Category: 100 Day Challenge

100 Day Challenge: Day 83. Glass beaded bracelet.

While I love working with gemstone beads, I also work with a fair amount of glass as well.  These lovely rectangles are frosted clear glass with teal, mustard, and brown swirling around them.  I picked them up at a local store that, sadly, has moved away from carrying beads.  It’s a very fun casual bracelet, and the simple kind of design that I favour.

100 Day Challenge: Day 83. Glass beaded bracelet by Drakestail Jewellery.  www.drakestail.com
100 Day Challenge: Day 83. Glass beaded bracelet by Drakestail Jewellery. www.drakestail.com

100 Day Challenge: Day 82. Amethyst dagger necklace.

These amethyst daggers are a bit bigger than the beads that I usually use, but the colour in them is so bold that they were hard to turn down.  They’re irregularly shaped and very organic looking, so I wanted to let them speak for themselves.  I sorted through then entire strand by size, graduating from longest in front to shortest in back.  I have a few silver-coloured glass seed beeds through the necklace here and there, to add a little shine, and I think this piece turned out great.  It’s finished with a silver-filled toggle clasp.

100 Day Challenge: Day 82. Amethyst dagger necklace, by Drakestail Jewellery. www.drakestail.com
100 Day Challenge: Day 82. Amethyst dagger necklace, by Drakestail Jewellery. www.drakestail.com

100 Day Challenge: Day 81. Aventurine and agate bracelet.

In yesterday’s bracelet, I used two different types of aventurine.  This time, I’m using more of the large, dark peach aventurine beads, and using an agate bead as the focal.  I have no idea what kind of agate this is, but it has great purple, peach, and white splotching on it, and makes me think of clouds at sunset.  I think the pairing goes fantastic together.  How about you?

100 Day Challenge: Day 81. Aventurine and agate bracelet by Drakestail Jewellery.  www.drakestail.com
100 Day Challenge: Day 81. Aventurine and agate bracelet by Drakestail Jewellery. www.drakestail.com

100 Day Challenge: Day 80. Peach aventurine bracelet.

I definitely feel like I have been neglecting bracelets during this challenge.  I’ve done significantly fewer of them than necklaces or earrings.  Today, I made another bracelet, this one using two different beads in peach aventurine.  The first are tiny 4mm beads that are slightly translucent and have a wonderful tangerine colour.  The other are bigger 8mm beads, and are darker orange and opaque.  I accented them with silver spacers, including a neat focal that I got in a random bead mix and have wanted to use for ages.  It’s the same size as the darker aventurines, and adds some neat texture to the solid coloured gemstone beads.

100 Day Challenge: Day 80. Peach aventurine bracelet, by Drakestail Jewellery.  www.drakestail.com
100 Day Challenge: Day 80. Peach aventurine bracelet, by Drakestail Jewellery. www.drakestail.com

100 Day Challenge: Day 79. Turquoise and smoky quartz bracelet.

I got this big green turquoise nugget as a part of a set of coordinating beads.  I used the other beads in some other projects, but could never decide to do with this bead.  It’s chunky and textured and a great colour, and it took me ages to figure out what to put with it.  Turns out, it needed to go with some smoky quartz chips and a great silver toggle clasp.

100 Day Challenge: Day 79. Turquoise and smoky quartz bracelet, by Drakestail Jewellery. www.drakestail.com
100 Day Challenge: Day 79. Turquoise and smoky quartz bracelet, by Drakestail Jewellery. www.drakestail.com

100 Day Challenge: Day 78. Three pearl drop pendant.

Over the years, I have accumulated a lot of pearls.  I’ve found some in random bead grab bags, I’ve bought random grab bags of just pearls, and sometimes there’s one or two left over from a strand.  I store them all together for a time when I need just one or two.  Today, I decided to dig into my random pearl stash and make a pendant with them.  I settled on these three, because I love how their colours – gold, green, and a rich bronze – give the necklace a great autumn feel, and the graduating sizes give the pendant a nice overall shape.

Three pearl drop pendant on silver filled chain, by Drakestail Jewellery. www.drakestail.com
100 Day Challenge: Day 78. Three pearl drop pendant.
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