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Designs by pearlsandme aka Monica

Sand Flower

I got flu again today. Wasn't it enough that I had a three-day flu last week (and went to work, stupid me)? Stayed home and needed something really...
Components: Mother-of-pearl chips, agate (some of them are actually striped, otherwise it doesn't look like agate to me), my own striped ceramic beads, Toho beads and hemp cord from Lima. For the clasp: sterling silver sheet and wire, bronze sheet (solder and patina).

Recycled, re-designed

These came about as a consequence of my studio cleaning. The first pair I planned as something quickly thrown together, with the agates on top of a...
Components: First pair: sterling silver wire 0.8 and 1 mm, sheet silver, very thin (rolled it at the metal class, haven't measured), soldered into a tube, (Botswana?) agate. Second pair: wooden beads, copper wire, sterling silver wire 0.8 mm.

The Coffee measuring spoon, and the new order

Here is the spoon producing the leftover slice in my previous design! Had to try out my new big dapping punch -- and found out that I'd really need...
Components: Sturdy copper sheet (1 and 2 mm I think) and patina for the spoon.


Like Fresh Baked, I haven't got much done jewelry-wise lately. There is even one lady who ordered a necklace that is somewhat complicated to make,...
Components: Copper details by me (the pendant thing was a leftover from a measuring spoon for ground coffee which I experimented with -- ended up a bit too small), Red Jade, a very interesting silk yarn probably made of scrap fabric or thread, Toho beads on the yarn, leather lace, bone bead by me as button.

Blank Space

Made this already in June, but haven't had time to post it! Started off with the pendant and chain, had planned on the pendant to have clearer...
Components: Copper sheet (1 mm) and wire (2 mm for the chain), silver solder and patina (Norit). Linen thread, re-purposed pearls (found at a sort of flea market), sea glass and Czech glass beads (LB).

Fish Tails

Looking at Rocknitjewelry's handmade beadcaps, I suddenly remembered that I made some too, back in February I think (but I don't claim to have...
Components: Large onyx beads (Lima), sterling sheet and wire. (Solder, patina, etc.)


To round off, a completely different technique, which I've wanted to try for some time, but it took a while to get there (a bit like the...
Components: Copper blanks (by me, of course), torch-fired glass enamel, balled copper wire and sterling silver hooks for the first, balled sterling silver wire and titanium hooks for the second.

Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age

Now I'll depart from the metalwork for a moment, and post a few pieces I just finished. I started on the beads already at Easter, when visiting...
Components: My own ceramic beads, leather cord and lace, balled-up brass and copper wire, 1 mm iron wire, a few Toho beads, titanium hooks.

A Gift

Since Lynda (of Fresh Baked) posted her bezel set pendants, I'm going to post my prong set one, although it is a bit beyond beading... Got the...
Components: Found stone (might be chalcedony, since it was from a chalk mine?), 1 mm sheet sterling silver, 1.5 mm silver wire, thinner sheet silver for the slides, leather cord.

Insect Life

A quick post to show what I made of the friend of the butterfly bracelet I posted some months ago. This dragonfly was in the same etching bath, but...
Components: Etched sheet copper, 14 grammes 1 mm sheet sterling silver for the pendant, and some more but much thinner, and wire (1.2 mm), for the clasp. Waxed linen to fasten to the leather cord. Patina (Norite).


I've been incredibly busy making jewelry for seven days a row, at metal class! A bit odd luxury holiday... and incredibly hard work too! Now I've...
Components: Sea glass (Lima -- isn't it gorgeous?!), the odd pearl, 1 mm patinated copper wire, titanium hooks (my own).

In a Hurry

I realized that I'd been neglecting my sales at the hairdressers for a couple of months, and since I'd actually sold a few pieces there, I figured...
Components: 1.5 mm bronze wire, soldered to close the swirls -- closed all jump rings by soldering too. Heat patina and wax (figured that since it darkens over time, I might as well make it like that to start with...). Bronze sheet for the tube "beads". Dark blue leather cord (too harsh light shows it off badly). Toho beads and Ocean jasper (LB) on unwaxed linen (really!, found it in a local store, the exact nuance as one of my waxed ones from Lima -- waxed just the ends myself).

Souvenirs in Resin

I finally got my act together and made these resin earrings, despite the mess... As someone might remember, I was given a bag of oyster (or some...
Components: Shells, resin (LB), artistic wire (LB) for the coils, 0.8 mm sterling silver wire for the wrap and hooks.

Too long

I meant these to be everyday earrings, but found they were unpractically long. They just don't go with scarves at this time of year. (I need the...
Components: Sterling silver wire 0.8 mm, Czech glass (LB). I soldered a short piece of wire melted at both ends, and bent into an omega shape to use as a lock, down there just above the bead. It actually works!

The simplest design...

I've wanted to explore other ways to make earrings than the usual hook-and-dangle design, and now that I can test them on myself, I can really dig...
Components: 0.8 mm sterling silver wire, glass beads.

A Practical Ring is a Practical Thing

Very unlike me, I'll post yet another piece on the same day! This ring I made for my hairdresser, who likes chunky rings, but they have to be...
Components: Brass sheet (0.7 mm?), sawed, filed and sanded, annealed and embossed, and bent and hammered into shape.

Earrings for me...

I got my ears pierced at the beginning of March... again! The first time around I was 10, but then I turned allergic to all earring metals I had,...
Components: Titanium wire 0.8 mm for the ear hooks. No. 1: hammered brass wire, coffee stained lambs bone (Easter dinner leftovers!), Czech glass beads. No. 2: Sterling silver wire 1 and 1.2 mm, jasper beads. No. 3: just the titanium wire riveted onto pieces of stained and waxed bone, silicon stoppers.

Ash Monday

This necklace will probably forever remind me of funerals. I had been planning it for a long time -- weeks, and just got started on doing some...
Components: Sterling silver sheet and wire, my own ceramic beads, turritella agate (LB), leather lace. Titanium wire for the ear hooks.

Oh No, Not Another Favorite Bracelet...

...and don't ask me for all the details of how I riveted it together, because this was again one of those "OK, this is how to NOT do it!" pieces! I...
Components: Soft iron binding wire 2 mm, copper sheet 0.7 mm, 18 ga copper wire for rivets (Lima, actually!), Swellegant sealant for the copper, wax for the iron.

Stringing -- and re-stringing

Trying to come up with a bracelet matching the lariat "to go with the Suede" which I posted last fall. I had most of the beads, added some square...
Components: Tiger eye of various shapes, some from Lima (at least the bigger and better :-) ), tiny Picture Jasper (Lima), brass wire 1.5 mm, brass sheet.

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