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Designs by pearlsandme aka Monica

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).


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.


"Freewire" Embossing

I'd always figured you needed a rolling mill to do texture, or stamps or texturing hammers... Not so! I don't think I'm the first one embossing...
Components: Leather strap 2 cm wide, copper sheet 0, 7 mm, 1.5 mm copper wire for the rivets, magatama glass beads, waxed linen.


Etching tute

Here it is, showing several of my resist methods, including the laser printer ink.
Components: Copper blanks, ink jet sheets, etchant, tape.


Green in Snow

Fresh out of the camera... a pair of... recycled test tube caps (of the non-disposable old-fashioned kind). Thrown out as rubbish from work, but...
Components: Test tube caps of anodized aluminium, cut to shape with metal scissors, domed with punch and block, filed and sealed with Swellegant (LB). Silver wire, 0.8 mm. Czec beads, Toho seed beads (LB).


Headpin Spin

A friend rootled through my stash one evening (quite some time ago...), and found that jasper slab: "hey, do a necklace for me with this!". I had a...
Components: Red Creek Jasper, Toho beads, Vintaj chain (LB). Brass wire, 1 mm, for headpins and all of the earring parts. Patina (black oxide). I kept the dangles on the necklace so they can slide, and you can adjust the length without making it all lopsided.


Help! What's this stone?

All you stone experts out there! Any idea what this is? I drilled a few stones for a girl at work, and her mother got interested, and sent me a...
Components: Unknown stone, 1.5 mm bronze wire, silver solder, boiled egg used to patinate the bronze (I didn't want to risk getting the black oxide I usually use onto the stones) -- again one of those things I should have taken photos of, but didn't! Patinated copper chain from LB.


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