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Designs by pearlsandme aka Monica

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).


On the Shore

A slightly overloaded version of my seashell design... or just a party piece! (Tried to put it on to work, but -- no...). The brass solder is oddly...
Components: Soldered brass heart of 1.5 mm wire, shells from a holiday at the Danish coast, some thinner brass wire, handmade clasp, leather cord and iolite chips (LB).


Shiny Two

...and here are the matching earrings! Lousy photo, but the only one I have, I'm afraid. Same idea as the bracelet, only different sized discs.
Components: Same copper sheet etc. as the bracelet, but sterling silver wire. No fusing involved, only drilling!


Shiny Copper

This (again) started out with the thought "wonder how difficult that would be?" Turned out -- not incredibly! Got a tool punching discs out of...
Components: Copper sheet, around 0.5 mm, copper wire, pearls (total blank what they are called right now...). Punched discs, drilled holes, hammered into shape, polished. Fused the larger jump rings, since I found they could snap open. Also first tried to wax the copper, but it didn't seem to be enough protection, so I spray varnished it (acrylic), hope that works.


Souvenir

Oh the joy of combining the strength and stability of fused wire with the charm of wire wrapping! (The fused part is at the bottom of the pebble,...
Components: Beach pebble, seashell... Brass wire, maybe 1, 2 mm, and some much thinner, maybe 0, 3 mm, and fusing brass. Leather cord from LB.


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