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I knew October will be a busy month, but I also knew I will make something for it - I love autumn colours way too much. Plus she mentioned it doesn't have to be jewelry - decor will be accepted too. And boy, do we decorate for fall!
Nonetheless - I had to make a piece... actually 3! Almost 4 - but I have to solder the rings for the 4th, so I will leave it for another time.
I finally managed to use the vintage amber strand my mom sent me. I made 2 pieces (I took pictures of only one!) - a combination of fall / summer, I can't seem to let the summer go. I present you 'Autumn in Amber'; I am sure through the comments I will re-visit and re-name it :)
A flower made of copper and decorated with amber, and a amber-beaded chain: simple, elegant, light and beautiful to wear!
I love the colours and the texture: the metal against the organic amber is a very interesting feel!
When I dug the amber from the box, I also got two of the bracelets my mom sent (originally set on elastic): no fancy materials, but really interesting and good looking pieces. Out of one of them I made this Victorian necklace (yeah, a couple of weeks too late, I know!) using seed beads and Czech crystals, and a strand of velvet ribbon. I present you "Victorian October Evening":
It is incredibly elegant, I knew it would be - but when I added the black velvet I gasped; you have to see the Czech crystals glittering between those delicious chocolate beads to understand its full power. This is not a day piece: it must be worn with an elegant evening dress or even with a crisp white blouse and jeans and very high heels :) Watch for a Polyvore collage soon...
Last, but not least - with my newly found love of bead weaving I finally managed to make this piece. I had the inspiration for almost a year, I believe, it's from the book 'Stunning jewelry made easy'. I absolutely love the fiery colours (to think when I bought them I thought these are not my colours!) and I named the bracelet "Glorious Chrysanthemum"
I bought the daggers specifically for this focal, I wanted to make it for a very long time - and now that I did I wonder why I have waited for so long. It is delicious - and it matches the colours of the foliage perfectly!
With the ribbon I just bought for the 'Victorian Evening' necklace I decided to transform it into a bracelet. You can't see very well in the picture - but the ribbon ends are in a gold finish, and the actual hook is hand-made from copper. I wasn't sure about the combination at first, but because of the daggers, which are in a beautiful Siam Ruby and Apple Orange colours, I think the copper and brass make a nice autumn-like 'team' :)
I couldn't leave you without the décor items, could I?
I found this beautiful candle holder on one of our Royal Botanical Gardens trips - in the gift shop. I love its curves and William chose these (very expensive) poppy-like candles.
This is our cornucopia on the mantel :) There is something soothing about getting the horn out of storage and filling it with colourful gourds.
I hope you have enjoyed my Oktoberfest adventures - thank you, Rita, for hosting it and making it happen!
And Happy Birthday to our wonderful host, Rita of Toltec Jewels :)
Thank you, my visitor, for taking the journey with me.
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