Tackle that stash - Bead loomed and strung necklace

Believe me, I wrote a really cool post to celebrate my first stash tackler in months. It was eloquent, it was funny, it was charming and profound.
Okay, it was not all of that, but it was okay. And I deleted it with a little touch of my finger, and I couldn't bring it back because right then my draft was auto-saved. My now empty draft, that is.

So I'll make it short this time.
These acrylic beads have been in my stash almost since my jewelry making beginnings. They hid away in a box that a friend of mine had brought over when we made polymer clay jewelry for the first time which was about 30 years ago and lasted about two sessions long (which is why I don't count that as beginnings). I have no idea how they sneaked in there which says a lot about my organizational skills.

To me the necklace has a vintage touch and I can imagine it worn with one of those fancy 20s dresses which is why I couldn't resist editing the picture after this image in my head, with faded colors of an early photography.

There are two strips loomed from silver lined crystal Delica beads - sparkly! - that hold three strands of the beads that are shining in a yellow/blue/green coating and that are held by silver tone bars that were custom made after a friend's design (you will be seeing more of those). The chain allows to change the length of the necklace although I prefer it long myself.


Oldies but Goodies - News

Wait, oldies that are new? Before you think I have gone completely nuts now, let me explain.
The Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge is not necessarily about old pieces, but it can be if they fit the topic. This week is about pieces that are new to the challenge. They can be new, but they don't have to be.
If you follow our challenges, even just every, now and then, you might have seen one or the other piece pop up more than once. Maybe you even wondered if we made anything new at all or if you had already seen it all. Don't you worry, that's never going to happen.
Oh, and by the way, because it also fits the topic so well, I noticed I forgot to wish you all a Happy New Year! That was close ;-)

1 Violetmoon's Corner
2 MC Stoneworks
3 The Crafty Chimp
4 Cat's Wire
5 Jewelry Art by Dawn


Oldies but Goodies - Dainty

It doesn't always have to be big. Sometimes just a bit of sparkle, a small stone, sweet earrings are all you need to make an impression. Often exactly those pieces turn into favorite or everyday pieces to wear because they are comfortable, easy to match and the perfect little extra.
This week the Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge was all about dainty jewelry.

1 and 5 Cat's Wire
2 and 6 Jewelry Art by Dawn
3 and 7 MC Stoneworks
4 and 8 Violetmoon's Corner


Oldies but Goodies - December birthstones

I'll admit it, I don't really get birthstones - wait, I think I mentioned that before. There are birthstones in different cultures, there are old ones, modern ones. In fact all I remember is that as a child I was very disappointed about mine being a pearl. A pearl is not even a stone. I never quite got that one.
It's a good thing we have people at JAC who are better at that and can tell us that the Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge will be about the colors of turquoise or blue topaz because those are December birthstones :-D
It's amazing how turquoise has taken over this challenge, but there's also one piece that shows both colors ... do you see it?

1 and 6 MC Stoneworks
2 Cat's Wire
3 and 8 Violetmoon's Corner
4 and 9 RioRita
5 and 7 Jewelry Art by Dawn



I'm not talking of the many challenges that 2016 threw at all of us. I don't have the time or nerve to list all of them up, also I know it would turn into a big rant and I want to spare you that.
No, this is a wrap up post about the 2016 challenges at the Jewelry Artisans Community and about the pieces I came up with. If you want to see the other entries as well, just click through in the topic list at the bottom (although most of my pictures have disappeared there, but you get them here, so that's okay).
Which one is your favorite?

January - Make something that's new for you
I had never made something tassel like before and I re-found those beautiful rose beads that were a gift from a dear friend, so I teamed up rose, seed and drop beads for this one.

February - Romance
I didn't feel the romance, so I skipped that month.

March - Lariats
After a few attempts that didn't make me happy I took the opportunity of those pearls already being on the wire and had a little crochet session.

April - Spring has sprung
Beaded flowers can turn into an obsession as you can tell from this beaded necklace!

May - Button, button ... who has the button?
Now that one was a real challenge for me. I have never been a fan of buttons, not even as a child, and I avoid them until today. The ones that I do love are usually Victorian and too expensive for me to have them lying around. Then I stumbled upon a mysterious vintage button, mysterious because I had to find out its history and because I have absolutely no idea how it ended up in my place!

June/July - Zip it up
After my whining about buttons our challenge master chose zippers for those two months. Strictly speaking this is not a piece of jewelry although I had planned to turn it into one - which hasn't happened yet. It features a zipper from a vintage Barbie swimsuit and, well, I had fun with this one.

August - Cool clear water
This pendant is woven in dark and light blue wire around an ammonite that is about 100 million years old. It never ceases to amaze me that I am able to work with such old and beautiful fossils. The water is represented by the wires, but also the ammonite itself and by the pearl that is topped by two tiny crystals.
I do love my ammonites!

September - Goodbye Summer
I'm not an expert in peyote bezels, but I'm trying ;-) A sunflower picture that our challenge master took was supposed to inspire us. Can you tell?

October - Halloween Treat
No one could come up with anything due to different reasons, so there were no Halloween treats at all ...

November - Fire
I have all those bugles, but hardly ever a good idea for them. This bracelet ate up some of my stash - and my time.

December - Christmas earrings
I got these finished just in time to wear them on Christmas Day. Now I'm thinking I need to make more next year.

Please also visit these blogs:

Violetmoon's Corner
Jewelry Art by Dawn 


Oldies but Goodies - Bangles

This week we are talking about bangles. To be honest I never really thought about the exact definition of a bangle. To me it was always a bracelet without a clasp, and that's what I found in some dictionaries. Others, however, told me that a bangle is circular in shape AND rigid, not flexible. So my wire crochet bangles are not really bangles, but bracelets just because the ropes are not rigid? I know that there are others who seem to follow the same definition as mine. I'll have to check that out and let you know what I found out.

For now here are examples from our Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge, though, "real" bangles and (maybe) not that "real" ones ;-)

1 Jewelry Art by Dawn (I hope you can see all the pictures, I just couldn't pick only one spot of this fabulous bangle!)
2 and 5 RioRita
3 and 4 Cat's Wire
6 and 7 The Crafty Chimp


Oldies but goodies - That's not jewelry

About one and a half years ago I already showed you a collection of items from the Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge that are not jewelry.
Some of the techniques our members use for jewelry are also useful to make other things, and there's always more than just beads and wire. I'm sure if they had thought of it, they could also have shown us how they knit, sew, draw and more. Once again this is just a small selection from this week's challenge. Enjoy!

1, 9, 12 Violetmoon's Corner
2, 8, 10 Jewelry Art by Dawn
3, 5, 7   The Crafty Chimp
4, 6, 11 Cat's Wire