Monday, September 26, 2011

Rainy Day Adventures

   Today was a rather dreary fall day, full of clouds and rain.  It was the type of day that makes you want to crawl back into bed after the kids get on the bus and watch movies all day long.  Well, I do confess that I did go back to bed for a little while, but then I decided that I needed to do something more productive with my day.  What do do?  How about learning a new jewelry making technique?  I've always admired the clustery wire crocheted beaded jewelry that I have seen, so I grabbed some 26 gauge wire, an old crochet hook, and ventured online for some free how to's and even purchased a wire crochet basics tutorial on Etsy.  After many failed attempts, I finally was able to master the simple chain stitch that my mother taught me many years ago and finished a wire crocheted gemstone choker.  I have to say, this is a rather addicting technique, so I fear this is not the last of this style of jewelry you will see from me.  Bwahahahaha!  Now, I hear there is rain in the forecast tomorrow........

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Falling for Copper

Ahhh, the cool, crisp air, the earthy colors, and enticing aromas that come with Autumn.  Fall is my favorite season for sure and to celebrate it, I have been using beautiful, rustic, natural copper for some new pieces.  Copper has such depth and interest when textured and given an antique patina.  These first two pieces are made from copper sheet that has been textured with an industrial strength tube wringer and oxidized with liver of sulfur for richness and depth.

Corrugated Cuff

Linear Earrings

These next two pieces are bracelets in different wire wrapping techniques that feature handcrafted lampwork vocals by Melissa Vess.  Melissa is one of the most talented lampwork artists that I have come across, and I was fortunate enough to do a trade with her last year for these stunning focal beads.  I have held on to these beads for a while now as I was set on them being pendants.  I simply could not come up with a pendant design for them, so they were put on the back burner until I decided to make some copper bracelets that were need of some gorgeous focals.

Namaste Bracelet     
Close Up

Serenity Bracelet

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You can see more of Melissa's gorgeous beads in her Etsy shop: