops, and those ever so odd blue/pink beads.  They went together very well, I think.

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15th-Nov-2008 10:39 am - Valiant
Pile of beads

Shades of purple, once again!  These little purple ceramic hearts are just nifty; I only have four left, which I'm saving for some wedding jewelry I'll be called on to do near September.  (She wants me to do her jewelry, as well as the jewelry of all the bridesmaids.  I'm excited!)  This piece is sort of a study in purple... so many shades!  I love that there are so many shades, and they all look just wonderful together.  The design is unusual; it reminds me a bid of window frames and stained glass.

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6th-Nov-2008 05:07 pm - Poppy
Pile of beads

This one is just classy as all get out.  I love it!  The pendant is enameled wood with a poppy, and the circular dangles are bone.  Also, gold plated seed beads.  Man, this baby just catches the light like you wouldn't believe.  Elegant and simple, and very east meets west.  This is really one I believe will sell, someday.

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24th-Oct-2008 02:47 pm - Variations
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Gosh, isn't it pretty?  I love that colour green... a great dusty green that's very vibrant.  This necklace is a super long one, about 48 inches.  It doesn't have a clasp, but is one long circle.  You can twist it around your neck a couple times, twist it around your wrist a bunch...   It has many options, many variations.  Long takes a very long time to make, but is totally worth it when it comes down to presentation.  I got the idea from one of my friends, who also makes jewelry, and made myself one in this style first.  I can't tell you how much I love it; it's become one of my favorite pieces.  I hope that this someday becomes someone's favorite piece.

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23rd-Oct-2008 11:07 am - Fand
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From the wiki: Fand is an early Irish sea goddess, later described as a "Queen of the Faeries". Her name is variously translated as "Pearl of Beauty" or "A Tear". She is seen as the most beautiful of goddesses, associated with the Other World islands of pleasure, youth and women.

I really LOVE this necklace.  The pendant is sterling silver, long, and beautiful.  I got it on one of my Talisman shopping binges, and I took a long time to figure out what exactly I should make around it.  This piece was obviously pendant driven/inspired.  The glass leaves were an obvious choice, and the actual colour choices followed easily from that.  It was the style that I fought with for the longest time.  At first, I was going to do a spike design, but after the first strand I realized that wouldn't work with the smooth lines of the pendant.  If I tried to make the beadwork too intricate, it would make the whole piece overbearing, and I didn't want that.  So I stuck with the multi-strand, switching the leaf sides.  The only adjustment is the two dangles around the pendant; vine-like.  The glass of the leaves against the silver of the pendant actually makes a very nice sound.
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16th-Oct-2008 12:45 pm - Virtuoso
Pile of beads

You know what I realized?  I make very, very few purple necklaces for sale; I'm not the only one in love with the colour, so I really ought to make purple necklaces for OTHER people.  That's what this is.  Something pretty an purple.. ta-da.  The gradated loop classification doesn't really work, because there is only one set of loops.  I set it up in such a way that the amethyst chunks pull down the loops; the whole necklace kinda points down.  I love the set of dangles at the bottom - it makes NOISE. 

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14th-Oct-2008 08:55 am - Antoinette
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This necklace really turned out much better than I'd expected it to.  It's a tighter version of the woven design that I'm so fond of, and it made the necklace actually curl in a very flattering way.  I used these range pink bead that I found while thrifting, and the gold plated seed beads.  Man those things shine.  I'd been wanting to do something with only the seed beads; no bugles or pendants.  THIS I need to make more of.  It's very simple, but also intricate. 

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11th-Oct-2008 06:09 pm - Trade
Pile of beads
I traded the necklace Goldenrod (Link to post here) with etsy user ashleighmichelle for an original ink drawing.  This is it:

I am pleased.  This isn't a print, by the way, but is the original.
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