Tuesday, May 22, 2007
This has to be one of my favourite wire pieces so far I think - the photo doesn't do it justice however, the silver wrapping on the petals of this flower have a lovely 'satin' sheen to them when the light catches them.
I shaped the wire frame from one continuous length of wire, then wrapped and hammered the 'bail' at the top of the pendant. Then onto a couple of hours of wrapping very fine sterling wire! The centre is creamy aragonite surrounded by tiny pink seed beads.
I've used pinky-red fluorite beads in this necklace, coiled with sterling wire and tiny pink glass seed beads.
Plus more bali silver! This long drop necklace looks really elegant when worn - I want to keep this one!
I managed to get some free time this afternoon to have do some more wrapping and coiling with wire!
This first pendant is very delicate and airy - just a simple teardrop shape, with a faceted amazonite bead and tiny glass seed beads coiled round the frame with sterling wire giving a 'lacy' effect.
Friday, May 18, 2007
I found the colours on this bracelet really hard to capture - these 'olivine' green freshwater pearls are much brighter in real life! I've used for the focal a large maroon Swarovski pearl, along with smaller bronze ones. Also on this bracelet are peridot crystals, garnet, and silver bali beads. I've attached wrapped wire 'dangles' near the toggle clasp - this helps to balance the bracelet when it's worn.
I love pearls in all shapes and sizes! This bracelet has coin-shaped white freshwater pearls, and the large focal pearl is a Swarovski one called 'Tahitian' in this lovely teal colour. I've also put some faceted smoky quartz beads in here, with some more Swarovski crystal - blue 'Montana', and two gorgeous silver Bali beads. Finished off with a sterling toggle clasp!
Monday, May 14, 2007
I've not had much time over the last few days to get creative - hopefully now I've caught up on paperwork I should have more time to play this week!
This cluster necklace fastens at the front with a sterling toggle, a style I'm doing more of just lately as it's so easy to wear! I've used faceted amethyst drops and round beads, with lilac czech glass, and Swarovski crystals in amethyst and indicolite. There's a couple of little hand-made spiral charms tucked in there too!
Monday, May 07, 2007
Well this is what I've been working on, and finally finished this afternoon! I've got lots of ideas and inspiration at the moment.... but right now my fingers are sore so that's my lot for today.
This is all hand-coiled with sterling wire and tiny glass seed beads in forest green and creamy buttermilk colours. I've used very fine wire to add peridot chips to the centre around the veins. It's quite a bold statement - the pendant is 7cm by 5.5cm - so not a dainty piece by any means!
I love Swarovski crystals and pearls - I use them a lot in my bridal jewellery range, but mainly whites and creams of course, so it's nice to play with some colour!
The focal on this bracelet is a huge silver Bali bead, there are lots of silver spacers in between the crystals, which gives it quite an ethnic feel. I've used lemony yellow Czech glass beads, two large Swarovski emerald crystals, jonquil and erinite crystals. I've finished off with a sterling toggle and a wrapped dangle.
Off to do more coiling... working on a new piece - photo later!
Saturday, May 05, 2007
I'm really into blues and greens at the moment - must be thinking about summer holidays and pining for the sea! These amazonite beads I bought recently are so pretty.. the colours range from pale aqua through to turquoise and deep charcoal grey. Every bead is different - each one reminds me of a miniature painting of a seascape!
Not wanting to detract from the beauty of these stones by doing anything complicated with this bracelet, I've simply teamed them with polished apatite tumblestones and some tiny sterling silver beads. The apatite has a beautiful rich turquoise colour and really brings out the blues in the amazonite beads. And just to complete the geometric theme I've finished off with a shiny textured square toggle clasp in sterling silver.
Friday, May 04, 2007
I first started making jewellery in my early teens (back in the eighties, how scary is that?!!). Since then I've dabbled with many different crafts such as pressed and dried flowers, embroidery, painting, candle-making, handmade toiletries, glass painting - before finally re-discovering jewellery making again 2 years ago!
Many things have changed of course, not least the huge choice of beads and findings that are now readily available, but also in terms of the new techniques such as those using polymer clay, precious metal clays, wireworking and beadweaving to name but a few!
The photos shown here are my most recent pieces - at the moment I'm having a lot of fun with wire and coiling, a very time-consuming technique but produces beautiful (I think!) results and is really firing up my imagination right now!
(The picture shown above is a jasper pendant with mother of pearl, cherry quartz, and glass seed beads, all coiled with sterling silver wire).
Amazonite earrings made with sterling silver wire, with freshwater pearls and glass seed beads:
Earrings with freshwater coin pearls, apatite drops and glass seed beads - hand-coiled with sterling silver wire:
Bermuda Blue Swarovski crystal heart earrings, hand-coiled with sterling silver wire and glass seed beads:
Rhodonite and fossil jasper earrings with hand-coiled sterling silver wire and glass seed beads:
Amazonite Earrings with glass seed beads: