Spring flower earrings (project 46 of 50)

springflowersmainIt’s spring in New Zealand – well some days it is … but the spring flowers are already out and lifting our spirits. I took my inspiration from these cheery flower beads, and teamed them with crystals to make fresh flower fancies.



Oranges and lemons plaited fibres necklace (project 45 of 50)


I’m still living in the sunshine – and obsessed with orange. This necklace features a braid of bright yellow sari silk fibre, a long raw edged strip of light-as-a-feather orange and yellow silk fabric, and strands of crochet threads.

I found the six-spoked orange dangles (plastic maybe?) in a multi-coloured pack at Spotlight. I thought they would add a cheerful note to any project, and being so light I plan to use others in earrings. The dangles are connected to the braid with gold artistic wire wraps and jump rings, while the ends of the braid are secured with fine gold wire wraps. Gold wire connectors, chain and a clasp complete the design.

The frayed edges of the silk and sari silk fibres give the necklace a rustic untamed feeling, although it’s best not to wear it against a dark coloured T-shirt as the fibres shed a little.



Little Miss Sunshine yellow crochet necklace two (project 44 of 50)

sunshine01Two beads started me on this necklace – the bright egg yolk yellow (free-range of course) crystal rondelles, and the yellow shell circles.

Dark silver jump rings – plain to link the shell circles and textured at the end of the beads – were matched with dark silver chain and a catch. The darker silver makes the bright yellow sing.

Yellow, gold and orange seed beads are crocheted on to yellow crochet thread, and the two beaded components wrapped with a dark silver artistic wire.

Sunshine anyone?


Summer fibre and bead necklace (project 43 of 50)

Two strands come together in this summer-coloured necklace. The first is a plait of  plaited01three green ribbons – organza, grosgrain and a hand-dyed muslin ribbon.

The second strand is made of green and blue feature and seed beads strung onto beading wire. Both strands are loosely linked at intervals and at the ends with large jump rings.

My inspiration for the colours was New Zealand’s bush and beach, while I took design inspiration from Lorelei Eurto’s designs in the wonderful book Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry: 50 Designs Using Leather, Ribbon and Cords. This book is available in e-book and paper format.



Gunmetal and crystal necklace (project 42 of 50)

Gunmetal and crystal necklace (project 42 of 50)

Gunmetal is the main theme in this necklace. I used barrell swivels for the main bead connectors (barrell swivels are used in fishing tackle), plus gunmetal jump rings and a gunmetal chandelier. Complementing the metal findings are small AB crystal rondelles on headpins. It’s a simple colour theme and a design focusing on repetition.


Turquoise and red earring quartet (project 41 of 50)

Turquiose and red earring quartet (project 41 of 50)

I’ve taken a short step along the colour spectrum for this quartet of earrings, exchanging my recent focus on orange for bright rich red, but continuing with turquoise.

The large turquoise earrings are made with resin ovals, I love the translucency of the resin, and the fact they’re so light to wear. I’ve used my favourite metallic window beads, this time in a gold and red, plus large dyed howlite ‘turquoise’ chips. (My previous post, number 40, uses metallic window beads in a different colour scheme).

The other earrings feature a mix of metallic red window beads, red cloissone beads, dyed howlite turquoise discs, red dyed howlite crosses and tiny red glass flower caps.

I enjoy the bright freshness of these colours, finished with brass and gold … a lift for the spirits on a cold winter day!


Plaited blues (project 40 of 50)

Plaited blues (project 40 of 50)

In project 38 I made a plaited rope of orange, blue and brown fibres such as leather, muslin and hemp, and attached orange and teal bead dangles.

For this project I made the plaited rope from strips of fabric from my patchwork collection. (Now if have bead and fabric collections). Two of the three fabrics are Japanese designs, featuring turquoise, blue, teal and black. One is subtly highlighted with gold outlines.

Attached to the plaited rope are bead dangles made with some of my favourite glass beads … I love the sparkly metallic surface punctuated with opaque circles. Blue-black bicones, tiny brass daisy spacers and seed beads complete the dangles. The plaited rope is finished on the ends with artistic wire wraps, a chain extension and clasp.