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Beading Blog - January 2006

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"Wearing" mode...
posted by Colleen Shirazi, January 29, 2006 at 11:41 AM (Pacific)

I've stopped making new earring designs for a while. Basically I'm trying out what works.

The oldest earring I have that I'm still happy with, is the one with the round black cloisonne bead. It's simple...I have the bead with a golden round bead inside, plus an aventurine bead (? it's a stone that's mostly deep green, some with pink or white in them), and a freshwater pearl. Simple, yet slightly different, and the cloisonne gives the earrings an Asian flavor.

Then there are my pink earrings (glass and rose quartz), and my green glass ones--both the blue-green ones with the freshwater pearl and the gold-finished green glass ones...and the red ones my son made. These are all good.

The one with the diamond-shaped cloisonne is slated to be dismantled. The beads are good but the design is too simple.

I doubt I'll get around to wearing the blue glass flower ones for the same reason...too simple.

I still have a bunch of earring findings to play with. I'll probably check the shops some more to see what they have. General Bead in San Francisco has the best earring findings, I'd say, because they have a lot of sterling's pricier but nicer...but it's hard for me to get out there. I'm going to try some local stores.

P.S. The niobium wires are worth every penny, for sensitive ears. I only wish they had gold-finished ones.
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Green earrings part 2
posted by Colleen Shirazi, January 20, 2006 at 12:15 PM (Pacific)

Okay I tried out the green earrings a few times. I decided that the green crystals had to go. They're nice crystals mind you but not for these earrings.

I swapped the crystals out for two freshwater pearls. I couldn't use my regular eyepins because the drill holes in the pearls were too fine, so I went ahead and started using my new "craft wire" which is 24 gauge.

I'm pretty pleased with the wire...I'd been meaning to start using it rather than have to cut down eyepins.


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posted by Colleen Shirazi, January 16, 2006 at 8:09 PM (Pacific)

These came out good:

These are the same green earrings I made a sample of, below. The thing is, when you wear them, the green crystal in the center doesn't "stand out" as much as it would seem. It appears to be close to the same color as the green flower beads. But because it's a faceted crystal, it catches the light and breaks up the "flat" appearance that I had before when I had used only the flower beads.

Side note: it is really cool wearing earrings that you've designed yourself. I mean I could spend a lot of time trying to find teal-green earrings.


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Ongoing projects: earring findings
posted by TheBroadroom.Net, at 1:32 PM (Pacific)

I got some earring findings to try out. They can be expensive, depending on the finding. Still, I figured it was worth it to see what's good.

I'm pretty sure I like the one on the left. The beads are quite complex actually which doesn't show that much in the picture. If you hold them up to the light, you get a stained glass effect because the blue color is so intense.

The green ones...I started out with three straightforward strands, the center one was three of the same teal-colored flower beads. But--where the blue beads are complex and the design should be simple--the green beads are simpler and require a more complex design.

So I took out the center flower bead and put in a bicubic green crystal.

The only way to tell of course is to wear them.


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This and that
posted by Colleen Shirazi, January 9, 2006 at 9:52 PM (Pacific)

grumbles I haven't had a chance to make anything new lately. I was very sick today (see the Health Blog if interested)...

I'm working on a new earring design. I have one earring semi-finished. The idea here is color...rather than using, say, semi-precious stones, or even plain glass, I have a combination of a crystal with glass, all intensely colored a sort of teal green. The color stands out even from a distance. I'm not happy with the glass part yet though. I put four teal-green glass flower beads on simple loops and did the same "attach charms to a chain" thing. I'd like to see if it would look better adding tiny green seed beads to the charms.
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