Shiny things

May 2007
Red Foil necklace


Shell earrings

Turquoise and mother of pearl necklace


April, 2007
Turquoise (the stone) necklace
Close-up of the clasp. I’m not really a hearts kind of girl, but I liked this one.

Crocheted wire, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals


February 7, 2007
Turquoise (the color, not the stone) necklace
I am head over heels in love with this shade of blue. The beads in this necklace are tiny, tiny, tiny, and there are 9 strands of them (with more to come). It took me about one episode of The L Word (or any other hour-long show), hunched over on my bed, to string one strand. I’m sure there’s a more time-efficient and chiropractically sound way to do it, but that was my technique.


Alli’s necklace
This necklace is made of three strands of single-chain crochet braided together. I pre-strung the Swarovski crystals and the freshwater pearls on 28 gauge wire, then had at it. I love the effect, and even though it looks complicated, it was the easiest thing in the world to do. I found great instructions with photos here.


Here’s a close-up:

January 29, 2007
Swarovski earrings
I went bead shopping last week and bought some Swarovski crystals. I’d resisted buying them cause there was a Swarovski phase that various pop stars went through -as in, bling up your iPod/cell phone/whatever with a shitload of Swarovski crystals- and I found it annoying. But they are kind of hard to resist — so very shiny…



Green necklace
I know that “green necklace” isn’t very descriptive but I don’t know what these stones are, so there you go! I also don’t know what the grayish stone is either. Man, I’m not very good at this, am I?


Red, black, and white (well, clear, but you get the point)
I made this necklace to go with the shirt I wore on New Year’s Eve. It’s just red and clear beads strung on two lengths of SoftFlex, with a black and white stone (no idea what kind, I got it about 6 months ago) in the middle. Both strands of SoftFlex go through the stone. I used crimper beads to secure the beads at different intervals along the wire.


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