Posts Tagged silver

52 earrings: #46 Orange Jellyfish

A pair of orange borosilicate jellyfish earrings this week.

#46 Orange Jellyfish

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My main computer is away for repair so this is a phone pic, excuse colour cast!

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 45 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: #43 Steel Dusk

Sterling silver and my lampwork this time.

#43 Steel Dusk

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A pair of denim tiger beads from the free tutorial by *Naos* – the little speckles of silver and the stretched blue make me think of gaps into a starry night. They’re wire-wrapped onto little sterling dangles and have sterling earwires that are somewhat leaf-shaped.

I’ve been making a bunch of components for my earrings this week, and I also got some alcohol inks that I may be trying eventually with copper…

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 42 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: #40 Silver & Black

Lots of silver here and some black and white dotty lampwork beads of mine.

#40 Silver & Black

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Mirrored-colour dotty beads, oh my! The black in these beads is a slightly shiny metallic black. The silver rings/hoops were by Mizgeorge. I wire-wrapped my beads to hang from the hoops and made round earwires to go with them. These are striking but also light earrings.

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 39 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: #37 Magic Can Swing

A pair with a lot of motion this week!

#37 Magic Can Swing

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These have a pair of my lampwork beads in a striking silver glass that goes all shades of blue, purple, and a bit of green. They are wire-wrapped in sterling silver and swing and dangle about freely.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 36 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: #33 Bluest Blues

#33 Bluest Blues

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Been very busy so these are a simple design. These are sterling silver with a pair of my lampwork beads – ribbed bicones in transparent blue. They’re free-dangling and move easily.

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 32 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: #31 Dancers of the Upper Air

This week, the knots at the tops of these braids looked like little faces, so I went with it.

#31 Dancers of the Upper Air

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I made kumihimo braids in shades of blue and wire-wrapped them in sterling silver with some of my blue lampwork glass beads. I twisted and bound the top tassels to be like hair.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 30 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: #22 Plum Sparkle

I made this pair using some of my recent 96 coe test beads – these are the plum blue.

#22 Plum Sparkle

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They’re very shiny themselves, so I added sparkly purple Czech crystal dangles and did double wire-wrapping in sterling silver to add a little more bulk. I used long sterling earwires for these.

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I’ll be away on a sculptural borosilicate course with Jennifer Umphress this Fri-Sun, so will try and get the next pair done early and schedule my post in advance. (I am so looking forward to this!)

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 21 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: #20 Dangling Blues

This week I went with blue and silver.

#20 Dangling Blues

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I used some of my lampwork spacers in various shades of blue and made hammered sterling elongated headpins. A little blue seed bead stops the larger-holed lampwork beads from sliding off. I used some of my sterling earwires: the ball ends are hammered flat.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 19 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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Clarsach necklace

Mum plays the clarsach, so I wanted to make a clarsach focal for her Christmas necklace. It took a few goes to get something I was happy with.

Clarsach - attempt 1

First go: light grey transparent lentil with harp in tuxedo. I intended it to be hades, but used the wrong stringer :p
I got the bottom of the harp too hot and the stringer fuzzed out.

Clarsach - attempt 2

More light grey and hades, this time with white strings. It didn’t work well – the white’s so soft that it balled up too fast on the surface. Rather messy result.

Clarsach - attempt 3, front

This one nearly made it. I really like the harp shape – I used a twistie with various browns and neutrals in it. Hades for the strings and for the notes on the back. I used CiM chalcedony for the base colour, and I didn’t use this bead because I wanted something more transparent. I think you can keep chalcedony a little more translucent if you’re careful, but certain opalinos opacify on me unless I remember to put them near the front of the kiln (a lot easier when I was batch annealing!). Kryptonite does it too.

Clarsach - attempt 3, back

Showing the notes on the back. In the end I made these beads up into quick pendants by putting them on headpins and gave them to mum too, because she wanted to keep them.

Clarsach necklace

Here’s the final necklace. I used CiM peacock green – utterly beautiful colour, and one that doesn’t opacify in my kiln. I kept the harp simple and more stylised – too many strings just messes up the look. There are some musical notes around the harp. I used another of Diane’s silk ribbons, a hammered silver ring, large Greek silvered ceramic beads, sterling findings and a sterling swan neck clasp to finish it off.

Clarsach necklace, view 2

Psst, I do like WordPress’s ability to schedule posts. It lets me space them out rather than do two or three on the days I have time to write them. I only noticed it recently!

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Necklace for Carys

This is a necklace I made as a Christmas present for my boyfriend’s sister Carys.

Necklace for Carys

The lampwork beads are transparent mid blue, and the lentil focal has white stringer scrolls. I also used small blue-clear Czech crystals, Greek silvered ceramic spacers and blue silver-lined seed beads. With sterling silver findings and one of Diane’s silk strings.

Necklace for Carys - detail

I kept it simple and I think it worked really well.

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