Beadwork Necklace – “Geneva Grapes”

 

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“Geneva Grapes”

I made this beadwork necklace specifically for the art exhibit at the Geneva Ohio Grape Jamboree.  I’ve been entering various pieces of my art, like my watercolors, mixed media, and photographs, in this exhibit for years.  This year I decided to enter my beadwork.  I was blessed with an honorable mention in the 3-D category.  I had hoped to do a bit better…I’m just saying.   I’m counting my blessings.

I was also blessed in another way…I sold it!  That made it all worthwhile.

A little bit about the jamboree…our area of northeastern Ohio is known for grapes and wine.  Each year Geneva, Ohio has a celebration called the Geneva Grape Jamboree.  There are vendors, food, entertainment, and the art exhibit.

Here’s how I constructed the necklace…I began by peyote bezeling my purple magnesite cabochon and adding a peyote bail, which I used two different size beads, 11’s and 8’s, to add a little whimsy.  Next, I peyote bezeled several different purple beads with 11’s and 8’s to represent grapes.  I even covered a couple of beads totally with size 11’s.   I used antiqued brass chain and filigree.  I gave the filigree a touch of patina colored paste to add a little color.  The rest was all strung on 2 lengths of jewelry wire on both sides:  Swarovski AB (aurora borealis) crystal 2 hole connectors,  alternated Swarovski AB crystal bicones 6mm and purple crystal rondelles, another Swarovski 2 hole connectors and finally I separated the 2 jewelry wires to add the “grapes” on the two separate wires.  I made my different “grape” beads all symmetric.  I then pulled the 2 wires together again to add a few more Swarovski crystals and finally attach to the filigrees using crimps.  Now, all that’s left is to attach the beaded strand to the chains.

Bezeled Cabochon

Bezeled Cabochon

"Grape" Beads

“Grape” Beads

additional "Grape" Beads

additional “Grape” Beads

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Red Crystal Earrings….loving these fire polished beads….

These are my newest creation, listed on etsy http://www.etsy.com/listing/89765821/earrings-red-creamy-faceted-ab-fire .

They are made on a sterling silver headpin and are wire wrapped on handmade sterling silver spiraled earwires.  I especially liked the new fire-polished crystal beads that I ordered and used.  I’ve never tried them before and I have to say that they are lovely colored and faceted nicely….sparkling lovely colors when you hold them to any light.  For an added finish, I added sterling silver bali-style daisy spacers and a couple of tiny seed beads.

To see these and other artisan crafted jewelry, visit my Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/BohemianIce

 

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New Line of Hammered Metal Earrings and Pendants

I recently listed these new copper earrings on my BohemianIce etsy.  I am starting a new line of hammered metal earrings and pendants in copper, sterling silver and brass.  I really enjoy working with metal…the bending, twisting, hammering, wrapping….to me, it’s all fun.  This pair is made in a zigzag shape….these and most of my earwires are handmade (I have a few manufactured ones left, but I like making my own).  I wire wrapped Swarovski Crystal Rivoli’s on this pair and hammered the copper for texture and sparkle.

To get a better view of these earrings, click here  http://www.etsy.com/listing/70853479/contemporary-styled-copper-earrings-with

Anyone interested in special ordering or wholesale for shops, contact me at bohemianice@gmail.com

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

Big Summer Blowout – Prices Reduced at Bohemian Ice Jewelry Etsy

At Bohemian Ice Jewelry Etsy, many prices have been reduced for the End of Summer Blowout…..necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.  Also, I am happy to announce that the shipping fees have changed to $2.00 on first item…$0 on the rest of the items in your order.  Yes, that’s only a total of  $2.00 shipping on any order.  So, have a look at my artisan bling.  Satisfaction guaranteed.

Having a Work Space is a Great Thing For Any Artist

Having a work space is a great thing for any artist….but, not everyone can afford dedicating a good portion of their “space” for use in their art or craft.  I have been blessed recently with moving all of my art paraphernalia, from the back room and from a bunch of nooks and crannies all around the house, to the nice sized middle room in my house.  My sweet husband, had a suggestion of moving around the rooms in our house, so that I could have a whole room to myself for painting, photography, jewelry making, and all the other artsy stuff I do.  After all, this is my life’s work….and I love it and it’s great having a place for all of my stuff.

It was a lot of work moving things around, but we got it done and I just love it.  I have a work table and my jewelry making table off in the corner near the two windows….outside the windows, we have huge rhododendrium outside covering the whole window but still letting light in….these stay green year round and have big beautiful pink blooms in the spring.  Our wood stove is in this room, so it has to stay, but it’ll be nice and cozy in there during the cold weather.

On the other side of the room, I have my two large cabinets to store a whole lot of things….it’s so nice to be able to find things again.  I actually know where everything is now.

As I said, it’s nice having a work space of your own, but not everyone can have one.  I know myself, there was a time where I had things stuffed into big tupperware containers jammed into corners.  I guess the biggest advantage to having your own art space is that you can start a project and leave the project for a while, without having to put everything away each time your take a break from it…..and knowing where you put things …having some sort of organization is wonderful.

First, if you don’t have your own room, the best thing to do is to try to organize everything into categories and separate with different storage containers.  Next, if you can spare even a small part of a room (that is out of the way of traffic) or even a closet, try using this smaller area the best that you can.  Once you get organized, it makes things easier and more enjoyable.