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Designs by pearlsandme aka Monica

Wrap around a stone

Wanted to show what I came up with for an amazing agate slice I bought here last summer! I tried to do a sort of classical piece for a colleague...
Components: Occo agate slice, sterling silver sheet, wire, chain and clasp (the last two also from Lima).


The Leather Collection

Hoping to inspire again with these... I bought a book about leather jewelry -- I figured that since I like leather so much, I might as well get...
Components: Vegetable tanned leather straps, glue, leather paint of different kinds, glass and hematite beads (LB) strung on linen cord (sandwiched between two pieces of leather), sterling silver and brass wire.


Festive earrings

I've not really had the time and energy to do any Christmas fairs or the like this year, but I decided that I might just manage a small extra stand...
Components: Copper sheet (and acrylic varnish), bronze, silver and brass wire, assorted glass beads (and some goldstone, hematite and pearls; many from LB).


Santas from the Wood

A couple of wooden beads, some steel wire, Renaissance wax, white glue and marker pen, all from my jewelry supplies. And some linen felt and sheep...


Silver versus copper

Got a surprise visit from Mimmi the other weekend: a girl I met at metals class, she sells a bit of my stuff in her shop in Norway. She wanted...
Components: 2 and 1 mm copper wire, 1, 5 and 1 mm sterling silver wire, Impression Jasper, Picture Jasper, leather cord, copper chain (all but the wire from Lima :-) ).


More seed beads and linen!

Here is my take on seed beads and linen! In the last pic you see the inspiration (the latest issue of Marie Claire, UK edition) -- there were...
Components: Black ones: waxed linen from LB, tiny seed beads really old stash, silver wire and sheet for the cap and hook. Couldn't decide how complicated a cap I wanted to bother with, so I winged it and it turned out fairly "clean". Blue-green: Toho beads and large hole Czech bead from LB, unwaxed linen local yarn shop (used beeswax on the ends!).


More goodies, that rock and pop!

I wanted the first pendant to have an organic -- or rather mineral! -- feel. I put it on a leather cord that can be about choker length, but slides...
Components: My ceramic beads, leather cord, copper for the bail of the dragonfly, and bronze for the slides. Sterling silver sheet and iron wire (and silver solder) for the second pair.


Ceramic goodies!

The school had a two-day fall holiday last week, I took two days off too, and my Mom came to visit. She brought with her a lot of goodies: ceramic...
Components: First necklace: my stoneware ceramic beads, Toho beads and jasper (LB), on waxed linen. Clasp from bronze wire, happened to be lying about. Second necklace: leather cord from LB (5 mm?), ceramic focal, slide and cord ends from bronze sheet (the ends have pieces of wire soldered on to keep them in place on the inside), textured with leaf stamp. I won't mind if this one doesn't sell, kinda liked it! Earrings: spare pair of silver tubes I made, ss wire, ceramic beads with glaze and attaching loop.


Fumed

Have to share this quick tip, despite the not too good pics. These were the earrings everyone felt lacked a bit of patina (as seen in pic 2)....
Components: Upcycled wooden beads, silver, copper and bronze wire.


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.


Leftovers

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.)


Glazed

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).


Overseas

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).


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