Archive for March, 2013

52 earrings: #13 Lilac & Lime

I’ve been making these little beaded charm beads during my lunch breaks: the tutorial is Charm Bead Spacers by Lynn Davy. They’re a good project if you just have a little bit of time for crafting!

#13 Lilac & Lime

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First of all I was playing about putting them straight on some headpins with sparkly green crystals – they looked nice that way, but maybe a little more baroque than my style?

Then I wondered if they’d fit on my pvc rubber tubing – they are charm beads, after all. With the beads I used, they fit on 2mm tubing – going up a size with the seed beads should get them to fit on the 3mm, I reckon. I have some pretty lilac frosted tube that looks nicely springlike combined with the green. I made teardrop shapes from the tube and brass wire so that the beads have the hole horizontally. I double-wrapped the tops and put them on brass earwires. I like these!

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I’ve been making more of the charm beads in other colour combinations, too. I imagine they will feature in more of my earrings…

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 12 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #12 Spring Green

Something quick and simple this week, since I’ve been very busy!

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I made this pair of green lampwork beads some time ago – I used copper ball-ended headpins for the dangles and earwires, and there we are! The green is CiM poison apple, a lovely bright opal green.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 11 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #11 Droplets

This design has been sitting around half-finished for some time – the copper washer needed tidying up and I hadn’t got round to it. I did a batch of them recently: annealed, pickled, textured with a hammer, drilled holes and then tumbled to make them very very shiny. These ones I used a ball pein hammer to texture.

#11 Droplets

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The drops are borosilicate glass by Unicorne Beads in the US. We have a supplier over here, so I got them at a bead fair some time ago. They do these drops in all sorts of colours – it was hard to choose, but I’m a sucker for tealy blues! I made a pair of copper ball-ended earwires to go with them.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 10 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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