Monday, June 22, 2009

For Friends

I was having dinner with some friends of mine a few weeks ago. One of them asked about my jewellery and how it was going and I ended up with a couple of requests. One friend, Meryl, asked me to string some pearls. "Of course", I said, so I've taught myself to string pearls. I had fun. I bought all the proper silks with the needles attached and made use of my embroidery knotting skills. I started three times and it's not a professional job to my inquisitive eyes, but I'm quite pleased with myself.

The request from my other friend, Aline, was even more fun. She had a necklace of her mother's that was too heavy to wear but that was Venetian Glass Beads from her trip to Venice. Was their anything I could do? Here is what the necklace was originally.


So we decided to make a series of necklaces for her daughters and granddaughters. Eight in total. It took me a while to get going which isn't unusual, but I love what the results were. I made each necklace a different colour and mostly different styles. Because there were nineteen beads and I had to divide them into eight, some necklace have three of the original beads while others have only two.

Lavender
On gold tone fine chain with Swarovski crystals.


Burgandy
Red tigertail with fresh water pearls and Swarovski Crystals.



Blue
Silver tigertail with Swarovski Crystals. Pendant is a chinese cube from a pattern by Valerie Hector. Smaller beaded beads are made using Right Angle Weave.


Teal
Fresh water pearls with Swarovski Crystals and silver tone chain. Pendant is a chinese cube from a pattern by Valerie Hector.


Purple Velvet
Silver tone chain with Swarovski Crystals.

In the next three designs I even incorporated some of my Kumihimo braids. I am so pleased that I can find different ways to incorporate them.

Mint
Kumihimo braid with delica beads and Swarovski Crystals. Beaded beads are made using Right Angle Weave. Can be worn assymetrically or symmetrically.


Amethyst
Kumihimo braid using tigertail, hand made gold tone clasp and Swarovski Crystals. Beaded beads are made using Right Angle Weave.


Light Amethyst
Kumihimo braid using tigertail, hand made gold tone clasp, fresh water pearls and Swarovski Crystals. Beaded beads made using Right Angle Weave.

So there they all are. Aline loves them although I might have to rework the Blue one so it fits the personality of who it's going to better. If I do change it I'll show you what I do. I really enjoyed the challenge of using the same beads in so many different ways.

7 comments:

Rae Ann said...

My favorite was the amythist one. Followed closely by the silver multistranded one. Gorgeous!

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ByCoco said...

I love what you did by dividing the beads, and how different each necklace turned out.
Truly terrific!
Coco

Sayo said...

wow! I love that you got so many new necklaces out of that!

Mary Anne Gruen said...

What a wonderful family keepsake! It ties everyone together, yet allows everyone individuality. Beautiful!

Elena said...

I love how you have recreated the original necklace to create all those gorgeous pieces.
It's hard to pick a favourite - but I do like Purple Velvet & Light Amethyst.

Elena :)

Michelle said...

Love what you did with that one necklace! I have to say my favorite is the amethyst!

Cate said...

I really love what you did with the orginal necklace, and the fact that these will be worn by members of the same family. Very special!