Today's delve into the box reveals that I use semi precious gemstones in my jewellery. I love the tactile nature of stones - they are cold to touch, smooth to feel, exciting in colour, and make me feel good when I wear them. I now have beads to match everything in my wardrobe! Did I mentioned that this hobby is very addictive?
I made these pieces last year from beads purchased from Beads Direct and China. From the close-up you will be able to see the individuality of the stones.
Beads and findings used for this 7.3/4" bracelet:
Bowenite: tablet 10 mm x 15 mm
three sided rice 10 mm x 20 mm
Golden Sandstone: 6mm rounds
Red Agate: rice 10 mm x 30mm (in the necklace)
Beading wire, crimp beads, clasp,
One of the things that I've found difficult to get my head round when I started beading were sizes - if you view them on the telly they look so big, but in reality much small than you thought! There are also many shapes, so I thought it would be useful to give this info should you be tempted to have a go yourself. I've made numerous mistakes in buying the wrong thickness/thinness of wire ,findings and tools which I will past on to you, and I would welcome your advice/experiences on any area that will help the box become as useful source of info as the cupboard.
I hope you will find the box full of interesting jewellery, colour and information - I will shortly open my Friday Followers Gallery, so didn't forget to contact me and we can get together and arrange to view your work.
Thanks for dropping by - let's have some creative fun together.