Thar Be Shinies, Matey. (New Jewelry Designs.)


Thought I’d share some new photos with you of the jewelry I’ve finished making. I’ve been working on advancing my skill set from intermediate to more advanced techniques. I feel like I have a looooonnnng way to go yet. There’s the Russian Spiral and peyote stitch with size 15 beads and a lot of other geometric patterns to dive into. Working on these was a lot of fun and very relaxing. Jewelry-making has turned out to be such a great hobby and I’ve made some awesome friends, too.

So, for those of you who know me… I have a “thing” for skulls. I’m very particular about them, because it’s more the image than the materials, so I tend to rely on compositions of stone or metal like what you see below. This pair of earrings is an original design. Nothing fancy, mind you, but the texture really moves with the light.

Click on any of the pictures below to see a full-size image.

This one is a variation on the crystal cluster bracelets I make for gifts. The idea here is to use different glass pearls on the bottom, but the same color on the top. It really adds a subtle variation without being too obnoxious or checkerboard-y.

I learned this one through a class at Fat Cat Beads. I chose black for my base and, instead of a rainbow, primary and secondary colors for the main palette.

The one pictured below is the detail on a bracelet I learned from a Bead and Button pattern. The original pattern called for metallic beads around the fringe, but I like the texture on this one better. Plus, using lighter seed beads allows some forgiveness if you make a mistake. From a distance, it’s more three-dimensional and you can’t even see any stitching.

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Monica Valentinelli is a writer, editor, and game developer. Her portfolio includes stories, games, comics, essays, and pop culture books.

In addition to her own worlds, she has worked on a number of different properties including Firefly, Vampire: the Masquerade, Shadowrun, Hunter: the Vigil, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, and Robert E. Howard’s Conan.

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