Here are some earrings I made last week with Christmas in mind, I was trying to go for a holly leaf with berries on it.
My mom and I spent some time making bead stuff last week. She is really enjoying herself, of course that is because she always hands of the tying off and/or other fiddly bits for me to do, whilst she starts another project!
Some old, some new components, I went thru my 83 year old friends jewelry that she wanted to do away with, and some of the best stuff was several old multi-stranded chokers of Austrian Crystal. You know the kind? with 3 strands of graduated sets of beads?
Well, you take just one of those apart and you have a LOT of crystals in several sizes. Vi had inherited her mom’s, aunts and two sisters worth of that 50’s and 60’s style of jewelry, and I have baggies full of the stuff now!
So all the crystals show in my Christmas inspired stitch markers come from Vi’s cache of up-cycled jewelry.
these blue glass beads, strung by mom, came from Vi’s too.
Formerly a ugly single strand necklace. You know the kind? that you used to play “dress-up” when you were a small child?
But you add some modern silver beads and (waves wand around) wah-lah! A new and shiny bracelet!