Today’s item is a simple necklace made with magnesite. In nature, magnesite is white with grey streaks and lines through it. Because of this and the fact that it takes dye well, it is often dyed a rainbow of colours. In particular, it is dyed turquoise, and ends up looking remarkably similar to real turquoise, but at a fraction of the cost. This necklace features both white and dyed blue magnesite, making it colourful and harmonious.
These beads are a fairly recent purchase, from an online sale a few months ago. They’re spaced with small round silver-filled beads, and finished with a small, simple silver-filled toggle clasp. I like how straightforward this looks, which I often find means it will go with a variety of things. I think of this with a boho-style top and flared pants, or jeans and a slouchy grey sweater.
I love reading creative people’s blogs. It’s a lot of fun to see other crafters at work, get a glimpse of their studios, or read about the other goings-on in their lives. One blog I recently came across announced a 100 Day Challenge. Her plan was to create a new item every day (she was a knitter or crocheter) using only materials she already had on hand. I thought about the rather extensive stash in my studio, and how I could do the same. It is a great project for me: I am like a magpie in my obsession for collecting shiny things, and while I sometimes have a project in mind when I buy beads, I don’t always. I have plenty of strands & parts that I love but don’t have a plan for. It’ll be a great opportunity to revisit some favourites that haven’t gotten the love they deserve.
The plan is this: Each day, I will make something. It might be a necklace, earrings, a hair accessory, anything that moves me that day. I’ll take a picture, and while they may not be the best photos, they’ll get the idea across. I’ll do proper photos when time and weather allows. I’ll also tell a story about the item, the components, and why I’ve been hanging onto them for so long.
My first day’s project is a familiar one: a full set of the Vintage by Drakestail single-strand jewellery, in black. I started here for a reason – I’ll be donating it as an auction prize for the Beads For Wishes event on March 4th. It will be a great event, and it’s for a worthy cause, the Children’s Wish Foundation. I have these Swarovski pearls and stardust beads on hand for Vintage orders, and they’re a recent part of my stash.