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Designs by Claire C

Wisam's Choice

An exotic girlfriend from Iraq was having a birthday, and I made these to go with a wild pair of green and blue zebra striped strap shoes she got...
Components: These earrings are made with great silver designer beads I found on sale and a pair of green yellow jade oval beads combined with smaller round blue lapis. I repeated the silver color between the two colored beads to give more unity to the design. Because the large bead is hollow, it is lightweight.


I happened to have these beads remaining from previous projects and decided to put them together in a strand in a random manner as the spirit led...
Components: 24 inches of beading wire, assorted beads of choice, clasp and crimp beads.

Valentine's Day Token

Red is a great power color, and I wanted to make a fun necklace to wear that matched my purse. That was the inspiration. I found the fat spacer...
Components: Silver plated pendant, clasp, and spacers, red coral beads, beading wire and crimp beads.

Joy and Despair

Red and black, two highly charged symbolic colors trigger strong emotion. The red is energetic and vital, the black is mysterious but may be...
Components: Black and red simulated gemstones, silver plated findings and spacers, onyx pendant. Construction is simple, straight forward. A terrifically versatile design which enhances the wearer over the necklace.

California Sage

Tribute to Vince. This necklace is made for Vince Di Mura, resident composer at Princeton University and the best pianist I know, who gives me...
Components: Black Onyx, Green Jade, silver plated spacer beads and findings with large agate pendant.

Valentine's Day

I told my friend Adrian, who is the parking attendant at my bank, that I would give him a gift for his wife on Valentine's Day. He loved this one...
Components: Rose and black quartz with silver plated findings.

Morning Glory

This fresh combination of an opaque with a transparent bead makes a soft feminine statement in these beautiful colors. Deceptively simple, it took...
Components: Aquamarine, faceted green quartz, silver plated spacers.

Monica's Lure

Inspired by a family photo, including my cousin's college student daughter, training for teaching; she was wearing these colors. Made earrings to...
Components: Turquoise, onyx, and variety of silverplated beads I found in my stash.


Contemplating cars, I came across this beautiful rendering of the Fusion. Though I usually stick to analogous colors, this time I contrasted the...
Components: Lapis, brown andalucite, lapis, silver plated beads with an oval bead in denim lapis.

Kate's Surprise

My little niece inspired this necklace and now wears it. I love it on her since it brings out her blue eyes and fits well. Her dress echos the...
Components: Malachite, Black Onyx, and silver plated beads with imported decorative center bead. Second photo is dyed jade, pink pearls, and stainless pendant.

Christmas Remembrance

It's Christmas, and I made this as a gift to celebrate the season. It will go to a woman who is involved in the church and helping others. She is...
Components: Moonstone, lapis, silver plated spacers and findings. Stainless steel cross.

Purple Harmony

The beauty of the stones alone inspired this necklace. I love it because it has a warm elegance. My cousin wears it and "Loves it, loves it,...
Components: Amethyst, quartz, adventurine, and a variety of silver plated decorative metal beads.

Shallow Waters

I combined this pretty blue green with a smaller brown stone to make a simple, pleasing and versatile necklace. I love it because it fees so good...
Components: Natural stone beads with silver plate findings. Bought these turquoise and brown stones at a bead fair.

Violet Request

The piece was made for a friend's grand daughter who is fair skinned with auburn hair. Her favorite color is violet, so I designed this...
Components: Iridescent transparent faceted blue and blue violet beads, transparent aqua quartz beads, opaque round violet 8mm beads, and silver accents and findings.

Daddy Longlegs

This piece was inspired by the pendant I picked up at a local bead fair, the first bead fair I have attended. With it I assembled stones I thought...
Components: A pendant made of a silver fitting and opaque black and pink stones. Included are translucent pink, smokey quartz, and silver colored beads and findings..

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