May 25, 2011

The Long Barrel Shape

I was attracted to this shape last night in the studio and three pieces of jewelry resulted because of it.

First, a mixed media necklace with ceramic barrel beads from Keith O'Connor. I mixed in some similarly colored lampwork glass from Ferrari Original Beads, a lampwork flower from Mermaid Glass, antiqued silver chain, and Argentium silver wire. The Pewter focal at one side is from Green Girl Studios, and the small silver wire hook clasp attaches below the pewter link. The silver charm at the right side is from Kathy Van Kleeck.



These drippy earrings have ceramic charms from Elaine Ray, and Vintaj Brass findings. The glaze on these beads has so much depth, I wanted to showcase and boosted the color in the photo a bit so you could see it better.



And this last necklace happened on accident. I have been wanting to use one of these unusual shaped pendants from Round Rabbit Extra for some time but didn't exactly know how. I pulled it out, and found a piece of half hammered thick 14g wire on my desk.  I put the ceramic focal on the wire with a coordinating Lampwork glass bead from Loupiac, hammered the other side, and added oval shaped holes, jumprings and voila! A unique focal on brass rolo chain.


9 comments:

  1. Hi Lorelei, they all look wonderful i think u could turn just about any components into something amazing

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  2. They're all so unique and different...love your creativity! Send some to my house as I have been in the worst beading funk EVER!

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  3. Beautiful designs using the barrel shape beads! I sometimes can't figure what do with that particular shape bead. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. love those earrings and the beads you used!

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  5. Oooh, I can't pick a favorite because they are all so great! I love those long beads, too. I think I need to go make long beads now :D

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  6. I'm seeing some great designs today. Always happy to see the use of slender tube beads, they are one of my favorite shapes to make at the torch.

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  7. OMG I loooooove the color on those cylinders and that flower from mermaid glass is one of my favorites they are so beautiful!

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  8. I LOVE the "accident" necklace! Great design :)

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  9. These elongated shapes are so delicious! I particular like the earrings and the pairing in the second necklace. It's like an intriguing relationship between soft, round and hard, angled. Mac vs. PC? xoxo Beth

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