Bracelets with turquoise

I’ve got lots of turquoise beads, so most of the bracelets I’ve recently made includes some. It’s a great stone to work with, because there are very few other stones that don’t go with it. Most green, red, blue, brown and yellow do anyway. I’m experimenting with wire wrapping beads to use them as a focal piece. Also, trying to include some handmade hammered clasps and other elements every now and then. The bracelets are …

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Chunky bracelets

Remember the beads from my previous post? I decided to use them in a bracelet after all. I had some beautiful raw amber beads and various matching jasper and turquoise pieces and I like this colour combination. Available in my Etsy shop. The second one took me a major part of a day, because I had an idea, which proved to be poor, then I had to redesign the whole piece, make another wire wrapped …

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Lampwork bead bracelets

I’ve used most of the bead pairs for earrings and I’m left with lots of beads that don’t exactly qualify for earrings (same colour but different size, same size but different pattern etc), so I decided to use them for beaded bracelets and made three so far. I’m wondering if I’ll be able to use up all my stash this way. Bracelets are available in my Etsy shop.

Handmade glass pendants

The next step from buying handmade lampwork beads in bulk, is buying artistic glass beads and cabs from self-representing glass artists. They are usually higher quality than the commercially manufactured supplies, and unlike them, are absolutely unique (this is me showing the middle finger wondering how to protect myself from plagiarism, which unfortunately happened just recently). I’ve recently purchased some beautiful pieces from other artists on Etsy. The pendants listed here are available in my Etsy …

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Long copper earrings

I’m particularly proud of these somewhat ethnic looking earrings, and they took a long time to make. Shaping the wire, hammering, wrapping, hammering again… The stones used here are labradorite, lapis lazuli, natural moonstone and onyx. Just one color and the rest is neutral. Well, except the copper, of course. Available on Etsy.    

New skill, cat pendant & more

I’m trying my skill in hammering wire. It’s been going pretty well, considering I’ve started just yesterday. I just hope that my neighbours won’t kill me, because the process can be quite noisy and rather annoying. I’ve made several pairs of earrings and a couple of pendants so far, so have a look: Copper kitty on a big onyx bead. (Available) A rather huge agate slab pendant with some natural turquoise beads; the wire is …

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Teardrop earrings

It seems that over time I’ve gathered plenty of turquoise coloured beads. I doubt that many of them are the actual turquoise, mostly they’re just dyed howlite and magnesite, but still they’re pretty. I’ve decided to do something with them finally, so I took the teardrop-shaped ones and made some earrings. Available on Etsy.

Turquoise and copper bracelet

I love to buy random turquoise bead mixes, unfortunately I like to have more beads than I can process :D This freeform bracelet has a lot of various turquoise beads: chalk, stabilized, probably some dyed howlite as well, I have no idea what else. It has some wire wrapped beads as well as some dangling ones. Available on Etsy.

Agate teardrop

Another one from the series of huge agate side-drilled beads. This one was mostly brown and black, with one strong clear and grey band. Slightly warmer than the crystal ones. I used warm toned wire and beads (copper and carnelian). Available on Etsy.

Copper wrapped turquoise teardrop

I figured out another way to wrap the teardrop nicely, but this technique doesn’t allow a woven bail on the top, just one piece of wrapped wire. I have a lot of these teardrops, so I’m probably going to wrap them in black wire – goth style – for the upcoming convention. This one is wrapped in bare copper, which means it will tarnish over time. The bead doesn’t look like the stabilized turquoise I …

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