Monday, March 12, 2012

Adventures in teal and turquoise

I recently cleaned my bead stash and, not surprisingly, the majority of my beads are teal and turquoise. You'd think I would make myself something of it... but...

Adventures with agate (sterling silver, crochet wire, gemstones, agate, turquoise, rose quartz) :: All Pretty Things unique one of a kind wearable art
Last week, though, I had enough - I had a couple of calmer days: the office moved and nobody knew where anything is anymore... so I could work in the quiet of my home office and look at a strand of turquoise, rose quartz and some brown stone chips for longer than usual. The strand is one my mom sent - and it was perfectly usable: chips of stones stringed together... neah... chips stringed together? boring... I took it out for the 7000 Bracelet Hop of Hope and it was starring back at me from the table day after day. On March 1st, for the Martzishor, I got a beautiful slice of... we'll call it agate, since I don't know what it really is, in an amazing shade of... teal. Which I kept on the table for a very short period of time - now I knew how the strand will help me :)

Adventures with agate (sterling silver, crochet wire, gemstones, agate, turquoise, rose quartz) :: All Pretty Things unique one of a kind jewelryAs you know, I love crocheting - and apparently I am quite nuts for wire crocheting (half of my own necklaces are wire crochet!). This time I braided 3 strands together, no simplicity for me today :) How to get the agate slice on the braids? Hmm... it's useful I had a full week of going through so many amazing Bead Soup results... I decided to get over my initial panic of anything wired and...

Voila - it doesn't have a name yet (other than 'Adventures in teal and turquoise', of course) but it's beautiful, if I can say so myself!

And because I was in such a creative mood, after a cry of help in the facebook group, I got another quick beautiful project: following a tutorial by Keri Lee Sereika in the February 2012 issue of Crafts 'n Things magazine on pages 67-69 I made... drum rolls here and a very dramatic pause:

Turquoise ring (sterling silver, turquoise) :: All Pretty Things unique one of a kind wearable art   Turquoise ring (sterling silver, turquoise) :: All Pretty Things unique one of a kind jewelry


My very first ring! I have been wearing it for a full week now and I know I will have to make another one (since I messed one of the sides)... but I don't care - it is my first-born! And it has a turquoise stone :)

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  1. Alicia, The necklace is beautiful indeed and I love the ring you made good job.
    Therese

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    1. Thank you, Kashmira - I am now looking for more suitable stones / crystals to make some more ;)

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  3. YAY!!! Totally cool! Loooove that big chunk of turquoise! :) Great job...and let me tell you, my first didn't look ANYTHING like that! LOL

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    1. LOL - thank you, for creating such a lovable and easy to follow tutorial! Yes, I was so happy to find it - I had 2, bought them for earrings to match that 'Aztec dream' of mine (the big turquoise doughnut)!

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  4. LOVE the necklace, absolutely stunning!

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie - you're very kind!

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  5. The ring is BEAUTIFUL! Great job!!!

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    1. Thanks Patti - but the congrats should go to Keri, it was such a simple step-by-step tutorial, I wasn't afraid to try it - and now, of course, I want to make more :)

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  6. I love agate and the ring is spectacular! Gonna have to give that a go

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    1. Thak you, Laurie - yes, try it, you'll love it too!

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  7. Hello!
    Multumesc ca ai gasit o asa frumoasa intrebuintare colierului!
    Ii urez sa-i poarte noroc purtatoarei !
    mama.

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    1. My mom is happy I found such a beautiful way to use the original necklace and is wishing the wearer (which will be me :)) luck!

      Thanks mom - both for sending me all these memories I can use and for liking what I end up creating with them :)

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