Art and Jewelry

Zebra Stone Necklaces

I picked up some black glass beads at Michaels this weekend, thinking that I could finish a zebra stone necklace.  Once I got into it however, I ended up making two!

Zebra stone necklaces

Zebra stone necklaces

Zebra stone is a pretty semi-precious gemstone that can have a striated pattern in black and white.

The first necklace I made, with the black glass beads, is a simple strung necklace on waxed black linen cord, lobster clasp.

Zebra stone and glass necklace

Zebra stone and glass necklace

For the second necklace I made, I wanted something that was fairly simple and long that would look good with any variety of more brightly colored shirts.  Here I am wearing it with my “zebra” hair.

Zebra stone necklace with zebra hair

Zebra stone necklace with zebra hair

Yes I am going quite gray at the age of 31.  I haven’t been dyeing it for about four years now.  I actually like how it’s coming in, in streaks.  A lot of people compliment me on my hair, and most don’t seem to realize that it’s natural!  I’m quite comfortable with it, and I actually don’t mind people thinking I might be older than I really am.

Zebra stone and chain necklace

Zebra stone and chain necklace

To make this necklace, I took “silver” wire and threaded it through the stones, and looped them on either side to attach them to the chain.  For the pendant, I took a larger zebra stone and wrapped some more wire around it, and looped it on one end.  I finished it with a toggle clasp.

I don’t wear jewelry to work, but I hope I can wear this one out soon!


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Two New Necklaces for 2012

Well, technically, one is new, one is older.  But it is the first time I’m sharing it, so it’s new to you!

Carved cinnebar and blue glass necklace

Carved cinnabar and blue glass necklace

This necklace is based on a similar necklace I made about 9 years ago, and sold.  It features a carved cinnabar bead, flanked by blue and gold glass beads.  The clasp is a simple lobster clasp, in gold to match.  This is a bright and bold necklace that pairs well with neutrals.  This is an easy necklace to make– you just string all the elements together.

Here’s another shot:

Cinnabar and Glass necklace

I vaguely based this design on early Victorian jewelry.  I think it looks fun!

The other necklace I made probably late 2010.  I wore it for a while, and loved to put my wedding rings on it while I worked.  But one day, walking through Home Depot, I tugged a little too hard on it and the clasp came loose.  Sitting aside for a long time, I finally got around to fixing it.  It’s a simple large loop silver chain, and I added a few little white glass beads, and a large, pink glass heart bead with foil inside.

Chain heart necklace

Chain heart necklace

There are two ways to wear this, one with the heart all the way down.  But I originally meant for it to be worn with the heart off center, like this:

Chain heart necklace

Chain heart necklace

The large loops of the chain mean that I can adjust the length of the necklace to suit me.  It also has a lobster clasp closure.  I like the heaviness of the chain.  It feels substantial, yet not too weighty at the same time.

It is not difficult to make jewelry, and in the coming month, I will give a simple tutorial on very basic jewelry making techniques.  Some of the tools you need are things you probably already have in your house, and toolbox.  Having these things on hand, and knowing some basics, may also help you fix simple repairs.



A Gray and Pink Pearl Necklace

A simple gray and pink pearl necklace.  Really easy.

I frequently wander bead aisles looking for inspiration.  One of the ways I scratch the itch when I need to be creative and make something is with jewelry.  I found these pink and gray glass pearls at Michael’s and fell in love with the colors.  Not coincidentally, I have a few pieces in my wardrobe that would go with this necklace.  I wanted to create movement with different sizes, and still have it carry some weit.  The gray pearls gradually increase in size towards the center, and the pink pearls are all the same size.  Rather than using a knotting technique between the pearls, I wanted to use simple, small, round, silver beads.  I used a toggle clasp for the back.

A pink and gray pearl necklace

Pink and Gray Pearl Necklace

Sometimes I like to wear something delicate and light, other times I like something bold and chunky.

Toggle clasp on pink and gray pearl necklace

Toggle clasp on pink and gray pearl necklace.

This necklace is great for dressing up a plain t-shirt, or it finishes off a clean, crisp, white button-down shirt for work.

Love it!


Rosette necklace on a chain

Sales and coupons at Michael’s are dangerous for me.  I had a 25% off everything (including sales!) so of course I just had to look around.

I found these cute rosette’s and white shell squares for a grand total of $4.16.  I already had the chains and clasp I wanted to use.  It took me about an hour to put everything together.  I only used one of the rosette’s and a few of the shells, so I’ve got enough to do something else later.  My inspiration for this necklace came after seeing a few things around on the internet, and me wanting to make something to wear to my cousins’ wedding this summer.  I love how it feels feminine and sophisticated with a slight edge to it.

rosette necklace on a chain with small square shell beads

Rosette necklace with small, square shell beads on a chain.