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Designs by pearlsandme aka Monica

What Animal...?!

In this picture, this focal reminds me of a goat (or maybe sheep), which most certainly was NOT what inspired me... The middle brown piece is in...
Components: Stained beef bone (organic and local), sterling silver (scrap, sheet and wire, all parts hand made), First one: Smoke quarz, Rock Crystal; the Czech glass is from LB. Leather cord in the second one.


Minimalist Pebble

Here's another of the stones I drilled holes in, decided to go for copper with this one (the hue of the stone itself went better with copper). I...
Components: Copper sheet (maybe 0.4 mm), sanded and patinaed. Stone from the roadside...? Leather cord (I made adjustable knots, not very sophisticated, but practical).


Hawthorn Finished

Here are some of my metal that I posted earlier in a somewhat unfinished state... now I got it incorporated into this two-lenght necklace (you...
Components: Bronze sheet (0.4 mm, but hard to saw!) for the leaf, etched, heat patinaed and waxed. Tiger jaspis (some local shop) and Toho beads (LB)on waxed linen. Copper sheet for the clasp rounds (etched and patinaed). Sari silk (LB).


Some finished pieces

I've been so busy working on many pieces at once -- now I got a whole bunch finished in one go, when I finally got all the small parts ready....
Components: Copper sheet (0.7 mm or thereabouts), various leather cords, silk cord (LB), czech glass beads (LB) and waxed cotton cord. Bronze wire for the clasp-and-chain (with silver solder -- I've decided I don't care if it doesn't match: the quality is good), and some ready-made copper cord ends in the last one. The first etching is done with masking tape, with the flowers cut out with a scalpel. The second one is scratched with a needle in silver marker (pen). The third is outline stickers: the snowflake and the hole it left! (Not entirely happy with that design, think I'll have to put another pair of rounds on the back, since they will turn. Sold it already to my room-mate at work, so I can fix it eventually...) The copper is varnished on the back, and waxed front.


Cousins

These are another pair of my dragonflies, and I've posted some of those before -- so this is really just to keep up some action here! I made these...
Components: Dragonflies: Bronze wire, 1.5 mm, fused with silver solder. (This bronze has to be annealed first thing, otherwise it is impossible to bend into any decent shape!) Ceramic beads, my own. Sodalite on waxed linen, and patinated copper chain, LB.


Lynda-inspired!

As you can see, the second pair is right off STOLEN from Lynda of Fresh Baked! To my defence, I made them after just reading at her blog about...
Components: 0.8 mm sterling silver for hooks, 2 mm (about 12 gauge) copper wire, patina, Czech glass beads.


A Little Mushroom

Here is the ring I made using some of my copper etching experiments that I posted a week and a half ago! First thought I was doming them to make...
Components: Sheet sterling silver (about 1 mm), wire, etched copper (0, 7 mm??), patina and wax for the copper.


Etching experiments

Thought I'd share some of my experiments with different etching resists (what you use to get the pattern), since many of you are keen on etching!...
Components: Copper sheet, black patina (Norit). Some of the pieces have been tumbled and waxed, others just rubbed with steel wool.


The Oak

Here is the finished piece with the oak leaf I made. I kept it simple, because the leaf is fairly small, and I don't want it to drown in detail....
Components: Bronze sheet metal 0, 4 mm: sawed, etched, hammered, patinated (Norit), and waxed (Conservators wax). And polished... Handmade findings of bronze wire. Waxed linen, 4 Toho beads to hide the knots, jaspis (all from LB, except for the chips).


Some order, please!

Here's a bit of inspiration for those that have slightly too much jewelry, and don't know how to store it (but I'm probably the only one here ;-D...
Components: Weathered plank, twigs, nails (drilled holes for the nails first).


Frosty Leaf

I too wanted to make a(nother) fall piece, but this one I kept tweaking and redoing, at least thrice, and I'm not sure I'm quite finished yet......
Components: Brass sheet metal, patinated with Norit (before etching). Vintaj chain and wire, seed beads, (most from LB), Tiger jaspis chips.


Sturdy Recycled Cuff

This is for the slightly more advanced... since I had to do quite a bit of soldering! Although one could do quite similar things just by wire...
Components: Recycled leather belt (it had somehow shrunk, to the point of being useless...), "button" thingy, 1.2 mm sterling silver wire (soldered, polished and tumbled).


Guess the material... and a necklace to match (the color)

One of my projects this summer has been to try making my own bone beads. I also got an order for some clip earrings, and thought it might be good...
Components: Bone discs made by me, Adirondack ink (LB), earclip base (bought locally), bronze wire. Necklace: jasper (impression? -- I'm SO bad with stones!), and sari silk, all LB, bronze wire.


Fall Colors

I finally got round to making a wire collar necklace! Finished it in one evening, but it took a lot of creative thinking to figure out what I...
Components: Bronze wire, 1, 6 mm. Copper sheet of some unknown thin gauge (less than 0, 5 mm definitely) from my dad's shed. Red Creek Jasper sticks I got at LB this summer, and some thin copper wire.


Recycled Jeans

Ever had a several weeks holiday away from home and the studio, and got jeweler's abstinence: the opposite of beaders block? That happened to me in...
Components: Old pair of jeans, sewing thread, Toho seed beads (LB), chain.


Something To Go With the Suede Jacket

...that was the wish of my friend. We picked these stones, and I had a bit of fun with some brass sheet metal... sawing, filing and hammering....
Components: Tiger Eye nuggets and chips (wish I remembered where I got the nuggets!), picture jasper (LB), on wire. Note that I got the idea to cover the crimp with a large hole bead! Brass sheet (lead free) and wire (1 and 0, 8 mm).


Salmon Reused

I'm posting this as inspiration -- supplies don't need to cost a fortune... also I haven't done much else, being away on holiday.

I posted a...
Components: Salmon skin (cured by me), tin can cut into shape to keep it stiff (middle layer). Waxed linen, ceramic beads, Toho beads (LB), quarz chips, fake suede lace.


Asphalt Flowers

The idea to make a kind of lariat style "clasp", with one pendant sliding through the other, just popped into my head some weeks ago. Took a while...
Components: Bronze wire, 1.5 mm, soldered, filed and polished. Czech glass beads (very large seed beads): at first I meant to make something more diverse, with stone chips, but these beads clamoured to be used alone, they are really shiny! The only item from LB in this are the copper crimp beads... but they are important!


I'm going to recycle all those bricks...

Our home is flowing over with Lego bricks: my boy and his friends love them. So I thought, why not make them necklaces of Lego... My son and two of...
Components: I drilled holes in Lego bricks, each got his favorite color. The metal rings are of soldered sterling silver (to strenghten, and avoid sharp corners). Various leather cords and lace, and some small large-hole stone beads from LB.


Favorite

Here's an example of my soldered copper (see the comments on my previous necklace), could be more coppery, but in real life you don't really...
Components: 2mm copper wire, soldered (in two steps), hammered, polished, tumbled and waxed. Ceramic bead made by me. Patinated copper chain (LB).


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