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Designs by Sonja J

Hearts for All Seasons

I wanted to make something romantic, yet sophisticated and easy to wear year round, not just on Valentine's Day-after all, love isn't restricted to...
Components: Sterling Silver Round Wire: 16 and 24 Gauge; Hammered Sterling Earwires; Small Oval Sterling JumpRings; Medium Round JumpRings; Pink/Rose Quartz AAA Grade Briolettes


Golden Splendor

This piece started with the gorgeous Artisan lampwork lily bead by Leah Nietz(Sandfireartglass), made with reactive glass for beautiful depth and...
Components: Goldfilled Wire-Square: 20 and 22 Gauge, Round: 18 Gauge; Hill Tribes Gold Vermeil (Gold over Sterling Silver-in this case, the silver is 97-99% pure silver.)Round Chain; AAA Grade Hand Faceted Amethyst Nuggets; 8-10mm Swarovski Crystal Pearls in Creamrose; Leah Nietz Artisan Lampwork Lily focal.


Summer Clusters

This set is the result of me trying to think up simple and somewhat classic type pieces that have a lower overhead for me, so that I can sell them...
Components: Solid Copper Wire: 18, 24, 26 gauge; Solid Copper: Chain in 2 styles, (one for the necklace, the other for the tassel earrings) Headpins, JumpRings, Eyepins, Wrapped Earwires, Toggle Clasp (I hammered it a bit for texture) Pink Tourmaline: Rondelles, Round Dye Enhanced Beads; AAA Grade Rose Quartz Briolettes in two sizes; Tierracast (?) Cones


Roses in Springtime

I have a few gorgeous Hill Tribes Rose Gold Vermeil Pieces (Gold over Sterling Silver) and the pendant inspired me to try and find components I...
Components: Rose Gold Filled Wire: HALF HARD 18, 20, 24 gauge. DEAD SOFT 28 gauge; Hill Tribes Rose Gold Vermeil: Pendant, Links taken from chain to make JumpRings; Rhodochrosite: Nuggets, Faceted Rounds; Soft Creamy Biwa Stick Pearls; Rose Gold Plated Chain


Sunny Citrine

This piece started with the Citrine chain I made in spare moments. I linked each link to the former one, then made the wrapped loop and continued...
Components: Solid Copper Wire: 18 Gauge, 24 Gauge; Brazilian Citrine Rounds with Largish Holes; Silk Ribbon; Titanium Drusy Agate Pendant in a Golden Color


Celtic Amethyst

My first attempt at "wire weaving" yielded the pendant. It's not perfect, but I felt it had a quirky charm to it, and a bit of a Celtic feel, hence...
Components: Solid Copper Wire: 18, 26 gauge; Colored Copper Wire: 26 Gauge; Amethyst Beads and Drops; Solid Copper Bali Style bead caps; Vintage Solid Copper Rollo Chain; Solid Copper JumpRings; TierraCast links; Copper Flower link


Simplicity in Stone

Everything except the turquoise beads, I made myself! I wanted to make something to really showcase the double-drilled Santa Rosa Turquoise piece,...
Components: Solid Copper Round Wire: 20, 18, 16, 12 gauge; Genuine Turquoise Tube beads; Genuine Santa Rosa Turquoise Double Drilled Large Bead.


Sparkling Beach

Another set made for my soon-to-be Mama-in-Law, I gave it to her on Easter. I wanted a Summery theme with a color combo she could wear with...
Components: Sterling Wire:Round 20 Gauge, Square 14 Gauge; Bali Sterling: Hollow Fish Bead, Toggle Clasp, filigree-esque beads; Hill Tribes Silver: fish bead, wrapped Bicone spacers; Sterling: Earwires, Round Chain; Swarovski crystal: beads, baroque drops, and pendant


A Touch of Sparkle

These beads are absolutely gorgeous in person! I got lucky and managed to buy one strand of them when I had to go to a dr's evaluation out of town....
Components: Solid Copper Artisan made Earwires, Solid Copper Wire round 26 Gauge; Solid Copper JumpRings; Blue Topaz rough cut top drilled (Briolette style) nuggets with a thin titanium coating on some sides.


Eyes on The Ocean

These were made to match my "Treasures of the Earth and Sea" necklace, and feature herringbone wrapped Teal Chalcedony and Blue Quartz Briolettes....
Components: Solid Copper Wire round 18 or 20 Gauge. ( I think 20, but not 100% sure, I forgot which I used.) Teal Faceted Chalcedony Rondelles; Blue Quartz Briolettes; Solid Copper jump rings; Artisan Solid Copper Earwires from online


Treasures of the Earth and Sea

Another piece that took awhile to make, this one features a lot of wrapped components, including an undrilled pale turquoise piece of genuine beach...
Components: Solid Copper round wire in 12, 20, 22, and 24 gauge; Solid Copper square wire in 21 gauge; Solid Copper JumpRings, Solid Copper Cones and Clasp; Mother of Pearl Flower Pendant; 2 Gaea Ceramic Faceted Beads; Small Mint/Pistachio colored Freshwater Pearls; 2 Mother of Pearl Rounds; Faceted Teal Chalcedony Rondelles; Undrilled Geode Slice; Undrilled Palest Turquoise Beach Glass Piece; Lapis Rectangle bead; 2 Patterned Copper Soldered rings; Sari Silk in Blue/Turquoise/Teal.


