Saturday, March 31, 2012

Allegory Gallery: Seelie Bracelet

 Spring is here, which means it's time for cute little sundresses! And cute little sundresses need fun, casual jewelry in Spring colors! Thankfully I had these funky bright green beads from Allegory Gallery, just waiting to be made into the perfect bracelet. They're some sort of glass with an interesting coated and drizzled effect. I haven't seen anything like them before and I'm curious to see how they'll hold up. Allegory Gallery also provided the silver-lined clear cube beads. I don't often use cubes in my beadweaving, but they make really cute spacers, especially since this bracelet has a rectangular focal.

And what a focal it is! The little charm is a pewter piece from Green Girl Studios. The back features a quote from a WB Yeats poem: "Come away oh human child, to the waters and the wild." I love the poem and I love the faerie. I have 3 or 4 of these charms, so since this is a bright Seelie bracelet for Spring and Summer, I think I'll make a dark Unseelie one for Fall and Winter.
 Little Swarovski crystal bicones in Light Olivine add just a touch of sparkle. The glass beads have large holes, so the 3mm crystals help keep everything lined up perfectly. Plus I really feel that a bracelet like this looks better with 3 types of beads than two.
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Rebecca Anderson

FTC disclaimer: Some beads in this post were provided for free in return for promotional consideration.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spirals Every Day!

Just yesterday I finished this custom ankle bracelet called Spirals Every Day! The buyer loved my Spiral Journey Anklet but wanted something in black, silver and earthy colors for every day wear. Lucky for both of us that I happened to already have black and silver spiral beads!

I love this combination of black, silver, and antiqued bronze so much that I might use it for other projects, too. It's really elegant and versatile, you could wear it with pretty much everything. I think it would be lovely for a steampunk brooch. I should see what cabochons I have that would work for that, after I work my way through my long to-do list.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

FAETeam Holiday Swap

 It's about time that I posted about the FAETeam secret holiday swap! I was assigned Aquariann as my secret fae, and since she likes pearls and Atlantean myths, I made her this necklace. The focal is a lampworked bead with a Green Girl mermaid bead hanging below it. Freshwater pearls, Czech glass and Swarovski crystals make up the main necklace.

And MY gift comes courtesy of Shannon from Gypsy Moon Art Studio! I love Shannon's wirework, so I'm really happy to own a custom-created necklace by her! She perfectly encapsulated my sense of style -- steampunk, tribal, and a little creepy, in copper and olivine green. It goes perfectly with a lot of my dance costumes, and as an added bonus, I already had crystal and eye earrings from Mermaiden that match it.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Bold Beetle

I've been quite the busy little beader while I've been quietly not blogging. This is just one of the pieces that I've made this year. If it looks vaguely familiar, it's because this is the second beetle pendant I've made in this color way -- and there's a third yet to come! MZ sold the first one, and she wants to keep this one, so a third one needs to be made up to sell. I also have a blue beetle, a pinky-purple beetle, and an orange butterfly all waiting to be pendantified, so I need to bead faster!