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I miss my beads. So I decided to make beadwork my “car/vacation project”. I used to always use my own designs, but these days I lean toward making projects from magazines, which is what these bracelets are. The design and creation are simple, and I love how they look.

These bracelets were designed by Nancy Zellers, and were featured in an article in the June 2007 issue of Bead & Button magazine.

I made these while traveling to and vacationing in Beach Haven NJ last week. I plan on making two more bracelets – perhaps a little excessive, as I’m keeping them all for myself! But I really love these beautiful cube beads, and I’m enjoying making the bracelets. Plus we have two more car trips in August/September, and I need something to do on those long rides.

Do you have any projects you work on in the car or on vacation? I would love to hear about them!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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I mentioned in a previous post a silver necklace that I was working on. Here is the finished piece…

silver bead necklace

silver bead necklace

I really like how it turned out. The chain and wire used to make the clasp and bead dangles are sterling silver. The beads are Czech fire-polished beads, which are one of my favorite beads to work with. I love their warm sparkle. It’s a simple but elegant necklace, and the patina gives it some mystery and interest.

I would love to hear what you think. Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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Last year I started to make some Christmas ornaments, but I ended up trashing them because they started becoming sloppy looking and I was not happy with them. I had started making some fringe for the ornaments with sterling silver chain and silver Czech fire-polished beads. Instead of fringe for my ornaments, I decided they could be fringe for a necklace. So now I’m making a very simple but elegant necklace with sterling silver chain and the silver Czech beads.

It’s almost done, which according to my kind of timeframe means I should be finished in another three months. I just need to connect the pieces with jump rings and make the clasp.

sterling silver necklace

sterling silver necklace

I made the jump rings myself and I even used my jewelers saw to cut them apart. I was so excited to use the saw. And happy I could remember how to put the blade in!

Once the necklace is completed I will antique it with liver of sulfur. I don’t like shiny silver. I like dark old-looking silver.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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About a year ago my Mom bought a Miyuki beaded necklace kit – the Moon Shell Necklace – and she asked me to make it for her.

miyuki bead kit

I just started working on it a couple weeks ago. It’s pretty simple actually. And I am really enjoying working on it. So much so that I’m feeling a desire to do beadwork again. I really miss my beads! I’m thinking of doing some projects from Bead & Button magazine, just to do something. There are always projects that I like, so it would be easy to find things to make.

Beadwork has changed quite a bit since I left off with it. There is much more combining of stitches to create intricate pieces. And a lot more right-angle weave and herringbone stitch (two stitches that I never really got into!). Plus there is constant innovation. I’m amazed at the beautiful jewelry that artists are creating today.

Anyway, here is one of the (unfinished) “shells” for my Mom’s necklace:

little bitty beadwork

It’s done in peyote stitch, which is my favorite.

Have a great day!

xoDawne

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A couple weeks ago I noticed the leaves were subtly changing color. They were not quite so green, not quite so vibrant anymore. And I knew fall was on its way. Of course to me it feels like it should still be July. But October – October! – lurks around the corner. And once October hits it’s a steady slide toward the big three – Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I am simply not ready to deal with all that!

To ease into the coming onslaught of the cold weather and its accompanying festivities, I thought I would do a give-away, and offer a pretty piece of jewelry. After all, jewelry makes everything better, right? I think so.

So here is a bracelet I made. It is 7&3/8″ long including the clasp. The wire, chain, and clasp are sterling silver. The beads are Czech fire-polished glass and hematite. Each bead is attached to the chain with a wire-wrapped loop. This bracelet has a great feel and a nice weight to it.

wirework bracelet

wirework bracelet

Simply leave a comment on this post and you will be entered into the drawing. On October 15th I will randomly select a name, and that person will receive the bracelet. Good luck!

xoDawne

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modern vintage, or vintage modern?
I have a new Artbeads challenge piece to share. The challenge this time was to combine old and new, vintage and modern. I had strongly wanted to incorporate an actual vintage component into the piece, but I had to accept the fact that I just don’t have anything vintage that is easy and simple for me to incorporate into a piece of jewelry at this point in time.

After much thought, I let myself be inspired by a base-metal bead I had received from the previous Artbeads challenge. It was a TierraCast black-finish pewter bead, which was so gorgeous and I just loved it. The bead was antique-looking in design, but the black finish was very modern.

And, I remembered there were several other styles to choose from. So for this challenge I chose a butterfly, a bow, angel wings, a bird, the aforementioned bead, and another bead.

To bring some more modernity to the piece, I chose fuchsia heart- and flower-shaped Swarovski crystal pendants. The incredible sparkle adds a modern element. Plus, the deep pink color lends itself to the vintage feel, as well as using the heart and flower shapes.

And, since I love charm bracelets, I decided to combine all of these beautiful components into just that, again bringing together the old and new.

So finally, may I introduce Gertrude Goes Goth?

dear gertrude

The title is also a combination of the old and new. I love old-fashioned names. And since the bracelet is black, I thought goth was a good modern description. A young lady from the past, interpreting her favorite motifs into a modern object of beauty and charm.

dear gertrude

dear gertrude

Everything on the bracelet is from Artbeads, except the round and bicone Swarvoski crystals and the headpins, all of which were from my collection.

I hope you enjoyed this little bracelet!

xoDawne

Disclosure: I have received these products (beads, Swarovski crystals, chain, and findings) from Artbeads free of charge. I am posting an honest review of said products and have not been paid to endorse said products.

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spring
I got this darling little bird nest charm from Artbeads. I knew immediately that I wanted to make something sweet and lovely for spring – a fresh time, a time for renewal, time for the birds to come back. One of the first signs of spring is the sound of birds chirping. And they like to chirp very early in the morning, in the dark, as if a sign – it’s ok to get up, this is a beautiful day!

little birds

I also used some birdie connectors, glass beads, and freshwater pearls.

Of course I had to make a pair of earrings to go with. I decided to play with wire and do something a little different. I’m not sure how much they complement the necklace, but I think they turned out nicely.

dangles

Disclosure: I have received this product (bird nest charm) from Artbeads free of charge. I am posting an honest review of said product and have not been paid to endorse said product.

speaking of beads
I had let my Bead & Button subscription lapse for an issue or two. Then I panicked and renewed it. The other day the June 2010 issue arrived and I breathed a sigh of relief. I was so happy to see it – like an old friend. I can’t be without my B&B. I wish I still had the time or the inclination to do this sort of intensive beadwork, but when Lily was born it seems that my artwork decided to go in a new direction. And that’s cool.

b&b

I still love my beads of course, but have turned toward using them in more simplified jewelry rather than beadweaving with seed beads (oh, the good old days, when I had the luxury of spending 30 hours on a bracelet!). I’m still very fond of B&B, and I love to see what other people are doing with their seed beads. Perhaps in the future…you never know. My beads and my John James needles are at the ready! And I’ve got a dish of beadwork projects sitting on my table – repairs mostly, but I’d really like to get to them. Someday!

i can if i think i can
I’ve been watching the latest season of Ruby (I’m a bit behind!). I think she is amazing, and so inspiring. I love her honesty, and she’s funny, flirty, and determined to enjoy life no matter what. She looks wonderful, and I’m so happy that she’s lost so much weight so far. I know she’ll reach her goal.

~sweet dreams~

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