New Jewelry Designs

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I took some pictures this morning of the jewelry I’ve been designing and creating. Some of these are based on patterns; others I came up with on the fly. This first picture is based on the popular wrap-around bracelets that you see.

Since gold is becoming more popular, I wanted to expand my closet to include the color. It’s not cheap as a raw material and I have metal allergies, so I turned to beads. This first one is my second wrap bracelet I created after taking a class at Fat Cat Beads.

I’m really digging chainmaille. This creation uses aluminum and rubber rings and was inspired by another Byzantine weave bracelet I picked up at a con. My version incorporates two sizes of rubber rings to make the weave tighter.

This necklace is one I designed around the three focal beads. It’s made of natural stone (jet), silver spacers, and Chinese beads. It’s a little heavier than a necklace made out of plastic and I really like the texture.

The Crystal Medallion pendant in gold was my first foray into bead stitching a complex form. This was another one that I learned from taking a class and I now know you *have* to focus when you’re putting this together otherwise you’ll create a monstrosity. I think this one turned out grand, though.

Many of the beaders I know are huge, huge fans of crystals and *bling*. I prefer something understated myself, unless I’m wearing it as an art piece and everything else I have on is very muted. I love this bracelet so much I want to make one in gold and other colors, too! This one I learned how to make in a private class and I’m so glad I did. (Thanks Suzie!)

Last but not least, this is another design of a necklace I put together specifically for the texture and the line variance. The silver beads are really cool because they take on the color of whatever you’re wearing.

    Mood: I should be sleeping.
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    Work-Out Minutes Logged Yesterday: Hah. Work out? HAH.
    Yesterday’s Projects: Game, Short Story
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    Book Last Read: Broken Blade by Kelly McCullough
    Latest Artistic Project: Crystal cluster bracelet in silver
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Monica Valentinelli is a writer, editor, and game developer. Her portfolio includes stories, games, comics, essays, and pop culture books.

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