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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!

Thanks for stopping by!

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!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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I decided to take a few of my Polyshrink fragments and make some necklaces. Just simple designs – I don’t like to make the pieces too complicated or fancy because the fragments are so small and delicate. I want them to be the focus.

I’m creating a necklace set for each fragment. One necklace will feature the fragment and the other will be complimentary, with just beads.

Here is the one I’ve finished so far….

fragment

And on me…

fragment necklace

I might keep this one for myself! But I’m working on others for my currently non-existent Etsy shop. I wish I could think of a good name for my shop…I’m not so good at coming up with clever names for things. oh well!

Have a lovely day!

xoDawne

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My mom gave me this locket I don’t know how many years ago. Originally it was on a chain. At some point (10 years ago or so) I made a new chain for it with amethyst chips, round purple glass beads, and sterling silver wire. I liked it at the time, but hadn’t worn it in years.

So a few weeks ago I decided the chain needed reworking – I wanted something more elegant and beautiful. I searched through my bead stash and found some faceted amethyst beads and round Swarovski crystals.

When I had the chain completed I dipped it into a liver of sulfur solution to darken it. What a difference that made! Before I dipped it I thought it was pretty, but once it was darkened it was gorgeous! I love it. I think sterling silver is so much prettier when it’s not so bright and shiny.

I just love my “new” necklace…

amethyst necklace

amethyst necklace

Has anyone else reworked a piece of jewelry? It’s so much fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

xoDawne

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I’ve been frustrated lately. I feel like I’ve accomplished little so far this year. I did finally finish my March page in my calendar journal at least (two days ago!). And I got my Mom’s necklace done.

Sometimes I just feel like giving up my arts and crafts. But I know I would be miserable. So I will just have to keep going, little by little.

Here is my March page…I think it turned out really pretty.

march calendar page

march calendar page

march calendar page

march calendar page

march calendar page

march calendar page

I have an idea for a digital art project, and I’ve been slowly going through my collection of vintage photographs of women, looking for suitable photos to use. This will definitely be a long-term project; I don’t expect to be done until next year!

I’ve also been gathering supplies to make some Christmas ornaments that I am planning to submit to Somerset Studio. I’ve been wanting to make something for the Christmas issue for a couple years now, and I’ve decided to actually do it this time. Unfortunately our printer is broken, and I can’t do much more until we get a new one. Which hopefully will be reasonably soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

xoDawne

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The last two weeks have been my busy time at work. I’ve had no extra time for anything, other than eating, sleeping, and an occasional load of laundry. Thank goodness that is over now, and I can get back to my regularly scheduled life.

I finally finished the necklace I was making for my Mom (weeks ago. I’m just now having time to post about it!). She had purchased this Miyuki bead kit and asked me to make it for her. It was probably about a year ago that she gave me the kit, and I think I started the necklace sometime in the summer. As per my normal course of action, it has taken a ridiculous amount of time to finish. Not that it took long to actually make the necklace, but finding the time to make it, took a long time! If that makes sense.

Anyway, here it is…

beaded necklace

beaded necklace

I think it turned out so pretty! I really love it. When my Mom gave me the kit, I thought, oh that’s cute. But now that I can see the finished piece…I am surprised how much I like it. I might have to make one for myself! I’ll have to see what color Delicas I have.

I have to say however, that I very much dislike using beading wire and crimps. I strung this necklace four times (four times!!) before I could finally get the crimps right with no extra space. Ugh! I find it very difficult to get the beading wire pulled tightly enough when I do the second crimp. But thankfully the fourth try turned out very well.

Thanks for stopping by!

xoDawne

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