My name is Anne, and this blog is going to feature my jewelry. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I started beading in the summer of 2005--I had picked up my crochet hook to work a couple of shawls, and I had my eye on a luscious pattern for a beaded shawl that was to be my next project, as soon as I had the beads selected.
But a funny thing happened. I grew much more interested in the wide variety of beads than in the shawl which they were meant to adorn. I began to explore the various types of beads, & I used them in making necklace after necklace for my family & friends. (For some reason, bracelets and earrings and so forth leave me cold. I just like necklaces.) Several hundred dollars later, I was still bewitched by all the beads, so I thought I'd better start selling my creations.
What fascinates me most are the beads made from semi-precious stones, ranging from agates and jaspers to garnets and amethysts and beyond. When I was younger, I delighted in my Great Aunt Betty's immense and varied rock collection, and I'd like to think that she would be just as fascinated by some of the beads I work with.
My favorite style is what I've dubbed "bead-link", which starts with a largish bead (between 15mm & 25mm, which is vaguely between 5/8" & 1") strung on a piece of wire with a loop on each end, turning it into one link in a chain. I make far too many of these, because I enjoy the process and the result is elegant in its simplicity. Also, as long as there is no center pendant, bead-link necklaces are adjustable--for a shorter link, just hook the clasp between any two links. (I use either hook & eye or S-hook clasps for bead-link necklaces.)
I string smaller beads onto beading wire, usually woven of 49 strands & coated with nylon. (Think thin & incredibly supple picture wire.) When I started beading, I used plated clasps and metal beads, plated with nickel, silver, & gold. Unfortunately, plating isn't always as durable as we'd like, so I have moved up to using sterling silver, vermeil (which is silver plated very heavily with gold), and gold-filled clasps & metal beads. Gold-filled materials are strong, durable, and attractive without costing the earth.
I hope you like the results.
[About length--I don't yet have a full-length bust to drape necklaces on, so some of my longer necklaces aren't shown at their full length. I will always give the length in each necklace's description, & once I get the hang of categories on Typepad, I'll classify each necklace as short (under 18"), medium (18" or more up to 22"), or long (22" or more).]