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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

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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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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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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Heart: the essential or most vital part of something. (from Merriam-Webster.com)

pretty little hearts
In honor of the day, how about some
Valentine’s Day beads and components
?

These pretty sterling silver heart charms (and one key!) are from Artbeads.

hearts

I want to make a charm bracelet with them but haven’t had time yet. These charms are so pretty with a lot of detail, and are brighter and shinier than they look in my picture (but not too bright and shiny – they are just right!).

And this also:

heart chain

This lovely and delicate heart-chain bracelet is only waiting the addition of some sparkly beads or charms. The heart links are small, so I would add only smaller-sized components. It would be perfect for a child, which is what I plan to do with it (once my daughter is a little older and can be responsible with it!).

Of course hearts are not for Valentine’s Day only – the sentiment and meaning they possess are perfect for every day. Funny how I used to dislike hearts – I thought they were mushy and only for overly sentimental people. But over the years I’ve grown fond of them, and have come to see them as representing one’s innermost feelings, as well as being a symbol of love and joy.

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

toodles~

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every bead gets used, eventually
Here is a necklace I made recently. Once again I have to apologize for the poor scans, but this was the best I could do at 10pm, tired and ready for bed.

Hint of Glint Necklace

The large bead was given to me by my son a couple years ago and I finally decided to do something with it. I love lampworked beads, but I find them challenging to work with as I never know what to do with them.

When I do use them, I like to keep the piece simple so that the focus is on the beads. I remembered I had the other smaller glass beads that have a pattern very similar to the focal bead, and then I thought a simple tiered necklace would be pretty.

Hint of Glint Necklace

I used sterling silver chain to string the beads and a lobster claw clasp to hold it all together and voila! – simple, elegant, with a hint of glint.

magazines neverending
I do love my magazines. Not only did I receive my order of magazines from Stampington but I also picked up the new issue of Somerset Studio.

Somerset Studio, May-June 2009

Lovely, as always.

I came up with an idea for the aubergine theme, which is due August 15th. I was inspired by sealing wax! (hey, I’ll take inspiration from wherever it comes!) And I see in the new issue that Alice in Wonderland is an upcoming theme, due on October 15th. I’d definitely like to make something for that. I have an idea, or rather a vague notion of an idea, so I’ll let it percolate a bit longer.

And I sent my Halloween party favor sack article to Somerset Holidays. I can’t wait to see it, and I hope readers like it.

earth, devoid of humans
I’ve been watching a neat show called Life Without People on The History Channel. It’s about what would happen to the remnants of civilization if every person on the planet suddenly disappeared – how Nature, freed from man, would once again reign, and animals and plants would claim the empty cities as home. It examines how manmade structures would deteriorate, what would happen to domesticated animals, how living things might evolve. It’s really interesting, and there’s something about seeing the cities – decaying, overgrown, desolate – that I find fascinating.

small moments
Black trees against a midnight blue sky, very early in the morning. Listening to Madame Butterfly. The warmth of the sun.

~loving that lady in blue~

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