Monday, March 14, 2011

Necklace and earring set

I started working on the necklace below yesterday, but I ran into many problems. First I couldn't find my copper findings. Finally, I found them. Chose my beads, and the coated copper bead wire. 
At  Michael's on Saturday, I found a seashell focal piece that I thought would go really nicely with some beads I had at home, as it is a rose copper colored metal.
I am saddened that the bead store that I use to go to in Plymouth recently closed as I use to go there every couple of weeks.
At that store,  I only bought 1 strand of kidney bean shaped, dark coppery brown beads that I used in the necklace, and I really needed a second strand. When I bought these beads over a year ago I had no idea what I would use them for.  I hate when that happens as it is frustrating when you are 1/2 way finished with a project and run out beads that you are using.  After reworking the necklace I knew there wasn't going to be enough to make a bracelet.. It takes me more time to design than to complete a beaded project. I chose Swarovski crystal beads to use as spacer beads. The color of the crystals are a light amber with a AB coating of pink, so they look coppery. I also used beads that were two toned..copper and silver, and some smaller beads that are dark with copper. 
The beads came off the wire when the necklace was almost completed, not once, not twice, but three times. Felt like pulling out my hair and there was some mumbling under my breath.
Here is my finished necklace and earring set.
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I also am working on a button bracelet, but ran out of large oval jump rings...so another trip to Joann Fabrics will have to be made this week so I can finish that project. Will post a photo of it when I am finished.
My son sent me this picture this afternoon. My 17 year old granddaughter started her first day of work today. McDonald's newest employee. In this picture it looks like she is thinking...okay, Dad...just take the picture and be done with it.

 Katies first day at work3.2011
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6 comments:

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Elaine she's beautiful!!!! And your necklace and earrings are GORGEOUS!!!

Vic said...

Beautiful! (Jewelry & DGD!)

Nancy B said...

I know that you are proud of her and your necklace and earrings are so pretty!

Barbara said...

The jewelry is lovely Elaine, and your grand-daughter looks like McDs most enthusiastic employee. That pretty smile will carry her far!

Alicia said...

What a beautiful jewelry set Elaine! Congrats to your Granddaughter on her first job!!! *Hugs*

Angie Hall Haviland said...

:O) Beautiful necklace and earrings, Elaine!! CONGRATS to your granddaughter on getting her first JOB :)