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I was inspired to make these anklets when I saw my sister-in-law wearing anklets at their fourth of July party. When I saw hers I thought, I need some anklets. I haven’t worn them in years. So it was about time, right?

I used sterling silver chain and findings to make these. The blue stone charm was made by an artist on Etsy; unfortunately I don’t know who because I decided not to keep the business card that came with it. The cross charm is sterling silver and I got it from Artbeads. I made the pearl charm with a freshwater pearl and sterling silver wire. Once I had the anklets assembled I let them bathe in a liver of sulfur solution until they were nice and dark.

anklets

anklets

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Dawne

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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!

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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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I have a sandwich bag filled with projects I’ve made that either need repairs or need a complete reworking. Most of them need a reworking. They’ve been sitting around for a long time, some of them, waiting for their day to come. I made this necklace not too long ago…

sweet little bird bracelet

…but it ended up in my “redo” baggie. It just wasn’t something that I would really wear. So I decided to make it into a bracelet instead.

little birds bracelet

I like this much better. I added a few more links with the blue beads so I could have three strands. I think it turned out nice!

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Dawne

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I mailed my bows – yay! I feel good about them. I hope the editors do too!

However I received my encouragement cards in the mail yesterday – they were declined. I was disappointed. I thought they were really good. oh well.

I’ve had a tray of half-finished jewelry projects sitting on my work table for a while. And by a while I mean at least a year. I was tired of looking at it. All those projects mocking me! So I went through them last Saturday and decided what I really wanted to finish. I decided to rework a couple projects because I don’t feel inspired by them anymore. But now I have a reduced pile of projects, and they are projects that I am excited to work on.

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Dawne

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Continuing with the tradition I started on my 40th birthday, I bought myself a birthday gift. Jewelry, of course. And continuing with tradition I chose to support an artist on Etsy. When I saw this beautiful necklace by Danita, featuring her drawing of Marie Antoinette, I knew I had to have it. I am very familiar with Danita’s work, since she is a regular in the Stampington magazines I obsess over. Her lovely figures are simple, yet alluring and mysterious. And the eyes! Amazing.

I just adore my new necklace!

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Dawne

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I am still painstakingly slowly moving along with my soldered pendants. Well, they will be pendants eventually, anyway. One of them I started last year! oh well. Such is the snail’s pace that my arts and crafts move at. (Don’t even ask me about my calendar journal – it’s still trapped in May).

Anyway, here they are.

This is the first one I soldered. I was in despair as first because my soldering was awful! I haven’t done it in a while and I certainly wouldn’t say I had achieved any level of competence.

But I kept working on it and it turned out ok. I was not originally going to make this one into a pendant, because I ended up not being happy with the collage. Then I decided it would be a good practice piece. I trimmed the collage to get rid of the part I didn’t like, which is why it doesn’t really fit the glass pieces. However, I love the back, so the back is going to now be the front.

This is the original front, which will now be the back.
drawn to the sea

And here is the back, which is now the front. Got all that?
drawn to the sea

This is the one I started last year.
known luminosity

I’m a big Marilyn Monroe fan.
emptied of beauties

This is from a verse in the Bible.
prisoner of hope

I still need attach the jump rings and then file and clean them. I’m happy with how they are coming along, and I think I did well with the soldering considering my (small) level of experience. Soldering is hard! I can see it will take some (a lot!) of practice.

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Dawne

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