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Directions to Make Your Own Amethyst Necklace, Earrings, and Bracelet

 

Amethyst Gemstones have a translucence and pattern or matrix that makes them so interesting and fun to work with. They have been a gemstone I frequently use in my jewelry designs over the years in something as simple as amethyst drop earrings or as texturally complex as the bracelet in this set of jewelry. 

This set of jewelry was shown in Jewelry Affair magazine in their Summer 2016 edition and I have written directions for you to make your own in whatever color theme you choose. The key is to try and find a mix of the same or similar colors in whatever type of bead you like and limit the number of other additional colors so the design flows. The following list of beads is what I put into my necklace, earrings, and bracelet, but you can make up your own list of beads that you want in your design. I've also included where I get my supplies for your convenience! 

The key to this bracelet design is to work with a limited palet of colors or with shades of the same color or theme with a few accents that are repeated throughout the design. The Amethyst stones are surrounded by a support cast of other purple and amethyst beads, gemstones, and fabulous lampwork glass! 

SUPPLIES FOR NECKLACE, EARRINGS & BRACELET

Amethyst Gemstones, (ArtBeads.com, FireandMountain.com, ShipwreckBeads.com

-Drops, 3, 30mm long

-Nugget, 1, 20mm

-Beads, 3, 8mm

-Rough Nuggets, 4, 10-12mm

-Nuggets, 3, 5mm

-Beads, 25, 3mm

Jasper, 15, 5mm Nuggets

Glass Flat 20mm, (ArtBeads.com, LimaBeads, Shipwreckbeads.com)

Glass Beads, 12, 5mm

Glass Beads 4, 15mm

Lampwork Glass, 9 one kind, 3 another, 1 different, (Etsy Artisans like Silverfish Designs or Inspire Glass)

Lampwork Glass, 6, 10 x 5mm  

Earwires, (ArtBeads.com, ShipwreckBeads.com)

Black Annealed Steel Wire, 24 gauge, 7 yards, (Ace's Hardware,) or wire of your choice. Just make sure it goes thorugh the gemstones and beads. Gemstones tend to have narrower holes that glass beads.

Leather Cord, 30 inches using a color that works with your design, (Beadshop.com)

Silk Ribbon, 6 inches

Hook Closures, 2 Hooks & 1 Eye, (Shipwreckbeads.com)

Decorative Crimps, 2, 8-10mm. Suitable for crimping leather.(Shipwreckbeads.com) 

Jump Ring, 4mm, (ShipwreckBeads.com)

Microcrystalline Wax- Renesance Wax, (Forgeron.etsy.com)

Clean Rag, small soft piece of old t shirt works really well

Steel Wire Cutters. Please do not use your good wire cutters as the steel will ruin them. (ShipwreckBeads.com)   

Needle, Flat, & Hook Nose Jewelry Pliers, (Shipwreckbeads.com)

Silicone Covered Pliers, (Shipwreckbeads.com)

Bead Board or Bead Surface so the beads don't roll around, (Shipwreckbeads.com)

                    

Earrings Everyday Challenge-Owls

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Locavore Mercantile Store

11-28-16

Locavore Mercantile Store at Steamboat Island, Olympia, Washington

Lovely article on the new Pop Up store on Steamboat Island Square featuring artisans of all types, including painters, textile artists, jewelry designers, soap makers, potters, etc!!!

Click on the following link or copy and paste the link in your search bar to read the article.

http://www.thurstontalk.com/2016/11/19/locavore-steamboat/

 

How to Avoid at Least One Computer Dissater

How to Avoid At Least One Technological Dissaster!

What Wire Do I Use In My Jewelry Making?

What Wire Do I Use In My Jewelry Making?

I frequently am asked what wire do I use in my jewelry designs and where do I get it? I am happy to answer that question and to share that information with you.

(In the above earrings Enameled Charms and Lampwork Glass by Kimberly Rogers, and Ceramics by Ragged Robyn!)

Carnelian & Turquoise Gemstone Earrings

Magazine Published...Carnelian Turquoise Gemstone Earring Tutorial

 

Re Stringing Necklace

 

This beautiful necklace of soft shades of green was purchased several years ago by a friend and a collegue. Unforutnately one of the strands appeared to be cut by a gemstone. I changed out all the stringing wires to a newer product that I have since started using and restrung the necklace. The product used to be called Zambapro and is now called Artbeads Designer Jewelry Wire from www.Artbeads.com.

Family Gathering Pics

 

Photos of Family Gatherings and Celebrations over the past year!

Sheela Stocks and Sandy Hurd watching Super Bowl in which Broncos won!

Cousin, Paul Kemp watching the Super Bowl.