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.
Category: 100 Day Challenge
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.