bijoux! Which is to say, “new jewelry!” I took the opportunity on my days off to make some new necklaces and earrings! (And a secret project, but you don’t get to see that. Sorry!) I also went through my recent work and entered in the names, materials, and prices in my jewelry spreadsheet. The sun yesterday gave me an excellent opportunity to take pictures, as there was enough ambient light to allow me to shoot away from direct sunlight SO:
You might recognize these: I made the Hesperides earrings a while back and wanted a necklace to match, so—of course—I made one (agate, glass, crystal, carnelian, gold tone wire, clasp)! I’m not entirely happy with the chain, as it is a yellower gold than the rest of the necklace. I may switch that out at some point. Tasselicious 2 is a remake of an older necklace from 2010 that previously was on a chain. I got bored of that variation and decided to bling it up: hence the bright scarlet and blue (silk tassels, lapis lazuli rounds, Swarovski crystal, glass, stone, gold tone accents, bead caps, spacers, chain, wire, crimps, and clasp, nylon-coated wire). The chains connecting the strung elements to the clasp are actually three separate chains (two small, on larger), and the gold circles are small hammered elements in an attempt to match the hammered gold disc, which is salvaged from a cord bracelet given to me in high school by our French summerstay
The green beads in River Rocks are from… I can’t actually remember, but they’re old! The turquoise and green stone are from a beading kit that actually belonged to my older sister (hi, Jennguin!) that I either was given or accumulated, and the blue pearls I bought. I’ve been trying to think of a way to use up the antiqued silver rondelles and am pleased with the effect You can’t see it, but the clasp is a nice decorated one, very geometric, with triangles and little silver balls. It’s one of my favorite types.
Pearldrop is named for the villain in “Briar’s Book” by Tamora Pierce (Elisa Pearldrop, to be precise). Go read it (but read the others before you do: “Sandry’s Book”, “Tris’s Book”, and “Daja’s Book”), as all are excellent! I’ve had the faceted pearls for a while, as well as the transparent green stones, but I don’t know what they are. Clearly I should label my stock! Also spring green Swarovski crystals, glass, and cool silver discs! I decided to do more wire crochet and ended up with Rivulet (pearls, glass crystals, artificial turquoise). Took me a while, too, although I got quicker as it progressed.
I’d had these pink pearls for a while and recently acquired the pink wire, and, since they matched so well, I decided to try a technique I’ve been itching to (the twisted branches). This was originally one large piece that was going to be a bracelet or part of a necklace, but that seemed foolhardy with such a fragile piece (easily flexed and broken), so I split it into 2 parts for earrings. You can bend the arms to be curly or straight Very peculiar, I’ll grant you!
Violet Circlet is named that because I couldn’t think of a better name… I love the long glass bugle beads and the deep purple faceted glass rondelles, also the glass pearls and the small purple crystals. If I’d been thinking ahead, I would have made the necklace have a bead series in the center instead of a bugle bead, but oh, well. I’m not re-stringing it!
I’ve had the central shell circle for several years (that seems to be a theme…), but the glass pearls and gold bead caps and accents are new, as are the mother-of-pearl and agate beads. The toggle clasp is a leftover from another project (the Alexa Bracelets from last July or thenabouts). The name comes from an… ahem, *bawdy* rhyme. Also mentioned is a silver marlinspike, although I don’t actually know what that is. Each is a painfully obvious metaphor for what seems to be the archetypal subtext of humanity.