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halloween night

These words were the ones I was originally going to use on inchie #9. I already had them cut out and ready, so I thought I might as well use them for #10 instead. I searched for a background paper suitably “midnight sky-like” and I found this one, which was not part of my pre-selected Halloween inchie supplies. This paper was left over from a previous project. But I thought it fit. And since it already had Glimmer Mist on it, I thought, why not go crazy and add more? I went rather overboard with the Glimmer Mist, although it’s hard to tell in this scan. Let’s just say it’s a very glimmery Halloween.

I also use the antique linen and walnut Distress Inks, and glued tiny Swarovski crystals along the sides.

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halloween inchie

I spritzed the inchie blank with Glimmer Mist in pearl. I cut out a piece of decorative paper and inked the edges with walnut Distress Ink. I spritzed it with Glimmer Mist in olive vine and I think some pearl is on there too (I’ve already forgotten!). A Swarovski crystal is glued in the corner.

I was going to add some words, but I thought the decorative paper was so pretty that I didn’t want to cover it up. I’m not sure this is particularly reminiscent of Halloween – it could be some kind of weird mutant plant life, I supposed!

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I cut out a piece of decorative paper and inked the edges with black ink. I cut out the picture of the woman (from an Artchix collage sheet) and inked those edges as well. I glued the paper and picture onto the inchie blank. I cut out the word, inked the edges with Distress Ink (walnut) and glued that on too. Finally, I added a Swarovski crystal.

I feel like it needs a little something else, but I’m not sure what. Again I’m not totally happy with the placement of the word. It took a while for inspiration to come with inchie #4!

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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!


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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new sparkly bits.
I have new treasures to share from Artbeads. The theme this time was “winter”. After thinking for a bit I decided to design some jewelry inspired by the simplicity, austerity, and colors of winter.

First, here are some of the beads I used – sparkly Czech fire-polished beads and gleaming pearls.

These are 4mm crystal and white porphyr Czech fire-polished beads.
beautiful beads

These are 4mm jet twilight Czech fire-polished beads. I just love that name – jet twilight. How could I resist a bead with a name like that? And they are so gorgeous! Black with a metallic bronze finish that has flashes of purple and blue. yummy!

And here are the pearls – white, rice-shaped, freshwater. They’re so lovely – pearls add an instant touch of elegance and classic style.

To these wonderful beads I simply added a focal bead, strung them all on thread, added a clasp – and voila! Practically instant, perfectly pretty necklaces. I wanted to make choker-style necklaces, so these are all about 13″ long from end to end.

Here are the crystal & white beads, with a Tierra Cast black-finish pewter bead. I love this black-finish bead – it is so gorgeous! Definitely will be getting more of those.
bead necklace

Here are the yummy jet twilight beads, with a Bali sterling silver bead.
jet twilight necklace

And here are those luscious pearls, with a stunning (although my photo certainly does not do it justice!) Swarovski dark indigo ab facetted bead.
pearl necklace

As far as the findings go, the jump rings and bead tips are also from Artbeads. The lobster claw clasps are from my own collection. I really love that fact that from Artbeads you can order however many of a certain item you want – instead of having to buy a pack of 50 jumprings, I can buy the quantity I actually need (plus a few more, just in case! Once a jump ring falls down into the sofa it’s usually gone forever!). Definitely more cost-effective.

I hope you have enjoyed these little necklaces.


Disclosure: I have received the above products (all of the beads, jump rings, and bead tips) 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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sparkle sparkle and more sparkle
I received my latest batch of goodies from Artbeads – this time we were given the opportunity to choose from Artbeads’ wide selection of Swarovski crystal beads and components!

When I first started beading I would never use Swarovski crystal beads – they seemed too hard and cold to me.

Then I came across a beautiful bracelet in one of my bead magazines that was made entirely from Swarovski crystal beads. I thought I would give it a try, and that’s all it took. The incredible sparkle of the beads dazzled my eyes, and I was converted instantly into a Swarovski lover.

So here are some gorgeous Swarovksi pendants:

Swarovski crystal pendant in Ocean Blue, 24mm
Crystal ocean Swarovski pendant

Swarovski crystal pendant in Volcano, 24mm

crystal volcano Swarovski pendant

And my favorite, Swarovski crystal pendant in Red Magma, 23x39mm

crystal magma Swarovski pendant
I also got matching beads for the Red Magma pendant.

And then I also got some lovely little rhinestone flatbacks:

Swarovski crystal flatbacks

Clockwise from the left: Olivine, vitrail light, cosmo jet, and jet nut.

Pretty cool, yes? I have a couple ideas for the ocean blue and red magma pendants, but they need to percolate a bit more before they’re ready to be brought to fruition.

the end of summer
It’s feeling like the end of summer. All the greenery outside seems full and heavy. There’s nothing left but for leaves to start falling. How does time slip by so quickly? It’s getting dark noticeably earlier, and the sun is rising later. Even the birds in the morning are sounding different.

~still sparkling anyway~

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Now that my MA pieces are done and off in California, I’ve turned my attention to creating some jewelry. I realized the other day that the only jewelry I’ve made this year is the pair of earrings I made for Julie for her birthday. And they barely count – all I did was throw some beads on wire and attach to a finding. Here they are:


Don’t get me wrong – I think they are quite pretty, and I still want to make a pair for myself.

For now though I’m working on a necklace; it’s a project from the December 2007 issue of Bead & Button. I don’t make very many projects from magazines – I’d like to, but I’m always so busy with my own projects. But once in a while I try one, just to do something different. And it was a project in Bead & Button that initiated my love of Swarovski crystal. I never cared for it – I felt it was too cold – until I made this one bracelet, and I’ve loved it ever since. Anyway, here’s the magazine:

Bead & Button magazine - December 2007

The necklace is by Bia Alessi – gorgeous!

And here’s the article:

Crystal Showers pendant necklace by Julie Glasser

This necklace was designed by Julie Glasser. It’s a not-too-complicated pattern for someone who is familiar with right-angle weave. For me, it’s been a bit of a struggle. I don’t know what it is with right-angle weave, but even with the simplest of designs I have problems. And I never have problems with any other stitch. My needle always seems to be coming out at the wrong place. But I’ve managed to get my pendant almost completed:

Crystal pendant, design by Julie Glasser

This picture, as with any picture of Swarovski crystal, just doesn’t do it justice. The sparkle! Like stars.

I almost forgot about the Holiday Memories ATC Swap I signed up for at Artella. I wasn’t sure what to use as the foundation, and I knew I’d seen ATC blanks, so I did a little searching and found some at Artchix that are made from watercolor paper. Now I suppose I could have just made my own, but here are my reasons for not doing so:

1. I don’t have time
2. I like to support my favorite arts & crafts suppliers
3. This gave me the opportunity to also order some Artchix collage sheets

Of course reason number 3 was the deciding vote. Being on a limited budget, I only ordered two collage sheets, along with the ATC blanks, but I’m happy with that. I love Artchix collage sheets – I have a bunch already, and I have used them in many projects. Of course now I don’t remember which ones I ordered (I think it was maybe about a week ago) but that’s ok, because now it will be a surprise when I get them.

By the way, if you’re curious about the title of this post, my two-year-old daughter Lily is going through an I-don’t-want-to-wear-my-pants phase, so the words “where are your pants” is a common refrain in my house. Oh, the joys of living with a two-year-old!

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