Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Vintage Filligree Button Bracelet

     This is another eaxample of how to use Lisa Kan's beautiful quadrifoil element in a design. This  filligree button is very muted and so the design needed to be subtle but be able to highlight this gorgeous button.

     It is very similar to the design in my header except that button has a copper finish. This filligree button has a definite antique brass patina so the colors I chose were more subtle. Swarovski crystals in burgundy and Czech Fire Polish beads in cream make a nice contrast to the matte finish seed beads and pearls.
     The button's shank extends farther out than the button itself, so I made a circular peyote ring on the back side of the button to elevate the it and protect the shank. This is one way to protect the integrity of an antique button but still us it in a jewelry design.
     Blessings and happy beading!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Super Duo Fun

     Winter is here! I was reminded of the humungous snowflakes that I saw growing up in Montana while making this design.
     I loved the color of these Superduos the minute I saw them at BeadStreet Bead Store. Eileen Barker carries the most extensive selection of colors I've seen.

     I used a Swarovski Rivoli in Golden Shadow, Super Duos, peanut beads, cylinder and seed beads for this focal, I'm still playing with color ideas, but like the combinations so far. I'm not sure yet what to do with it. A pendant or bracelet...maybe? Maybe a pin to adorn a cute winter hat. What do you think?
     Blessings and happy beading!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wedding Cuff...Christmas Cuff...or Anything In Between

      I've had some beautiful lemon-green, pearlized beads for awhile but, had no idea what to do with them.  That was until a friend of mine said she was engaged to be married. 
     As I looked at those beads, my mind was transported to wedding nirvana. Although I've been marrried 21 years, it's fun to visit that place every now and again! I am a girl surrounded by two teenage sons, a husband, and a dog. Need I say more? 
     This cuff is the result of my mental wedding musings. It was inspired by lace, tiered wedding cakes (food always inspires me), and the freshness of early spring. All of that may sound "hokey" but it's what I was thinking.

     This cuff was also inspired by a design by Lisa Kan. Her quadrifoil element in the center of the cuff is so versatile. I've used variations of it in other designs.

     Button pearls, Czech Firepolish beads, and Swarovski Crystals add a bit of vintage appeal and sparkle. The color scheme keeps it modern. The magnetic clasps makes this cuff easy to put on and take off making it one of my favs to wear. I've even worn with my bath robe.
     Blessings and happy beading!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Art Deco Style Bracelet

     Another unique button to play with! This button has very subtle color changes and seemed to need a setting that was subdued but also strucutral. The teardrop shapes in the band bring out the pattern in the button.

     I used hematite and bronze colored delicas for the teardrop shapes. Size 15 seed beads were also used.

The button is surrounded by hematite colored delicas and Cosmos Blue 15/o seed beads done in Peyoe stitch. I tried to keep the bead work as minimal as possible so the button can be seen.

Finally, it's been finished off with 4mm Swarovski bicones in dark Sapphire.
     Problems with brain fog persist, but Thanksgiving is coming! I'm thinking my lack of creativity is due to a pie deficiency. Hopefully, this condition will be abated a little next week! Blessings and happy beading!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wire Lace Earrings...Again

     It's been awhile since I've posted anything. To be honest, a huge brain fog has hit me recently. I suppose this happens to all who enjoy designing new jewelry. So instead of trying to take my brain where it is unwilling to go, I've decided to just relax and tweek some old designs.

     These wire lace earrings are very similar to an earlier design. I just decided to add a bit more flourish. They'll be nice to wear for the holidays! Blessings and happy beading!
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