This time I received a rather enormous package of picture jasper and bronze findings. As a geologist, I have quite a love of rocks, and the intricate patterns on this gemstone makes it one of my favorites. I've made several pieces but I will have a good supply of the jasper for a while! I'm quite happy about that :-) To see what she sent, see this previous blog post.
The first thing I did was to place some other color beads near the jasper, finding that it went beautifully with green, red, and blue.
This very simple bracelet was my first piece, combining the jasper, bronze findings, and very pretty clasp that Lisa sent with some dark green beads.
Then I made these earrings and realized how much I liked the red with the jasper.
So I made a necklace (that I'll be giving to my mom). This one combines some dark red czech glass and freshwater pearls.
Then I got tired of using red, so I strung the jasper cubes with some lighter colored czech glass and silver findings. This one sat on my table for a while, as I tried to decide if I liked the combination. Finally, I put it around my wrist and found that I liked it very much. Definitely a keeper for me. I liked it so much I made a pair of earrings to go with it.
And finally I decided to make a necklace for my sister. I had a pendant from Erin Prais-Hinz's line of Simple Truths, and the coloring worked well together. There's extra chain at the end because I want to wait and see how long she'd like it to hang before finishing it off.
I have to admit, I had NO bronze findings when I received these beads. So although we're not supposed to purchase materials for this blog, I did purchase bronze chain, and some bronze jump-rings. I couldn't find any bronze wire guards, so that's why the first bracelet doesn't have any wire guards :-)
I had a lot of fun playing with these wonderful gemstones, and I'm looking forward to seeing the gems and jewelry that the other participants have been working on. The list of participants is below, and I hope you'll hop around a bit!
Your hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Katrina Taylor, I Wanna Go Out
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Kathleen Breeding, 99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Margaret Pelech, Big Margaret
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware (May be delayed a few days)
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Cassi Renee Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things (May be delayed a few days)
Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Judy Campbell, Macmillanmarie Jewellery Design
Nan Smith, Handmade Jewelry Nanmade
Marde Lowe, FanciMarDesigns
Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
Leithleach Alainn Seodra, Alainn JewelryLisa E. Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs