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I'm dying to go bead shopping...
posted by Colleen Shirazi, July 20, 2006 at 11:21 PM (Pacific)

I'm not at home now. I'd love to do some price comparison...see how much beads cost out here. If there's a significant price difference one way or the other, I'll report it here.
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A pic finally
posted by Colleen Shirazi, July 15, 2006 at 4:28 PM (Pacific)



Here is the final version of that rose quartz necklace. I took off the front triangle altogether, got rid of the round r.q. beads, went with a simpler design...that's it.

The matching earrings use this jig pattern: Four Plus 1 Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project.

These two pieces work together only if the rest of your outfit is very spare and simple otherwise imo it's "too much."

The blue lace agate/crystal necklace is the same as before; the earrings I just made today. Worn together, the blue color is very strong, which is good when you want the blue to stand out. I plan on making a second pair of earrings however that will have less "punch."

The diamond shaped earrings are from this pattern: Runway Earrings Jewelry Making Project. I added in a little string of quartz crystals.

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Where was I...
posted by Colleen Shirazi, July 14, 2006 at 6:08 PM (Pacific)

I made some earrings using this design: Four Plus 1 Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project. It's not the straight-across one, it's the one that goes down in the middle.

These look much nicer in person somehow. Again I used my Olympus-Lite. The "frame" is large enough to use a fair-sized bead as the center dangle. I used small round garnets on the bottom; the earrings were long enough that way. Even though they look more complicated than the diamond-shaped ones here: Runway Earrings Jewelry Making Project, I found them actually easier to make, although that could just be a matter of experience.

Now I can appreciate the difference between a "square" jig like the Olympus-Lite and a "round" one like the Cyclops or what have you. The square ones produce more squared shapes. The round ones can do more complicated curved shapes. What I'm drooling for, myself, is one of those "Super Pegs" so that I can make something like this: Tiered Raindrop Earrings Jewelry Making Project. I was going to see if Baubles and Beads had it but I didn't have time to look properly.
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Next up...bronze freshwater pearls!
posted by Colleen Shirazi, July 9, 2006 at 2:50 PM (Pacific)

At least I think that's what they're called. I have a cache of these that have been sitting inside a couple of my early attempts at wrapping. And, last time I went shopping, I was a bit floored at the price increase for jewelry wire. I haven't researched it but have heard that the main producer of this was located in New Orleans and got flooded out. It's good wire btw, all made in the U.S.A.

Anyhow. Once I replenished my wire and jump ring supply, I was next to skint and didn't buy any new stones. To be fair, my favorite bead shop is closed now and the best place to buy stones is actually a third shop...so...to keep me busy now, I have it in mind to do something with pearls and either turquoise or rose quartz.
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Gave up on the triangle...
posted by Colleen Shirazi, at 2:43 PM (Pacific)

Okay, I got rid of the triangle. I think it is possible to make a nice triangle in front of a necklace however, for the piece I was doing...where the beads are medium-sized...it just looked clunky no matter what (and I have redone that same piece many times).

The new piece now, that I did today, has "jigged" clover pieces connecting the wrapped links. I got rid of the round rose quartz beads altogether (and let me tell you, even though those were cheap, they were not really worth it...they seemed to attract every speck of grime for one thing). So now it's only wrapped links (oval faceted rose quartz with a tiny round garnet either side) and four-leaf clovers done on silver wire, with a drop in front.
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Btw I had to clean this piece...
posted by Colleen Shirazi, July 7, 2006 at 5:20 PM (Pacific)

The rose quartz was starting to get grimy. Wasn't sure how to clean it, since usually you don't want moisture/humidity getting on your sterling silver (it causes tarnishing).

Finally decided to wash it in warm water and baby wash (Johnson & Johnson Head to Toe, which I always have on hand anyway since I use it as a facial cleanser, makeup brush wash, etc.). The logic here is that babies get dirty easily (I've had a couple, it's definitely true) and even though J & J HTT is mild, it's also extremely effective at dissolving dirt and grime.

It came out a treat; I dried it off immediately after washing it. Got the grime off without me having to brush it (I didn't want to do that for fear of scratching the piece).
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Hmmm...
posted by Colleen Shirazi, at 5:02 PM (Pacific)

The redone piece looks good. At least so far so good. Definitely better than before.

I've gotten better at wrapping. It's not 100% what I want it to be but it gets closer each time. I have seen it done differently...both the technique and the result...so it is a matter of practice but also a matter of developing how you want your wraps to be in the first place.

Aside from that...I'm running out of wire and I need jump rings. I've been stuck inside the house for days; hope to get more supplies soon.

My next project is going to involve jade of some sort, I think. I'm holding off on the amber. It's so expensive!
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Going back over a piece
posted by Colleen Shirazi, July 6, 2006 at 10:21 PM (Pacific)

It's the rose quartz, garnet, sterling silver one with a triangle in front. The short version is I've decided I don't like it. More importantly, it was made with 24 gauge wire and the wrapped links are too long. They tend to bend. Plus the double rose quartz round beads...meh...they don't bend exactly but the entire piece needs a lighter feel to it.

So I'm redoing it all. The new wrapped links (which I am getting better at, each time) have a single garnet either side of the rose quartz faceted bead; the simple loop links are a single round rose quartz bead. So far I really like it.

It's impossible to say yet whether the new design will work. For me, since I'm making for myself first, I won't know until either the piece ends up sitting in a drawer, or else becomes a "reach for" piece.
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What I'm up to these days...
posted by Colleen Shirazi, July 5, 2006 at 7:47 PM (Pacific)

Pretty much I've been redoing some of my old pieces. My object is to simply get better at the stuff that I'm not that good at yet...and the cost to fix this and that (assuming you've designed the piece well to begin with) isn't much.

The funny part is how customized my jewelry is becoming. I can say I'm not used to that. All my life I've gone into a shop and basically chosen from what was there. It's entirely different if you're making it yourself.

For example, the blue lace agate piece...it doesn't look like much when it's not on, and doesn't look like much in the pic imo. But when I wear it, it's almost too perfect. It really does look custom-made.

Then, I'm going back on some old earring designs and converting them over to sterling silver or gold-filled wire. The plated stuff looks good the first time you wear it...and maybe the second time. After that the plating wears off.

The possibilities seem endless at times so I'm developing slowly and going back over the pieces until they're perfect.
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