A quick picture post, dearly beloved, because I have to go-go-go. All of these pictures are of jewelry that I am keeping for myself, but I am going to make and list copies of some of these pieces in a few days.
I have been having recurring dreams about old, lovely greenhouses lately, and my jewelry has been reflecting that.
And plump leafy berry earrings to go with whatever other gunmetal things I make. I have found that it’s oh-so-useful to make some pieces either entirely out of the metal you’re working with, or with very neutral beads. These earrings can be worn with any other gunmetal pieces I make, no matter what beads I use.
“Apollo gold” necklace and earrings, jangling with pinkish-gold rounds and bellflowers. To wear the earrings and necklace together is a little “much”, to tell the truth, so I often swap the earrings for neutral brass ones.
“The greenhouse” bracelet, in all of the green and gray and blue colors of my dreams, with a small charm that says “dream”. I have some Czech glass leaves on order, and when they arrive, I will add them too.
Bouquet earrings… Mrs Havisham’s bouquet, perhaps! These function as neutral brass earrings, for me. The beads are drab enough that they go with anything. I got these in a tiny lot of six and *cannot* for the life of me find quite the same finish anywhere else, to buy more.
And now a couple of pieces that are close to my heart…
This is a lovely bracelet. I saw one substantially similar on Etsy oh, about a month ago. It was priced too high. Too, too high. I began to scour bead websites, trying to find just these beads, and couldn’t for the life of me do it… but I got hooked on beads and findings in the process. Anyway, I finally found these beads–you won’t believe it–at Joanns. Boo! I have mixed them with some Venetian sommerso beads that I’ve had for years.
Lastly, my jasper necklace, to be joined by at least one jasper bracelet. Years ago, during a worrisome time of my life, I bought a jasper bracelet because it is supposed to bring “grounding and protection”. I felt grounded and protected every time I wore that bracelet, and when things had calmed down, one day it quietly fell off and was lost. I’ve felt an affection for jasper ever since, and so I had to have some pieces. I will certainly be offering lots of jasper bracelets (at good prices, because I bought a shload of beads and as a consequence got a great deal on them) in the near future, in case you need some grounding and protection of your own.