March 23, 2009

Rejuvenating My Jewels

Dreaming of Spring, and inspired by Amy Hanna's book called
Rejuvenated Jewels: New Designs for Vintage Treasures





Rejuvenated Jewels: New Designs for Vintage Treasures


I created this necklace last night. The purple and green heart pendant was sent to me by the perfectly talented Mary Harding. It just screams Spring!! And so am I, these days. It was hard to wake up yesterday to see snow in the air. After weeks of no snow, I was disappointed and a bit sad.

I think that this is a wonderful example of executing a similar design but adding a bit of my own twist. Asymmetrical design incorporating wire wrapped beads and chain up one side, and a chunkier beaded strand up the other side. Instead of three way connectors, I used a wire wrapped brass button. The design that I was inspired by, had this same ring technique in the front- instead of a large vintage ring, I used a small handmade lampwork ring from Beads of Passion.

The design in the book incorporated large faceted wire-wrapped stones up one side, and instead I used beading wire and strung Czech glass beads, bronze color seed beads, and small coins of golden pyrite. And of course, instead of a typical clasp, I created my own using a large mother -of-pearl button.


This necklace was a bit time consuming. But I did manage to put together a pair of earrings too.

They incorporate little brass buttons and faceted Amethyst briolettes that I recently got in a trade with Kristin Huston. Check out Kristin's shop and blog! She's super cool. She sent me a goodie bag Full of fantabulousness. Yes, that's a made up word but it's the one that accurately describes the beads she sent!
Trading bead stashes is a great way to clean out your stock of stuff you don't use, and sending on to someone that looks at those beads in a totally different and new way.

12 comments:

  1. Ooooh! Love everything, as usual! I've been thinking about getting that book. You may have just tipped me over the edge. :-)

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  2. You should definitely buy this book. I absolutely adore it. I can't believe I haven't seen more about it out in the online beading community. I found it on the shelf at B&N and fell in love at first site.

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  3. Beautiful! I really like the brass buttons and what you are doing with them.

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  4. Really nice lorelei! i bought a whole bag of vintage pcs on the weekend and have been dying to open it up and start!

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  5. That's one yummy necklace. I love everything about it. I think I'll take a peek at that book too.
    I bought the book Custom Cool Jewelry and have been pouring over those pages. Thanks for the recommendation for that one.

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  6. Thanks LeAnn!
    Thanks Sharon!!
    Thanks Rosanne!!!

    You guys are the best. I love your comments.

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  7. Love the necklace - it is awesome. I will have to take a look at this book.

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  8. Lorelei,
    What a beautiful necklace and what a great presentation for my heart pendant. Fabulous. Thanks so much for making me look so good.

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  9. Very pretty. It's not often you see pyrite beads.

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  10. This necklace is stunning. Do you feel like you're ready to hop on Howl's Moving Castle when you wear it? :) The lovely elements all come together perfectly, though I'm a sucker for anything that combines green and purple, lol.

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  11. Lovely jewelries! I particularly love the necklace with the purple and green heart pendant! It’s my first time here in your blog site and I fell in love right away with your jewelries! Great work by an obviously talented lady!

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  12. Hey Liz!
    Glad you stopped in! I hope you continue to check in. I do all sorts of fun things on my blog. Giveaways, Polls, artisan interviews... Sit back, enjoy and
    Stay awhile!

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