I'm the vice president of the Genesee Area Bead Society (noone else wanted the job.) :D At our meeting tomorrow we have the show and tell for an inspiration challenge. We passed out envelopes containing paint chips. We could either use the colors for inspiration or the name of a color. My paint chip was a palette of greens and one of the colors was called Winter Vine. I used copper and sterling silver along with rondelles of rock quartz, moonstone and a green mystic quartz. The tiny green briolettes are tourmaline and the dangles are moonstone.
Something just for fun this week. He's supposed to be an owl but he reminds me a little of a kitty too. I actually alternated rows of garnets and madeira citrines but they turned out to look so close in color you can't really tell. The eyes are green onyx so the color combo isn't something found in nature but that's okay - he was meant to be fanciful. The owl himself is 1 3/8" tall. Should I LOS him or not?
These are some soldered shapes that I pulled out of my spare parts box. I embellished them with fine silver vines and added a small amethyst briolette and a larger mystic quartz briolette as a dangle. The mystic quartz has a purple reflection in the right light.
I was playing around with some copper the other day and this was the result. I wanted to see if this was something I could reasonably do in silver. It's just shy of 1 1/2" tall so it's pretty bold. The large lentil bead is one I purchased on Ebay from Beads by Lampwork.
This is my version of Dale Cougar Armstrong's "Anything" ring. These are great fun to make as they're bold and blingy and all turn out differently. This one has an 8mm lab created aquamarine in the center with various pearls and silver beads added in.
I started my jewelry making journey in 2006 and it quickly took over my spare room and spread out into the living room. I was able to retire from my civil service job in August 2008 and I'm now able to focus on it full time.