Saturday, March 10, 2012

New Necklaces

I just made several new necklaces using some of the various colored jasper nuggets I got this summer.  Since they are nuggets, they are a rougher cut and don't have the shiny facets seen in crystals and other kinds of stones.  It was kind of a fluke, or a shopping coup as I like to call it, how I got them so I didn't want to just throw them into any design.  I knew I wanted to give them a little bling while still highlighting that they are natural stones.  I also wanted them to match other longer In Small Spectacles pieces.  So I paired them with other semi precious stones, rhinestones, and solid brass vintage beads and wired them into a classic design shorter than most of my other necklaces and here's what I came up with:

green jasper, jade, quartz, freshwater pearl, brass, rhinestones

white jasper, freshwater pearl, mother of pearl, vintage crystal, czech glass, brass, rhinestone

pink jasper, chocolate freshwater pearls, tigers eye, vintage glass, czech glass, brass, rhinestone

black jasper, black onyx, black freshwater pearls, mother of pearl, brass, rhinestones

I also listed some earrings earlier today....

...and a couple bracelets....

....and I'm off to make more on this surprisingly quiet Saturday afternoon!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Salvaged Chandelier Crystal Assemblage Necklaces

I started making necklaces based on a childhood  memory I had of my twin sister and me playing with my mother's tabletop brass lamp that had dangling chandelier crystals.  We used to hook the crystals on our ears and pretend they were earrings.  I loved them!  I still have those crystals (the lamp too, I can't bring myself to give it away) and I made a necklace for my sister and one for myself using those very same crystals we played with as little girls.  I just think jewelry that has a sentimental element is more special and priceless, even if it isn't viewed as "precious" in the eyes of the jewelry world. 

I only had a couple of my vintage salvaged chandelier assemblage necklaces, so I figured I better go ahead and make more for the upcoming Spring and Summer shows.  I listed some of them tonight in the Etsy Shop.

Here's a sampling of a few:

I love what it does for an outfit.  I wore this to church today!

Each of the necklaces has a large vintage solid brass bead, a rhinestone brass chain, vintage brass chain, a freshwater pearl endcapped in aged bronze filigree, and a solid brass vintage cross.  The salvaged chandelier crystals are also endcapped in large aged bronze filigree.

It's hard to find chandelier crystals that I like and that are in good enough shape to be worn but still show a little patina to give the piece an edge and an antique feel.  But once I come across them, I buy them all! 

Have a great week!