Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Jewelry Repair

I just received these crosses in a jewelry lot I bid on. I was disappointed to see that they were missing their bails. The crosses were so pretty and ornate, I thought they were worth salvaging so I looked through my box of parts and discovered a brass tone bail that I bought at Thunderbird Supply when I was in New Mexico last year. The other bails I found at JoAnn Fabrics jewelry section. I adhered both of them using some E6000 glue.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Beaded Easter Necklace DIY

I love going through my boxes of beads and pendants to find the perfect match for whatever necklace I am working on. Here, I've selected an enamel bunny rabbit and decided to match the red eyes in the pendant with some little red seed beads I had. I needed to go to Michael's so with coupon in hand, I chose some fresh water pearls. I chose a sturdy beading wire for this project: 7 strand Nylon Coated .012 wire was used. The bunny pendant had gilded gold trim so I used gold tone spacer beads and finishing clasps. I keep both silver tone and gold tone on hand.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Jewelry Making With Beads and Pendants

I love to hunt for old jewelry parts to make new jewelry. I bring them home and take them apart and then pair the pendants with new and old beads to make a necklace. For this project I used some old beads from a broken necklace, a puffy acrylic heart pendant, pink seed beads (that I bought on sale, of course!) and some little silver colored glass tube beads. As you can see, I didn't use the large hot pink beads, I opted for some smaller white glass ones instead. I try not to get too hung up on the pattern or order of how I string my beads, as long as there is somewhat of a balance of colors used.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Making Necklaces

I just love taking apart old jewelry and organizing all my beads by color. I just loved making these choker necklaces and then married them with vintage jewelry!

Friendship Bracelets

I can't get enough of friendship bracelets! So many designs and color choices, mix, match, trade!! I paired them up with some vintage jewelry...so much fun!!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

Permanent Botanicals

I enjoyed creating these paper flowers to decorate my jewelry displays for a show. In fact, my customers enjoyed them so much, they purchased them along with my jewelry!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Paper Flowers

I love love making these flowers from vintage millinery fabric and paper! I've given them as gifts to accompany my vintage jewelry.