Chalcedony Pendant

Chalcedony PendantThis lovely Chalcedony pendant is a good example of free form wire wrapping.
 I took  a good size (I suggest around 12 inches) of sterling silver, in this case.  Inserted the wire about half way through the chalcedony briolette.  It’s ok if one side of the wire is not exactly matched up with the other, but close in length.  I bent the wires upward and added my seed beads and Swarovski pearls.  Next, I crossed the wires at a place where I liked the look…it’s free form, so do your thing.  I made my wire wrapped loop up higher and wrapped my wire down from the loop in a free form style.
 
I just love the look of Chalcedony.  It’s a beautiful stone.  I have some more in my stash…I may have to make earrings next  🙂
 
Check out this pendant and my other artisan jewelry at  http://www.BohemianIce.etsy.com.
 
Click on the photo to see the listing for this pendant.

Beadwork is a Wonderful Art

As you know, I’m a jewelry designer (among several other arts) and this past year I’ve been learning beadworking.  It is amazing how relaxing it can be.  I love doing all of the stitches and watching how each piece turns out.  It is time consuming, but worth all that you put into it.

For those who want to start beadworking, I suggest getting a subscription to the magazines “Beadwork” and “Bead and Button.”  These publications are a font of beadworking knowledge.  You can learn the stitches and create the projects.

The bracelet shown is my bracelet that I made for the Lake Shore Artists group annual May Exhibit.  It won second place to my surprise.

Since I’m learning beadworking, I will add it to my list of creative things to do.  I will post my projects as I go along.

Thanks for stopping by  🙂

Green….like Spring!

I don’t know about you, but I have had enough of winter….the white stuff still covers the ground outside.  I can’t wait to see those pretty little flowers showing up.  I need Spring and everything green.  Here’s a little bit of green for you all.  I recently made this green bracelet and listed it in my etsy shop BohemianIce here’ the link http://www.etsy.com/listing/67795227/green-multi-gemstone-and-pearl-bracelet

Well, I figure that I can share with you, who may be newbies to jewelry making, how to make a bracelet like this.  First, I used what’s called memory wire….it’s hard, coiled wire that can be used for making jewelry.  I like to get the good quality kind.  Snip off the amount that you want (how big a bracelet) with a, and this is very important, a not so good pair of heavy duty wire cutters…(DO NOT USE YOUR GOOD SNIPPERS OR WIRE CUTTERS…YOU’LL RUIN THEM).  Then file smooth both ends of the wire.  Next, take your round nose pliers and turn back the first end…you can add a charm here if you like.  Next, just add all of your desired beads, gemstones, pearls, etc.  Finally, finish off the finished end the same way that you did the first end. 

Happy jewelry designing!

Hand Beading Jewelry…enjoyable work…a bit of instruction

Hand beading jewelry is enjoyable work for me…maybe it’s not really work… it’s so enjoyable.  Doing this, of course, is part of my job as an artist, since I sell my jewelry at BohemianIce Etsy

This necklace, I just listed, is a Native American style beaded necklace.  I really first started with making the 1″ square beaded pendant by using waxed linen thread and using the square stitch on my selected beads.  I then used thin flexible jewelry wire to make the dangles that hang from the 1″ square…attaching them by using sterling silver crimp beads.

I then strung the 30″ necklace part on the same durable jewelry wire by adding various shape and color glass beads, paua shell beads, glass bugle beads, and large green glass bugle beads…finally attaching the pendant to the necklace using one of the large green bugle beads.

To see the listing on etsy and to get more information about this necklace, please check it out at this link  http://www.etsy.com/listing/43467236/native-american-style-hand-beaded