I haven’t been posting like I should instead I think everyday since my last post I have been obsessively making jewelry with mixed results and much wasted wire. I am improving though and have begun to use my own designs. Although I don’t actually plan out designs, I just take my beads or my stones and see what happens.
Here are a couple of earrings that I made over the last week.
These are made from a blue goldstone focal bead with little glass seed bead clusters hanging from a wire circle.
I recently went to the Potomac Bead Company store in Mechanicsburg, PA, and it is great. I picked up two little amethyst briolettes there and these earrings are the outcome. They have a wrapped bead chain of faceted and drop glass beads.
More exciting than the earrings, I have learned how to viking knit which is probably the most useful thing I have learned so far. Viking knit chains are flexible and strong and look more professional than any other chain I could make myself. Also, vikings.
With a helmet like that, he has to have good taste in jewelry.
Well, viking knit involves some tools that I didn’t and don’t have such as a wooden dowel and a draw plate.
So instead I cut the end off a plastic knitting needle and used the eyelet on my shoes as a drawplate. Works pretty well. I like it.
Check out the directions here. It’s where I learned http://www.fineartbyrocio.com/vikingknitdirections not very in-depth instruction, but great pictures. I find it much easier to learn from pictures than from text.
Here’s what I’ve done so far.
The stone is a white lace agate with a viking knit bezel in gunmetal colored copper wire. This was my first viking knit piece.
This was my second viking knit piece. I got the stone at the gem and mineral show its a mexican fire opal. I had to hide a scratch behind the lowest spiral and am happy with how well it turned out.
If anyone is interested in any of these pieces let me know and I will either make another one as similar as possible or post the same one on etsy. The amethyst earrings are the only that are currently spoken for but I can definitely make another pair.