Lovely navy blue Dumortierite gemstone with light green crystals and sterling silver clasp.
Where has this year gone? It’s been an up and down year for me. Great at the beginning, terrible in the middle and now great at the end.
I’ve been so busy since October working on new jewelry to have for a variety of gift and craft shows where I’ve been a vendor. Many of my new designs I forgot to photograph so I have no idea what some of the designs I sold looked like. That’s O.K. with me. I’m sure I will come up with new designs for the new year.
Some of my jewelry is now shown at the Harford Artists Association Art Gallery
Right now I have gemstone necklaces, Christmas tree earrings, and a variety of metal and bead earrings and bracelets. I hope to change over to Swarovski hearts in birthstone colors and also for Valentine’s day. Throughout the year I will add birthstone color gemstone necklaces too.
I am always looking for better ways to design and make jewelry and so after a discussion with Artbeads I am changing the jumpring to a sterling silver pinch bail to make a more attractive Swarovski heart earrings. The bails really improve the look of the earrings making them look first class. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?
There are so many beads but so little time to get to know them and design them into beautiful jewelry. My latest project for the Pantone 2008 fall colors is working with Lapis lazuli. What a lovely stone with its golden pyrite spots against a dark blue background. I have finished three unique necklace/earring combinations and I want to make one more.
I try to have jewelry at various price levels so there is something beautiful for everyone, whether you want to pay under $20, less than $40, or the sky’s the limit. There’s no reason why you can’t have a lovely real gemstone necklace in your price range. I’m going to try to design a Lapis lazuli necklace for less than $30.00. I’m hoping it will have two-strands. Let’s see if that’s possible. I’ll work on that tomorrow and show you the result tomorrow night.
In my previous blog entries I previewed my recent jewelry designs based on “Shitake” and “Aurora Red” colors from Pantone’s color choices for this fall and winter.
Today I preview my jewelry design based on “Twilight Blue” which is a lovely, vibrant navy and I found the perfect dark blue beads for “Twilight Blue”. They are faceted dark blue cat’s eye beads. Between the faceting and the cat’s eye effect, these beads really do sparkle. I’ve paired them with light gray oval cat’s eye beads. Gray seems very popular right now as a clothing color. To give the set contrast, I’ve added Serpentine gemstones in a light yellow color and larger in size than the cat’s eyes. The necklace is finished with silverlined seed beads, sterling silver spacer beads, and a fine-quality TierraCast leadfree pewter toggle.
The bracelet is similarly constructed but has 4mm light blue Swarovski crystals instead of seed beads.
The earrings have sterling silver earwires, dark blue and light gray cat’s eye beads and Swarovski crystals.
To purchase these piece go to my website at CEN Studios. You may purchase the three piece set for $60.00, a savings of $7.00. Email me for instructions.
In my previous blog entry I previewed my recent jewelry designs based on the “Shitake” color from Pantone’s color choices for this fall and winter.
Today I preview my jewelry set based on “Aurora Red”–a pure red with no blue undertones. I found these tablecut beads with a copper edging with a ruby center and I thought they would be perfect for Aurora Red and they are. I put them with oval glass beads and shell beads with warm markings that are just a perfect foil for all that red. The necklace is 22 inches long and includes a couple of TierraCast copperplate “Spirit” beads which are lovely diagonal beads. I finished the necklace with a copper toggle clasp.
The bracelet is 7.75 inches long and is also finished with a copper toggle clasp.
The earrings have glass beads, including the tablecut and the shells as well as sterling silver earwires.
To purchase these pieces go to my website at CEN Studios. You may purchase the three piece set for $40.00, a savings of $7.00. Email me for instructions.