I have been busy with Mary’s Treasure and finally have some pieces of jewellery to present. The pictures are my usual poor quality but I am working on that with the help of BeadGem and Beading Daily. These blogs have both recently featured articles on how to photograph jewellery and this will probably be my personal challenge over the Christmas break.
You will find below five different ‘looks’ which have developed naturally as I cut and sorted the original nine necklaces. The white necklace is proving stubborn to dismantle and I am considering ways to use it as it is but jazz it up, and the Haematite and Pearl twisted choker I like so much as it is that I still have not dismantled it (and probably won’t unless I get some really incredible inspiration). I still have loads of beads left over and I will continue to make more necklaces, bracelets etc, but in the meantime I hope you like the few bits that I have made so far:
The choker on the left is made from 5 and 6mm black faceted beads that were spacers in one of Mary’s necklaces. I have added 4mm silver beads to add a bit of drama. It is a simple design, but very effective on the neckline, with a bit of sparkle and understated elegance.
The glass beads in this set caught my imagination immediately, they were not obvious in the original necklace, but I felt that they are beautiful and deserved to be a focal point of a very simple necklace set. The beads are clear glass decorated in blue, green, and gold. I have set them in the necklace with black faceted and plain gold round beads and it is all hung on a double strand of gold coloured beading wire.
The colours in this bracelet are vibrant and varied and made a lovely multi-strand bracelet. I have used small Haematite tube beads as spacers to give a little sparkle against the quite matt finish of the acrylic beads. Even the haematite came from Mary’s collection and I am pleased that I have been able to create something so very different to the necklace’s that originally held these beads.
I made this pendant to show off the gorgeous colours of the beads and also to show that bead jewellery does not have to be bead heavy in order to make a statement. This type of pendant would look fantastic over a black PoloNeck jumper, and I think I will try to make a smaller version for earrings which would just complete the look.
The large twisted green beads are wonderfully shaded in a variety of hues and just called out to have a seasonal theme. I made the beady bead from my stash to try out the bicone embellishment, not really thinking about the colours and when I had finished I just knew that it had to go with Mary’s green twisted beads. Not only are the colours so traditionally Christmas, but my favourite colours are Red and Green so if I still have this necklace at Christmas then it will definitely be around my neck as I quaff a little Christmas cheer with friends.
I will continue to reinvigorate old jewellery as it is becoming a passion, and it feels so good to breath new life into gems and beads that can give pleasure all over again.