Small fluorite pendant

Apparently there is some demand for smaller pendants than the ones I usually make (which is at least 5cm). The smallest wrapped item I can make is about 2.5-3cm, like this neutral-looking pendant. Have I mentioned what my favourite minerals are? It’s fluorite, which is relatively cheap, labradorite, which is relatively expensive and turquoise, which can be both, depending on type and other factors. This fluorite bead is almost neutral, except for a few tiny …

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Jasper light brown pendant

I still have half a ton of flat jasper beads, perfect for pendants, that I’ve got from a big sale in one of my favourite online stores. I bought 12 strings of jasper then. Jasper is a good background, because it goes with a lot of other colours (like turquoise, orange, red, light green, blue and some other). This jasper bead is lighter shade than usual. The gunmetal wire is perfect for it. Available on …

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Big blue heart

I still  get a lot of heart-shaped beads in the bead mixes. The most common ones are 2cm and smaller, but sometimes I come across huge ones, 3cm from top to bottom. They don’t look  that bad in steampunk style (less kitschy than on their own, that’s for sure). This is one of them, deep cobalt blue with copper. I used neutral steel gears, because the copper ones are quite rare and I didn’t have …

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Red steampunk egg

Round coin-shaped beads are nice, but what I love the most is getting unusual shapes, like for example this egg. Unfortunately they’re very difficult to get on their own, the only way to acquire a lot of them is to buy bulk mixes, where some beads aren’t as nice or may be broken. And of course you never know what’s inside (which actually appeals to me, I like surprises). Available on Etsy.

Secession inspired

Back to regular blogging after two successful conventions. During all this time I made about a dozen pendants and even more pairs of earrings. I managed to photograph most of it today, and I will eventually post everything, just not all at once. I’ve been told that my pendants look slightly secession (art noveau) inspired, which I didn’t consider consciously, but now made me think and look for perhaps more secession-relevant motifs, like the floral-like …

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Morgenstern pendant

I’ve been thinking for a while now, trying to figure out how to make a morgenstern (morning star) pendant. It was sort of easy with earrings. Finally I figured that I don’t have to make a woven eye for every pendant, I can make a regular one, but the pendant will have to be worn on a regular chain, not a ribbon. This is what I came up with today. It’s actually quite simple to …

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Another convention

I’m going to have a jewellery stall on another convention, Gaelcon in Dublin on 22-25 October (the upcoming weekend). I must get very busy again making more pendants, because they seem to sell a lot better than earrings, which I have plenty of. These are two of the pendants that I’ve made during Octocon. They will be available to buy during Gaelcon, I suppose.

Octocon 2010

The convention went really, really well, I’m very happy with my sales. My fingers are a little bit sore from weaving all the wire, but I’m really glad. I also met a lot of very nice people. Many thanks for the Octocon staff for all the support and praise, and thanks to all of the people who bought my jewellery. A photo of me at my Octocon table (sorry for poor quality, it was taken …

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Busy

I’ve been really busy for the last few days, preparing jewellery, clasped ribbons and printed materials for my table at Octocon, so I haven’t been able to take a lot of photos. I’m also not listing anything new on Etsy, just in case I sell it at the convention. After browsing what I already have, I figured I have plenty of brown and red steampunk pendants but almost no other colours, so I’ll be making …

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