Green Scene

The matching earrings for "Into the Wild GREEN Yonder." The Earwires are from a handmade artisan through a Jewelry making website. One pair...
Components: Solid Copper: Earwires, JumpRings, Brushed Copper Center Drilled Discs; Artisan Copper Wire 16 Gauge; Malachite Coins; Peridot Rounds


Into the Wild GREEN Yonder

This one took awhile, too. I like to think it's 'Asymmetrically Symmetrical.' The swirly links were made using a technique from the book "The...
Components: Solid Copper wire 12 Gauge; Artisan Copper wire 16 Gauge; Solid Copper Center Drilled Brushed Disks, JumpRings, and thin Eyepins; Artisan Lampwork Focal and two Large Green Rondelles; Peridot Rounds; Malachite Coins


Peacock Queen

This piece took the better part of yesterday to complete, mainly because of how many homemade pieces were involved. The pendant inspired the look...
Components: Artisan Copper Parawire: 18, 20, 24, 26 Gauge; Solid Copper: Eyepins, Etched Pillow Beads, Chain-2 Types, Small Washer-like rings, JumpRings; TierraCast: Central ring, Sunburst Rings on sides, Medium Tiny floral Rings( including the one used as the eye part of the clasp); Gaea Pendant from 2004; Silky Tassel; Leather Lace in Teal; Square-ish Peacock Pearls; Large holed Pearls in Bronzish and Greenish shades; Two Aquamarine Teardrop beads


Blooming Through

It was cold and rainy the night I worked on this piece, and it made me think of all the places where it must still be icy/snowy, and the little...
Components: Hill Tribe: Flower Beads, Small BeadCaps, Tiny Molten Spacers, Rosebud bead; Bali Sterling: Central Twisted Ring, 2-Strand Hook Clasp, Large Beadcaps; Sterling Round Wire 20 Gauge; Sterling Oval JumpRings; Sterling Chain-3 Styles; Moonstone rounds in Graduated Sizes, smooth and faceted; "Rock Crystal" aka Quartz Faceted Rounds; Blue Kyanite Round and Stick Beads; Etched Shell Pendant; 3 tiny Aquamarine rounds ( 2 are hidden inside the Rosebud, so that the 3rd can show at the bottom.)


Moody Blues

This piece is the second piece I made last night using my new Vintaj supplies, and boy, was it a hassle! The smoky blue Chalcedony Square beads...
Components: Vintaj: Floral Centerpiece, Connectors, Tiny Peanut Chain, Parawire in 22/24 Gauge, Eyepins, JumpRings, Patinas in Onyx, Quartz, and Verdigris; Smoky Blue Chalcedony Square Faceted Graduated Size Beads and Briolette; Blue Quartz Briolettes; Silk Ribbon from LimaBeads


Midieval Summer

I got some new Vintaj pieces, and this piece just sprang to mind. The Patina is a Mix of Vintaj Patinas in Topaz, Cinnabar, and Quartz. The chain...
Components: 30's-50's Vintage Deco Etched Brass Chain; Vintaj: Patinas; Filigree BeadCaps, Connectors, Pendant, Parawire 24 Gauge, Eyepins, JumpRings; Toho/Miyuki Seedbeads in Topaz; Baltic Amber Freeform Nugget Beads; Crackle Crab Agate Rounds; Brazilian Madeira Rough Citrine Nuggets; Apricot Quartz Briolette


To Light Up Her Day

This set is a (belated by one day) gift for my soon-to-be-Mother-in-Law's birthday. I was waiting for the last of the supplies to come in, and they...
Components: Hill Tribe Gold Vermeil: Earwires, Square Charms; Gold Vermeil: Bird Pendant, Stardust Beads, BeadCaps; Gold Plated: Chain, JumpRings; A+ Grade 12mm Blue Fluorite Rounds and Large Heishi shaped Beads; Apatite Ovals


Summer Bird

I wanted to use some of my new chain and some of the beads I already had, so I drew a few sketches until this piece came out. After I decided on...
Components: Copper chain in four different styles; Vintaj Artisan Copper: Stamping blank long rectangle, Parawire in 24 and 20 Gauge; Copper JumpRings, Antique Copper Central Ring, Smaller Ring, and Oval Connector; Swarovski Crystal Pearls size 10mm in Tahitian; Sodalite nuggets; Iolite Rondelles; Copper Heishi Spacers; Antique Copper tiny beads; Copper hook clasp; Copper Bird Connector; Smoky Blue Chalcedony onion Briolette; Blue Quartz Briolette; Vintaj Patina in Lapis ( filled in the letters on the blank)


Victorian Romance

I happened, by sheer luck, to win several ceramic beads and pendant by Gaea on eBay from someone who was clearing out her stash. She didn't list...
Components: Vintaj Brass Parawire 22, 24, 26 Gauge; Vintaj Brass JumpRings; Vintaj Brass Eyepins; Vintaj Brass Chain; Vintaj Brass Heart Blank; Vintaj Brass BeadCaps; Vintaj Patinas in Lapis, Cinnabar, and Marble; Vintaj Glaze; Vintaj Nouveau Roses Die and BigKick; Gaea Ceramic Heart from 2004; Two Pink Quartz Faceted Briolettes; Smooth Muscovite Rounds; Swarovski Round Pearls in Powder Almond; Creamy Freshwater Seed Pearls; Swarovski Bicone Crystals from the "Star" Mix; Pink Organic Triangle-ish Shaped Crystal from Michael's; Mauve Hemp Cord


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