Monday, April 13, 2009

Flapper Pearls

This is a 42" strand of high quality 9 mm fresh water pearls. The luster on this strand is gorgeous. They are a show stopper. The clasp is sterling silver with an amethyst cabochon. The bracelet is approximately 8" and the earrings are drop style at about an inch. It took me three hours to knot these pearls on silk.

I was in a local bead store at closing one evening and the store manager wanted to show me her lasted purchase. She had purchased several stands of fresh water pearls. I noticed that she was wearing what I call a flapper stand of real pearls. She had on a nice blouse and a pair of slacks and I thought, "wow that really looks good." I always felt that there was too much formality with pearls but after seeing her outfit I decided that pearls could be worn with less formal attire.

Funny, I made this strand for myself thinking I would wear them a lot but I have only worn them a couple of times. The last time was at my brother's wedding. I guess I can't shake that feeling that pearls are formal and should be worn accordingly. However, having that strand for the wedding occasion delighted me to no end. I knew immediately that no matter what I would be wearing those pearls even when I had no idea what else I was going to wear to that event. It feels so good to have one less decision to make about my outfit but what felt even better was that I made that necklace myself.

Instructions for knotting pearls is located in the archive section of my blog for a February 29, 2009 post. I recommend that if you enjoy beading and have never tried to knot your own pearls give it a try. You never know when having a strand of gorgeous pearls will be one less decision you have to worry about. Enjoy!

More Hula Hoops






I call this pair Dipity Doos because they seem like that to me. They are a fun pair of turmilated quartz with black onyx wire wrapped in sterling silver with sterling silver ear wires. They are $15.00







I call this pair Moonstone Mommas because I was told by a new friend that moonstone protects mother and child. I think the moonstone is lovely with turquoise wire wrapped in sterling silver with sterling silver ear wires. They are $15.00

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Fantasy Pieces







Bronze fresh water pearls with bronze tinted Austrian crystals wrapped in sterling silver with sterling silver ear wires. The price is $15.00






Bronze fresh water pearls with bronze tinted Austrian crystals with sterling silver lobster claw clasp bracelet measuring 7.25." The price is $25.00

or $30.00 for the pair.






Copper fresh water pearls with copper tinted Austrian crystals with copper plated lobster claw clasp bracelet measuring 7.25". The price is $20.00







Copper fresh water pearls with copper tinted Austrian crystals with wrapped in copper but with sterling silver earwires for comfort. The price is $10.00

or $25.00 for the set.

If you are interested in more information or purchasing please contact k.haskell@mchsi.com for arrangements.

Calm Water









This is handmade bracelet using blue opal, Swarovski crystals, sterling silver and amazonite. It measures at 7.5" with a lobster claw clasp in sterling silver. The price is $22.00









This is a handmade stretch bracelet made from turquoise, agate, sterling silver and sea glass. This fits a small to medium wrist. The price is $18.00








This is a handmade bracelet made from turquoise, sterling silver, agate, sea glass, and Swarovski crystals. It measures over 8" but comfortably fits a wrist at 7.25" with a heavy sterling silver toggle. The price is $30.00



If you are interested in more information or purchasing any one of these pieces please email k.haskell@mchsi.com for arrangements.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Dancing Earrings



I was fooling around with my wig jig and I got a little carried away. I made this pair of earrings and they dance when I wear them. They have so much movement and shine.





I have added a series of easy to follow steps.


Tools and Supplies for Dancing Earrings
















    Tools Required:

    1. Wig Jig with 5 small pegs
    2. Metal Ruler
    3. Bent Nose Pliers
    4. Round Nose Pliers
    5. Wire Cutters
    6. Flat Nose Pliers


    Supplies needed:

    1. Two lengths 9 inches long of 20 gauge round sterling silver wire.
    2. One pair of ear wires


    Experience Required:

    This is a beginner wire wrap. If you can make earrings you can do this. It is pretty basic. If you do not have a Wig Jig. Try making your own.


    HINT: Make your own jig with a small piece of scrap lumber and five small preferably headless nails. Hammer the nails in a diamond shape with the extra nail just above one corner. Use a piece of paper folded into a perfect square 2"x2"x2"x2" paste that square on your lumber. Use the corners of your paper as your guide for where to hammer your nails.

    Monday, April 6, 2009

    Setting up the Jig - Part I



    One top corner of the jig will have a place for two pegs. Add both pegs to that corner.




    Notice both pegs addded.




    Add one peg to the remaining 3 corners.

    Adding Wire to the Jig - Part II



    Curl one end of 1 of your 9" strands of wire.



    Add the curled end of the wire to the top peg in the corner of the jig where the two pegs are located.




    Using the pegs as guides wrap the wire around the remaining 3 pegs. Forming a diamond shape with your wire.




    Using your pliers make a slight bend in the loose end of the wire indicating where the wire would meet just under the curled end of the wire attached to the peg.

    Forming the Wire Part III



    Take the wire frame off of the Jig.




    One end of the frame is curled. The ear wire will hang from the curled end. The other end is the tail end.



    Using flat nose pliers bend the curled end of the wire at a 45 degree angle.



    Then bend the tail end of the wire at a 45 degree angle.

    Thursday, April 2, 2009

    Twisting the Wire at the Top - Part IV



    The curled end of the wire is the frame end. The straight end of the wire is the tail end.



    Start wrapping the the tail end of the wire around the frame.



    Continue to wrap the tail end of the wire around the frame until there is no tail left.





    Now you have a diamond shaped frame with a curled top. The curled top is where you hang the ear wire. Do all of these step again with the other 9" piece of wire, completing your send diamond frame.








    Making Dancing Earrings The Final Part V


    video


    This is the final step. Watch this video to learn how I twisted the square to form the dancing earrings. Attach the earwires and enjoy.


    P.S. The dog barking in the background his name is Tobi and he is playing with my mother.