I was posting in the Arm Candy post yesterday, and I got a request to show off some of the jewelry that I make for recreation and sometimes for sale. I have like boxes and boxes of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings that I've made. Here's but a sample of the bracelets:
are actually colored seed pearls, strung on jewelry threading wire. I
have one in a pink/purple/peach theme and one in a purple/blue/teal/aqua
theme, too. Will probably make one with autumnal tones for the fall and
I like to mix glass, gemstone and metal beads, not to mention those rectangular Murano beads that you see in a lot of these pics.
I have several bracelets that have many elements of the Pandora bracelet (the painted glass beads with metal linings, the decorative stand alone metal beads, the metal beads with links that have charms attached to them, spacers with jewels) in them, only I tend to make mine with heavy elastic and string the beads all the way around rather than use the cuff bracelets that you unscrew and stick the beads du jour on them that you want to use. I also use knockoff components rather than the real thing. I don't have the time to unscrew the bracelets and ponder which beads I want for that day, so I prefer that I just make bracelets in certain color themes and just grabe those. AND, cuff bracelets tend to get on my nerves.
Here's a Pandora ish bracelet I did with the Autism Awareness color pallette.
Another Autism Awareness bracelet, sans the metal bead w/link/hanging charm combos in it.
This is a really cool bracelet I created that has colored jasper pieces in it. I am starting to get into more bracelets where you get a bracelet form and dangle different "charms" from them.
A lot of times, I will take a couple of the more delicate bracelets and wear them on each arm. I don't really wear a watch anymore, because I just refer to my cell phone clock, which hangs in one of those pouches around my neck at work (I'm a special ed teacher). Jewelry creating and crafting in general, is a wonderful decompression activity for me.
Hope you enjoyed the tour! :)