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This and that

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, October 25, 2006 8:10 PM (Eastern)

I can admit I never really liked cardigans until I saw the late Kurt Cobain wearing them.

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Keep in mind that I lived outside Seattle when Cobain, and grunge, were very much alive. The climate in the Puget Sound Area more than justifies all aspects of grunge, from Doc Martens boots to flannel shirts to the cardigans to...anything that keeps you warm and dry, basically.

A cardigan need not be "grungy" of course, but it should fit the way you want it to. I like mine oversized and thick, if it's cotton. If it's wool, I prefer it more on the thin side.

I've been making more jewelry. Right now it's important, since I'll be going on a trip. Now, the jewelry has to work.

I made these today (when they're on, they hang straight of course). I got the idea from Target, believe or not. They had some earrings on sale that were made on a jig...they'd wrapped the top so that the top loop was still open and the tail of the wrap was tucked in the back.

Here is more stuff. The bracelet is citrine...I bent the clasp a bit so you could see it's also citrine. The earrings are citrine and gold-filled chain. Very hard to make because the chain is super fine (you can barely fit 24 gauge wire into it), but beautiful on, since they catch the light and glow golden.

I'm making a necklace to match the freshwater pearl bracelet, only it will have a slightly different clasp (onyx cabochon rather than faceted onyx). The pearl necklace will be single strand.

The pearl earrings were my first expedition into chain.

Finally, a really odd necklace. Even I'm not sure what to make of it. Thing is, the colors of this piece are divine. The tiny beads are Japanese, a blend of wine-red, clear light purple, clear light pink, a sort of bronzy red, clear beads lined with pink or purple. I threw in some lampwork beads I had sitting around...a yummy red Chinese pair with pink flowers, and then the big burgundy-colored one. If it were any heavier, I wouldn't wear it. But somehow I like this piece.

If you look closely, you'll see I've run out of several key components. I have them on order so I can finish it all before the trip.

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2 comment(s)
4:34 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Wow, those look great. Fun hobby. : )

3:36 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

It is a lot of fun...and it's good for you. I think mainly because you have to be extraordinarily patient, which I'm not normally...then there is the design aspect, because you have to create from scratch (I've used only a few "readymade" designs).

Then there is the materials aspect, because you have to figure out what to use and where to buy it from.

I'll have to say it's cheaper in the long run than buying jewelry. There's a big investment of time, and some money, up front, but once you find your groove, you're pretty much set.

Say...let's switch the comment email back to the old email. I still have it open, it would be handier for this kind of thing.


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