Sunday, 27 June 2010

Beautiful Lampwork beads by Earth and Fire Beads

Yesterday while I was enjoying my day at the Eccleshall Festival , my bead order arrived from Earth and Fire Beads . I was absolutely delighted with them and if I hadn't been so exhausted as a result of a busy day in the sun at Eccleshall I would have set too on them yesterday, but instead I enjoyed a beautiful morning sat outside creating, today.
How to use my 'Sea Storm Lentils? There were so many options and ideas going around my head, Do I use all five beads in a necklace? do I fill the necklace with beads? I could have done both but I chose to use just three of the beads in a necklace.
I used tigertail thread and a combination of Swarovski crystals and tiny mauve rocaille beads, finished off with a sterling silver clasp.

I used the two remaining beads from the set to make a pair of matching earrings, with sterling silver ear hooks.

Should I use the 'Pistachio shingles' to make a long necklace using all six in the one design or do I make two simple necklaces with just one of the lamp work beads and use the spare four as earrings, or do I make six pairs of earrings? 

 I started making jewellery because I love earrings and sometimes I have to remind myself of that, so I indulged my passion and made three pairs of earrings, all slightly different.

I could have made them in so many ways but I am happy with my final choices.

I hope Rachel who made these beautiful beads feels as though I have done her work justice!

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

You really can't beat swarovski crystals when the sun shines

Here are the two necklace earring sets I made yesterday while at Gallery at 12, I will be taking them back there in the next day or so, unless anyone decides that they would like to purchase them before hand.

Each necklace is made with Swarovski crystals

and finished off with sterling silver clasps.

 These earrings are made with Swarovski crystals on sterling silver head pins with sterling silver ear hooks.

These earrings are made with Swarovski crystals on silk thread, with sterling silver ear hooks

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Crystal Hearts and butterflies

When the sun is shining all you need is a simple swarovski crystal necklace. Just look how they sparkle!

 My collection.

Some of my hearts

 and my butterflies

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Rose Quartz and Crystals

Some days I wake up with totally clear ideas of what I want to make, this was one such day.
It had to be Rose Quartz with clear glass beads, so within minutes the necklace was planned...

but why stop at a necklace, I may as well make a bracelet

 and a pair of earrings to match.

So of course while I am sat, threading the beads and watching the necklace grow, another idea is developing. Keep the Rose quartz theme but instead of clear glass why not use Swarovski crystal pearls, so I'm off on another design.

And yes you have guessed it another idea then pops into my head a very simple idea but none the less effective.

so before you know it I have three new necklace, bracelet, earring sets to take along to the Staffordshire  Wildlife Trust coffee morning this Friday.

And no the ideas didn't stop coming, I simply ran out of time, maybe tomorrow.