Rainy Day Beading Redux

My last couple of posts have been on the serious side, so I thought it time to lighten up a bit.

How about I display some new beaded jewelry pieces, created during a recent day of thunderstorms?

clover_bracelet

1) This bracelet would be a good choice for a Notre Dame football weekend! It’s comprised of 10 silver clover/shamrocks, interspersed with 11 4mm round green aventurines (a good luck stone that stimulates creativity and intelligence). A silver toggle clasp completes the item.

pearl_dangles

2) These 3 1/4 inch long earrings each feature two 6mm faceted silver beads, an antique long silver connector, and two 6mm ecru-hued pearls with a silver daisy spacer. A fishhook ear wire starts the dangling process. Over time, pearls have become symbols of purity and innocence and often are sewn into bridal gowns.

sapphire_dangles

3) Sapphire is my birthstone, so I love making jewelry featuring it. These earrings are three inches long. Each contains three 6mm sapphire bicones, one 4mm round hematite, silver spacers, an antique silver connector, and a fishhook ear wire. Oh, by the way, sapphire is said to open one’s mind to beauty and love, while hematite reduces stress, calms, and soothes.

turquoise_chandeliers

4) These chandelier earrings measure 3 inches in length. From each antique silver flower petal dangle four drops made from two 4mm round turquoise stones separated with an antique silver tube bead. Another healing stone, turquoise attracts friendship and happiness while dispelling guilt.

angels

5) Did you know Oct. 2 is Guardian Angels’ Day?? Well, neither did I, but perhaps there’s such a thing as serendipity! These 3-inch long dangle earrings each contain one 6mm round faceted crystal bead flanked by 2mm round silver spacers. A 1 1/2-inch silver teardrop encases an amethyst angel with antique silver wings. A fishhook ear wire completes the piece. These make the sweetest tinkling sound when you move your head, too. Amethyst is said to relieve depression, to promote serenity and spirituality — a good choice for an angel, don’t you think?

Advertisements

21 thoughts on “Rainy Day Beading Redux

    • Thanks, Linda. Even the turquoise pair is lighter than it looks. In fact, when I tried them on yesterday, I was kind of amazed — with that many stones, one would expect them to be too heavy to be comfortable.

  1. Debbie – these are beautiful! Do you sell them somewhere? I love the meaning behind the stones that you share and love wearing jewelry with a story or meaning behind it. You’ve created some real rainy day treasures.

    • What a nice compliment, Barb. I’ve often been told I should sell them. In fact, at one point, I thought about doing so, but I’m afraid it’s going to have to wait. My plate is just too full right now (unless you can help me find more than 24 hours in each day!)

  2. Debbie, these are all faaaabulous! You really have a talent for making jewelry, my friend. I love your use of gemstones! I especially like the guardian angle earrings. And I had no idea that Oct 2nd was Guardian Angels’ Day. That’s the day I was born. Ironic, because I do feel a special connection to guardian angels.

    And as Barbara asked, do you sell them somewhere, like an Etsy Shop or craft shows? Because I bet they would sell very well.

    Have a great week, my friend!
    X

    • I’m blushing at your kind words, Ron — thank you! Sorry, but I just don’t have time to sell them right now. A couple of years ago, I thought about it, but we Virgos are perfectionists and I wouldn’t want to undertake a venture like that unless I could do it ‘right.’

      And that means I’d need to design some web pages to market my jewelry, categorize each item, photograph them in their best light, write descriptions, price them, ship them, and worry whether somebody would break them and ship them back for me to re-make. Aaagh, there’s just not enough time in a day — especially if I want to write, ha!

      It’s nice to know that others are appreciating their beauty, though, and if I ever decided to make a business out of my designs, perhaps I wouldn’t fall flat on my face! {{{{{ You }}}}}

    • Thanks, Kim. I’d have figured you for a red kind of girl (because of your passion and energy), but I’m glad to know you, too, appreciate blue! I’m always torn between blues and greens, but there are few colors I don’t like (except poopy browns and that seasick green, ha!)

    • I probably should have been working, Kb, but sometimes one just has to do something FUN, y’know? When I get tired of wearing a pair of earrings or a bracelet, I just site down and make something new. I probably ought to have a “sale” and unload some of the stuff I don’t particularly want. Maybe I’ll check into flea markets or some such.

  3. That is a fun and productive way to spend a rainy day (much better than my day of Netflix when we had rain a couple weeks ago.) In my defense, I was watching with the kids and they picked the movies, so technically it was bonding time :) I think all of the jewelry is beautiful, but I think the turquoise one is my favorite.

    • Being in the Southwest, you’re probably used to seeing lots of beautiful turquoise pieces, Janna. That’s one thing I miss about living in Texas, the opportunity to get to AZ and NM once in a while and browse jewelry! I just love the squash blossom pieces; of course, most of those items are WAY more expensive than mine!

    • You know, Monica, wearing them is like having a tinkling bell just outside your ear, too! I wore them driving and every time I turned my head, I got to hear them — and it made me sooo happy. Thanks for stopping by and saying such nice things about my creations!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s