One of the ideas behind doing the 100 Day Challenge was to go through my stash and use things that I had been hoarding for a long time. Today’s project shows that using up beads can help find others!
A few years ago, I was shopping online and bought a multi-pack of shell pendants. They came in a variety of sizes and colours, but were all carved to look like flowers. When they arrived I was thrilled with my mix of flowers, so I put them away and then promptly forgot where. I went hunting through one of my organizers the other day and lo and behold, there they were! The shell pendant on this necklace was the biggest of the bunch, maybe 2 inches in diameter or just a bit over. I matched it with rainbow moonstone chips which have a TON of blue flash to them. Of course, I had no luck getting the flashes in the moonstone to show on camera but trust me, they’re there!
When I was at the MAC Fair on Saturday, I was pleased at the amount of attention my hair accessories got. It seemed prudent to make some more, so today’s item is an alligator clip with silver grey pearls and emerald green crystals.
I bought a couple strands of white freshwater pearls online back in the winter, and hadn’t found the right project for them until now. After the MAC Fair on Saturday, I realized that I have a LOT of items in blues and greens, and not so many in the warmer colours. These pearls seemed like a good place to start, and I paired them with some hand-carved citrine teardrops. I don’t wear a lot of yellow, but I do love pairing citrines with warm browns and reds, and this necklace will be very versatile.
I had two of the silver foil-lined beads left over from yesterday, so I had to turn them into earrings. I paired them with frosted blue glass seed beads that match the blue glass beads from yesterday (they were on the same strand, as spacers between the larger beads). Nice on their own or as a set!
Sorting through more of my glass beads, I came across these two beauties. The blue rounds are frosted, with spatters of white dots on them. The silver ovals are foil-lined, and neutral to give the blue more pop. I also like the contrast between the shiny silver foil and the matte blue. I finished this bracelet with a magnetic clasp, because bracelets can be challenging to put on on one’s own.
I love buying random bead mixes, as you may have gathered. The two dark peacock pearls in these earrings came from one of those mixes, and the gold pearls on either side of them are the tail end of a strand that I’ve used elsewhere. The holes in the gold pearls are absolutely minscule, so I created links for them using fine silver wire, and finished at the bottom with delicate little spirals.
Also, pro tip: when photographing things that are reflectively shiny, wear neutral-coloured clothing. I just noticed that you can see a teeny bit of blue in the silver balls on the ear wires. That’s a reflection of the t-shirt I’m wearing today. 🙂