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Three bracelets
posted by Colleen Shirazi, May 5, 2007 at 11:06 AM (Pacific)

swarovski crystal, freshwater pearl, glass bracelets

Here are three little bracelets made of various materials...swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls, blue lace agate chips, and some blue glass beads I've had for a while.

Edited to add: was in a hurry when I posted this, had to finish the pieces in a hurry too... The bottom two bracelets were designed by my daughter (by herself, I didn't check her work over).

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posted by Colleen Shirazi, October 27, 2006 at 11:51 AM (Pacific)

I got my Fire Mountain Gems order today. That was fast. I opened it up...everything was to spec.

The only thing I need now are earring wires and I plan on ordering those today from a different company (I'm picky about those).

On a sour note...I was packing some stuff to take to someone else. I had bought two feet of chain from Baubles and Beads in Berkeley...let me say I've been there several times and bought quite a lot of stuff before.

Since I was packing it for someone else, I had to measure and cut some other chain that I'd bought from another store. Just out of curiosity, I measured the chain that I'd bought from Baubles and Beads, and found it short by a quarter-inch.

This was supposed to be a one-foot length. The other one-foot piece, I hadn't even bothered measuring before using some of it, so I don't know if that one was short as well.

I'm not going to get in my car, drive to Berkeley, and haggle over a quarter-inch of chain. But I'm not shopping there anymore.

Anyhow here's what I'm up to.

Clockwise from upper left: citrine bangle with citrine clasp. Citrine earrings on gold-filled chain. Freshwater pearl bracelet with faceted onyx clasp. Freshwater pearl and gold-filled chain earrings.

I'm going to make a matching necklace for the pearl bracelet. In fact I got the clasp for it today in my FMG's an onyx cabochon. They didn't have a faceted onyx and I figured the cabochon would look nice with a necklace (going to be a single strand of the same pearls).

I got the inspiration for these earrings from Target! They're made on a jig obviously. The top loop isn't closed (good design, thanks Target) and the other end is simply wrapped.

Hi! I dismantled the rose quartz and garnet necklace here:

It was a nice enough design but I ended up never wearing it. Kept three of the four-leaf-clover pieces from in front and two in back (I seldom discard any design 100%, usually I keep something from the original).

Now it looks nice with the earrings, which I'd been considering dismantling earlier. Complex earrings go best with simple necklaces, and vice versa. I know, I know...

Over the next few days I'll be finishing up some pieces, thanks to my FMG order. Lessee...

I'll need to redo most, if not all, of my blue lace agate necklace. I love the design (it's spare but that only makes the blue stones pop more), but my wrapping on that piece is not so great. (It's the same one in the pic above.)

Going to match a matching bracelet for it; I have enough stones left from the strand.

Going to redo the carnelian bracelet pictured earlier. I think something simpler would be nicer (say, just carnelian and gold).

Of course there is the pearl's already strung, just needs that onyx clasp.

Need to add a clasp to the citrine, yellow opal and agate necklace you can see some in the first two pics. Still debating whether I like the design or not.

Then there are the odd "this and that"'s...adding crimp covers here and there, switching out clasps, yadda yadda...

When I get my earring wires, my life will be complete. :)

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posted by Colleen Shirazi, September 8, 2006 at 3:00 PM (Pacific)

The necklace is made out of oval iolite beads, blue lace agate chips, and some diamond-shaped faceted chalcedony beads I got in Cincinnati. I used handmade jump rings for this piece.

The earrings are the same oval iolite beads. At first I had them in a straightforward string of simple loop links, coming off a pair of the same chalcedony beads, but they looked far too ordinary that way. The beads are much too I wrapped them all and put three strings of them on each earring, using this model: Diamond Chandelier Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making Project.

I've got to come up with a better way to photograph my jewelry! Unless you're already a good photographer, it's not easy. Here is one of the nicest earrings stagings I've seen: Muse On Main--I didn't want to link directly to any one pair of earrings in case they got sold--but check out how they hung the earrings on that cool statue.

Here I've got my iolite, blue lace agate and chalcedony necklace, iolite earrings, jade earrings, and the same turquoise, lustre glass and fluorite heart necklace I'd tried to photograph earlier on. I added it here because I just redid most of the wraps and it looks nicer now. It drapes better in real life than it does in the pic of course.

Finally, a detail of the earrings. Just today I decided to try adding some fine gauge wire to the iolite ones...harder than it looks, but worth the effort. Here you can see the color of the iolite looks a bit bluer here than in real life; it's purpler I would say. An interesting deep purple-blue with gold in it, or a sort of golden brown.

The jade earrings look really nice on. The diamond-shaped frame is gold-filled wire; the faceted jade beads are also from my Cincinnati trip.

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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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