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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sandy's Cab

As I was digging through my jewelry photos, I came across this beautiful cab.
Gemstone was about 3 inches long, rounded, deep green and purple colors, could not remember the name anymore...
I made this necklace for my friend Sandy years ago, who was a manager at a local bead store where I used to teach jewelry classes. I have to admit, this was my first attempt to encase such a large, heavy and smooth/slippery object; I remember it was hard to hold beads in place. The key was in creating sturdy net and peyote structure as a base for further embellishments and additional reinforcements for the weight.

Do you have any suggestions what else I could have done to support this large stone?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

My version of Marjan Pendant

I was ecstatic when I bought October edition of Bead & Button. There it was: gorgeous Marjan pendant from Riana Olckers, inspired by the Marjan peninsula in Croatia. For a true Croatian this is an exceptional honor. Split is my favorite city next to Zagreb and Marjan peninsula is equally close to my heart.
This stunning pendant features stacked medallions with a triangle-shaped drop.
Of course I wanted to have one of my own and got to work right away. I followed architectural secret that Riana applied so wisely and added a personal touch to this treasure. I made larger triangle and added a button featuring a seahorse from a warm Adriatic sea. Large 20mm yellow Czech glass beads resemble Mediteranian sun arising over Marjan peninsula. Take a moment and share with me your comments. LJ

Bead & Button Oct 2012

 Click here to see  Riana's original pendant on her website.