Isaac Inspired Me to Create

The remnants of Hurricane Isaac blew through my area over Labor Day weekend, giving us some much-needed rain.

Not what the old-timers call a drought-buster, but we’ll take what we can get.

It’s the “side effects” we can do without — you know, the lightning and thunder, tornadoes and wind.

Have you ever been in Church and heard the tornado warning go off? I hadn’t either, until Saturday evening. What better place to be during wicked weather?

Anyway, with a holiday weekend and bad weather roaming around, I powered down the laptop and turned to some beading. Without further ado, I present some of my new creations (and the stories that go with them!):

1) These dangly earrings each feature three 6mm denim blue cat’s eye beads, interspersed with a 4mm hematite bead, antique round silver beads, and an antique silver tube bead in the middle. They remind me of summer — denim usually does — and what better way to celebrate the end of summertime than with beads?

2) This pair is made of seven 4mm rose bicones, interspersed with silver spacers and a silver circle spacer in the middle. This color is just so flattering to most skin tones! They’re light and delicate, and I imagine they’d look perfect worn with shades of blue or black.

3) Native American cultures have long hung dreamcatchers over beds to catch bad dreams in the net and filter good dreams down through feathers to the sleeper. That lovely tradition is what this pair of earrings is based on. I used two faceted turquoise Czech glass beads with a silver spacer in each one and a leverback closure for increased security.

4) More feathers! I saw these silver “feather” dangles at Hobby Lobby one day and they spoke to me. These chandelier earrings are the result. They might look heavy, but they’re incredibly light and make the most delicate whispering sound in your ears when you move your head.

5) A bracelet/earring set in Hematite. This stone is incredibly slick to the touch and is the gem form of iron. When cut or ground, Hematite gives off red dust that runs like blood when mixed with water. People have used this “red ochre” for thousands of years to paint caves and tombs. Here, I separated the Hematite stones with 4mm silver beads on the bracelet and used a toggle clasp. Trust me, it’s heavier than it looks — that’s why the earrings are shorter than I’d usually make!

6) Can you tell the Fighting Irish have been on my mind this weekend?? This pair mixes several different shades and sizes of green beads, silver spacers, and of course, a lucky four-leaf clover dangle. They must have worked because the Irish beat the Navy in Dublin on Saturday, 50-10!

Six More Beaded Creations

Who’s ready to see more of my beaded jewelry creations?

You are? Cool, let’s get started:

1) This is a pair of approximately 3-1/4″ long earrings with round, olive green faceted Czech glass beads, 6 mm in size. Also included are small barrel spacers, flat round spacers, and an ornate connector piece. I bought the green because it’s one of my favorite colors, of course!

2) I found these interesting connectors (the long silver portion) at Hobby Lobby. They remind me of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. I paired them with 6 mm white faux pearls and 4 mm dark grey hematite beads. Did you know that Hematite is a good gemstone for Virgos like me?? Hematite supposedly carries grounding and soothing energies to help you relax physically and mentally — all I know is, I love the way it feels. So cool to the touch!

3) Don’t you just love this shade of turquoise? They’re called fiberoptic or cat’s eye beads because they have a tiny white line running around their circumference (sounds like I was listening in Geometry class after all, haha!). They also feature long, antique silver tube beads. Anyway, true story: I wore this pair to a first meeting with a potential new client for my Web Design company. Everything went well until I got home and realized (gulp!) I’d lost the entire bottom half of one of my earrings! I checked throughout my car and retraced my steps to the garage, to no avail. I can only surmise I lost it at the guy’s office (sure hope he doesn’t have a wife or girlfriend who’s the jealous type because nothing happened. Promise!!)

4) These silver earrings are almost long enough to brush my shoulders! They’re made with twisted silver tube beads and an ornate connector piece. I love finding earrings that are as light as these are, too! They don’t yank your earlobes, but that means I’m checking periodically throughout the day to make sure they’re still there (unlike the previous pair, ha!)

5) Another piece in green! This one is a bracelet featuring bamboo-shaped tube beads, interspersed with crystal spacers and fastened with a toggle clasp. Perfect for St. Pat’s Day or the Irish in you!

6) Generally, I work in silver-colored metals because I’ve found it to be more flattering to my skin tones. However, sometimes a girl’s just got to try her hand at something yellow-gold, and this is what I came up with. I used the same olive-green beads from photo #1, along with faux white pearls and gold-colored daisy spacers. I have no clue what that weird round shadow is at the bottom of the green beads — must be some kind of reflection I didn’t notice until now. Trust me, they’re pretty!

If we could get an entire day with a steady rain, just imagine how much beading I could get done!

P.S. Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, it’s back to school we go! I’ll be taking a few days’ off this coming week so I can accompany the Domer back to college. I’ll catch up with everybody when I return — please don’t abandon me entirely, ‘kay??