Friday, September 25, 2009

Christmas jewelry

After being AWOL for a few Fridays, I am happy to be back with a few finished projects at week's end. Please click on the logo to the left to see who else is participating on Finished for Friday and what they've accomplished.

I've been busy the past few weeks and making progress on projects, but unable to post about them for various reasons. Two are gifts and I don't want to spoil the surprise as the intended recipients would surely guess my intention if they saw them.

A few weeks ago I bought beads to make Christmas earrings and a bracelet. Here is what I have done so far.

The snowmen are not glittered, but a very white silver bead that is textured. The hat is a small black crystal and two opposing black sequins. I have given them to someone already and hope I can find those beads in bulk to make more snowmen and try a few other ideas.

The stacked packages earrings did not photograph well at night against a surface. The color is off and nothing beats sunlight shining on a Swarovski crystal. This photo better shows the true colors of the cubed beads.

With the bracelet, I was hoping for a look of Christmas candy, the red and white swirled peppermints that are wrapped in cellophane that flares at each end of the candy.

I couldn't have them butted up to each other because the bracelet wouldn't flex and the idea of candies was lost. I use a clear bead inside the fluted one, a silver bead and the garnet disk for spacers, but still am not convinced that this is the look I want. I have six candy units in all, and I am going to try stringing them on a cord with either knots inside the fluted beads to keep them in place, or unobtrusive beads as spacers and turning them into a necklace.

Maybe that finished project will become another Finished for Friday!


Alisa said...

So pretty! You are very talented.

Threeundertwo said...

I love them! Especially the candy bracelet. So cute.

Thanks so much for joining in!

Blondie's Journal said...

I love the jewelry, Knitty. Do you need special tools for this?? I am always amazed at the aisles in Michael's just for this craft! Wow!! And I love the peppermint candy bracelet, which looks like the real deal!!

Am I on your Christmas list?? ;-)


Knitty said...

Basically you just need round nose pliers, wire clippers and a pair of crimpers. Needle nose pliers come in handy too. These tools are all from the jewelry section though, not the hardware dept. :)

Maybe I should do a series of posts on various craft supplies. That could fill at least a week of blog entries!

Elizabeth said...

These are all so gorgeous! The thought that went into making those candies on the bracelet flex is incredible.