Monday, January 25, 2010

Linked Glass Beads Necklace

The beading bug inside me still kicks-in though I should be doing more stitching (as in counted thread embroidery). With the bad weather we have today, I'm planning to fill my afternoon with stitching and hand-finishing some projects.
Here's another linked necklace for everyday use. Since I used different colors and shapes of glass beads, I thought a simple leaf pewter will do as pendant.
Materials: Glass Beads, Pewter Pendant
Technique: Basic Wirework

Sunday, January 24, 2010

More Bracelets And Chunky Necklace

More bracelets with spiral weaving and beaded beads (tubular peyote) techniques. The spiral weaving ones will be given as gifts for my great-aunt, my dear friend and her daughter. They meant to be surprised gifts so I just guessed their wrist sizes.

Materials: Garnet Chips, Freshwater Pearls, MOP Chunks,
Faceted Stones, Swarovski, Seed and E Beads
Techniques: Spiral Weaving, Beaded Beads (Tubular Peyote), Stringing
This chunky necklace is made of Mother of Pearl shells. I enjoyed linking them and it's the second time I made a necklace with this method. The heart pendant has a freshwater pearl at the centerhole, with silver beadcaps.
Materials: MOP Chunks, MOP Heart Donut, Freshwater Pearl, Shell Tags
Techniques: Wirework

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ice Storm... For Real

It seems like Mother Nature's not contented with the blizzards she thrown upon us this winter so she added a terrible ice storm earlier, which started after midnight. As a result, everything outside is surronded by ICE... as in, literally. Just look at the pictures below of the trees surrounding our yard.
On the positive note, I was glad I carried my camera with me when I went out to check the mailbox. I couldn't resist not to take some shots of the trees, the road and our lawn covered with ice. I was thankful nobody saw me while I was outside enjoying the scenery for a lil' bit or they'll wonder what the heck is wrong with me staying outside longer.
Isn't it amazing how the trees look like? While cropping the photos earlier, an inspiration for my next jewelry piece kicked-in: ICE STORM (there goes the title) made with white & brown stones, clear crystals and/or swarovski. Now I gotta check if my stash can accomodate the execution of the project.
How about you, what inspires you lately? I would love to hear it!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Earrings Galore

This might be my last beading activites for the month. Gotta finish some (counted thread) embroidery commitments which are due pretty soon.
The top 2 dangling earrings has swarovski components, and majority of the hooks are sterling silver.
Materials: Glass Pearls, Crystals, Carnelian,
Swarovski, Rondelles, Seed & E-Beads
Techniques: Bead Stitching, Wirework, Spiral Weaving

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Bracelets Galore

Grabbed a half pound of assorted glass pearls recently so I made sets of bracelets with them - top 4 photos, all with matching earrings. They're so fast to do, before I knew it I already made more than I personally need so some of these will be given as gifts. There are other sets I haven't photographed yet. Majority were stringing pieces but a couple were made of spiral weaving and tubular peyote techniques.
Materials: Glass Pearls, Stardust, Fancy Glass Beads,
Round Carnelian, Rondelles, Crystals, Seed & E-Beads

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Twisted Black Beauty

I haven't enjoyed stringing as much as I did lately! Though my initial plan was to use gradated jets with silver E-beads in between, I thought a spiral peyote segment at the center will kick-in better ... kinda like a slide only it's longer.
Set: Necklace and Earrings
Materials: Fire Polished Glass, Glass Pearls, Seed & E Beads
Techniques: Spiral Peyote and Stringing

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

21 Earrings Sets

The glass pearls saga continues! Started with one, ended with 20 plus. Each set has 7 pairs of assorted pearl colors, their common denominator though are the rondelles - in red, white crystal, and rainbow. Earring hooks in sterling silver. Anybody interested with them?

Materials: Glass Pearls and Rondelles

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Curly Lariat

Now this is a piece I can truly wear everyday! Just the right piece for my jeans and country tops. LOL It can be worn as a choker-style lariat or v-shaped necklace by placing the end loop lower.
Materials: Cubes, E and Seed Beads
Techniques: Basic RAW and Stringing

Saturday, January 9, 2010


The simple pendant sets the tone on this necklace... The gold crystals and rondelles accents just give the right touch as well. This set was inspired by "Bulaklak", only I made it simpler for everyday wear.
Set: Necklace and Earrings
Materials: Glass Pearls, Crystals, Rondelles,
E-beads and Japanese Seed Beads
Techiques: Bead Stitching (Beaded Bead) and Stringing

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Stardust Silver

Ahhhhh, the beauty of classic! I can make similar set over and over again, yet will always be satisfied with the results. Simple yet elegant!

Set: Necklace, Bracelet and Dangling Earrings
Materials: Glass Pearls, Stardust Silver, Magnetic Rounds, Seed and E-beads
Techniques: Peyote (for beaded beads) and Stringing

Friday, January 1, 2010

Bulaklak... Kay Ganda Ng Bulaklak

Bulaklak is a Tagalog (Filipino) term for flower. To make flower plural, simply add "mga" (read as ma-nga) before bulaklak... flowers = mga bulaklak
Set: Necklace and Earrings
Materials: Glass Pearls, Crystals and Seed Beads
Techniques: Bead Stitching (Beaded Beads)
and Russian Snake

Welcoming 2010 with a couple of flower-themed jewelry sets. Can you tell I enjoyed making these sets? After finishing the gold set (truer color is the photo on top), I knew I had to make another version, and what could be better than mauve (antique pink to me)?

With all the beads I got from my trip last year, and christmas gifts from DH & in-laws, I can see myself doing a lot beading in the months ahead. I'll try to learn more techniques, that's for sure!


Raise a toast to good times and welcome year 2010
with good friends & good cheers.
Wishing you eternal bliss & superb time ahead.