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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!



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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.

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new treasures
I have delightful treats from Artbeads to share. The theme this time was autumn-inspired beads and/or components. I decided to stick with a current favorite – antiqued-brass components. I selected some pretty chain and a beautiful leaf pendant. And for the perfect and necessary touch of sparkle, my perennial favorite, Czech fire-polished beads. I think if I could only ever have one kind of bead for the rest of my life, it would be the Czech fire-polished. These glass beads possess a unique warmth and that perfect sparkle. And they have an antique-ness about them, like they were found in the bottom of a drawer in a dresser that belonged to one’s great-grandmother.

Anyway, here are my new treasures.

leaves are falling

The leaf pendant is gorgeous, and very detailed. Minus the loops it’s about 1 and 1/8 inches long, and just over an inch wide. I think this would look great with a bit of chain hanging from the bottom loop, embellished with beads.

From the left the beads are 4mm purple metallic iris (one of my favorite colors), 4mm bronze, and 3mm dark bronze. I just adore metallic colored beads!

(The words are from a Joni Mitchell song, Got the Urge for Going, if I am remembering correctly!)


And here we have a variety of gorgeous chain. The top chain is really cool – it’s called a box rollo chain. It’s small enough to still be delicate, yet is sturdy and has a nice weight to it. I also particularly like the bottom chain – it’s the 5+1 round and twisted rectangle link chain (that’s quite a name!). I think it’s so pretty, and it can stand on it’s own or you could embellish it.

And of course the other two chains are quite lovely as well.

The beads are 6mm crystal marea, and this picture really doesn’t do them justice. They are clear with a silvery coating on one side that contains flashes of color. They are quite eye-catching!

I do have ideas for these items, and I am hopeful that over the next couple weeks I will actually have some time to bring those ideas into reality!

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

way to go, mr. microphone
The past few weeks I have been listening to Under the Pink, by Tori Amos. This is one of my favorite Tori albums – I think the music is some of her most beautiful – the piano is exquisite and delicate, and the strings are so gorgeous.

under the pink

I decided to rearrange it though – I took off a few songs and added a few b-sides. So my lineup is:

Pretty Good Year
Cornflake Girl
Bells for Her
Past the Mission
Baker Baker
Sister Janet
Wrong Band
Daisy Dead Petals
Cloud on my Tongue
Space Dog
Yes, Anastasia

I’m enjoying it very much. I hadn’t listened to it in ages, as I usually listen to live stuff or her more recent albums. I love her voice too on this album – kind of wavery and on the edge. Also all the little noises – pedals or cabinets or something. They give the album an organic feel. I never took much notice of them before, but I really like them. And I even heard something I never heard before – if you listen to Yes, Anastasia carefully, with the volume rather up, at the very end you can hear her kind of sigh, and there’s a sound, like a pedal, and then that’s the end of the album. Very cool.

I’m not obsessed. I swear! I just notice things.


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