Monday, October 31, 2011

Moonlight and Pearls - A chance to win!

I mentioned "earrings to match" in my last post and with so many beads left over from the re-stringing project I was able to get a little carried away creating a variety of variations.... don't you love it when you can indulge your creativity that way?!! So here's a selection of earrings to suit whatever your style is.
But I promised Mum a simple pair of earrings to match her new double stranded necklace and together we decided short and simple with no dangles was more appropriate to a woman of her age. She picked the Moonshine earrings below.
We both liked the pearls but because the moonshine beads were the focus in the necklace she thought that they would work better with the outfit she planned to wear this set with.
And as for the rest? Well, I thought I'd have a bit of fun and describe what style I think these would suit best.
Pearl Drops - For the woman who likes simple classics, you can't go past a pair of pearl earrings.... sophisticated and glamourous and perfect to wear with a twin set!
Another pair of earrings with simplicity in mind, Pearl Dangles. Perfect for the woman who likes just a little hint of movement in her earrings! The moonlight beads make these a little less formal than the pearls above.
Heart Drops features sterling silver heart-shaped connectors... très chic for the younger woman!
Elegant and romantic, Pearl Tendrils feature delicate leafy branches. These would look equally good with long locks or an upstyle.  Love the earring wires on these!
And for the woman who loves bling - Crystal and Pearl Drops - a combination that always seems to work!
Now a girl can never have too many earrings but I've decided that two of these pairs will find new homes! If you'd like a chance to win a pair, leave a comment and your first and second preferences below and I'll draw two winners on Thursday evening. For Hive, Facebook and Networked Blog readers, please click here to leave your comment. Don't forget to leave your contact details so I can let you know if you're the winner. (Edited: this draw is now closed)

Good luck!

'Til next time.....

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Moonlight and Pearls - Double the Strands for Impact

Regular readers of my blog will remember the remake, remodel and restyled jewellery posts I've done recently. My Mum loved them all and they were a great gift for her birthday. This week she was visiting again for my son's 21st birthday and she brought along some more jewellery for a makeover. Yippee! I'm loving this!

The latest piece is a re-string. She had bought four strands of moonlight and pearl beads.
Photographing the moonlight beads was a little difficult. It's like photographing the moon; I just about needed a moon filter to get rid of the glare!

Anyway, what she wanted was a double strand necklace. And with a beadboard, this was easy to do. By simply laying out the strands of beads in the channel it was obvious how many more beads were needed in the outer strand.

I also added a few more to the inside length and eliminated the extension chain. I'd measured this on Mum beforehand to make sure I'd have it the right length for her. This is one of the real benefits of making your own jewellery.... being able to customise the lengths of your necklaces!

The original necklaces were strung on beading thread and I decided this was the best solution for this particular project... being able to hide the knotted thread inside a calotte is a neat and tidy way of ending each strand before connecting it to the double stranded clasp.

And here it is: from single to double - a simple makeover but a very elegant necklace!
I think a pair of elegant earrings are in order here. Stay tuned.... I have lots of beads left over.

'Til next time.....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sizzix Fresh Vintage Blog Hop - A Ladies Boudoir


Thanks for stopping by this leg of the Sizzix Vintage Fresh Blog Hop. It's week 5 of the 6 week blog hop and Designers on this leg of the hop are using the Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Bag, Suitcase (Item #657124).

I got to have a little play with this die a while back and created bonbonnières for my Dad's 80th birthday party. You can see how I put the suitcase together in this post.

This time around, I've created a jewellery gift box for a pin made with a Katiedids component, one of the supporting manufacturers of the blog hop.
The box is constructed from an offcut of velvet matt board which I found at a local framers. Matt board is  such a sturdy material but the Sizzix ScoreBoard dies have no problem handling such a thick material and cut through it like butter. The instructions for assembling the box are very simple and you can download a step by step pdf from Sizzix. I didn't use the handle or the lid tab for this project.
I've decorated the box with paper from Pink Paislee (Botanical Gardens 00441) and a silhouette transparency from Hambly Screen Prints (Portrait Gallery). I wanted to create an olde worlde feel and tea-dyed lace fitted nicely with that theme. I chose a selection of charms to embellish the silhouette which added to the mood of a ladies boudoir.
    On top of the box is a miniature dressing table complete with mirror and comb from Madame Delphine's collection (Blue Moon Beads BM19249) and a perfume bottle made of beads and jewellery findings.

    I love making these miniature faux perfume bottles and I usually turn them into pendants but this one sits elegantly on a brass tray with a little rosebud.
      For this blog hop, I also had some Beadalon Katiedids components to work with. The channels of these components are just big enough to hold 4mm round pearl beads.

      In the centre of the donut component I added a small image which I covered with 3 layers of Magic-Glos. Each layer was cured under a UV lamp before adding the next. Once cured, I attached the donut to a filigree flower with metal adhesive before adding some teardrop pearl beads to the 3 lower petals. Then the whole ensemble was connected to the pin with a jump ring.

      To keep the pin sitting in place inside the gift box, I cut a piece of polystyrene foam to size and wrapped it with white satin.... a simple display solution but a perfect background to stick the pin into!
      There's a whole lot more you can do with this die so check out the blogs of the other designers and bloggers participating in the hop by clicking on the hop forward button in the sidebar.
          And If you'd like a chance to win the Flower, Layers #9 die from one of the earlier hops, please stop over at Oh My Crafts blog and answer the "Hop Question of the Day". 

          Happy crafting!

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