Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Seven More New Jewelry Designs...

So, I couldn't sleep last night.  I guess I've just been worried about all my deadlines and getting everything finished.  Try as I might, I couldn't fall asleep.  Luckily though this worked out well and I was able to make seven new jewelry designs.

I'm really struck with the simplicity of this piece.  The shibuichi large flower clasp is from my family at Green Girl Studios, the Jablonex Czech fire-polished dark bronze glass is from The Garden of Beadin', the gold-tone pewter daisy spacers are from Talisman Associates Inc., and the natural brass chain is from Vintaj via Jamie Hogsett.

I love things with a collected look to them.  There's a lot going on here, but I think it works.  The large shibuichi toggle and bumpy round spacers are from Saki Silver, the horn, lava, wood, gold coral, smoky quartz, sunstone, rutillated quartz, agate, vintage German glass, and picture jasper are from Talisman Associates Inc., the natural brass rounds are from Vintaj via Jamie Hogsett, the cream-colored porcelain round is from Melanie Brooks of Earthenwood Studio, the laser-etched shell bead is from Lillypilly Designs, the "raspberry" colored porcelain round is from Elaine Ray via Ornamentea, the brownish ash colored porcelain round is from Gaea Beads, the shibuichi oak leaves are from LeaAnne Hartman via Pumpkin Hill Beads, and the shibuichi Rumi bird pendant is from my family at Green Girl Studios.

I really like how this necklace came out.  The thing that really sets this one off is the AMAZING lampwork glass seed pod focal bead from Joyce Rooks.  The color is so vibrant and seems to glow.  (I wish I had a tree with these growing off of them like some kind of fruit.)  The green kyanite, gold coral sticks, green pearls, and serpentine rondelles are from Talisman Associates Inc., vintage sequins from Gail Crosman Moore, the ceramic rounds are from Keith O' Connor, the crystal pearls are from Fusion Beads, and the Czech glass rondelles are from Raven's Journey.  The natural brass clasp is from Vintaj via Jamie Hogsett and the balled headpin is from E2SSupplies on Etsy.

I think that this necklace turned out quite sharp as well!  It looks pretty juicy.  The pearls, carnelian, dimpled vintage German glass, and green kyanite are from Talisman Associates Inc., the red beach glass is from Anima Designs, the shell pendant is from LillyPilly Designs, the bronze coin from my family at Green Girl Studios, the bronze small skull dangle from Candice Wakumoto, the Czech glass is from Raven's Journey, and the hook and eye clasp and chain made out of natural brass are from Vintaj via Jamie Hogsett.

I am quite taken with this necklace when it's worn.  There's a lot of movement and it looks like little reliquaries are dangling off of this necklace.  It looks instantly ancient and modern all at once.  I used two new Swarovski Crystal products – air blue opal and the new platinum colored crystal pearl; both are from ArtBeads.com.  The fine pewter magnetic clasp, Peruvian opal rounds, and gold coral rondelles are from Talisman Associates Inc., the swirly bead in fine pewter is from Green Girl Studios, the Czech glass is from Raven's Journey, and the polymer focal bead is from Grant Diffendaffer.  (Who else thinks his new recursive bead line looks like yummy pastries?)

This flashy little gold number has my heart.  The Swarovski crystals and crystal pearls are from Fusion Beads, the gold-plated toggle is from my family at Green Girl Studios, the chain is from Ornamentea, and the sweet little polymer focal pendant is from Heather Wynn.

Sometimes things just come together almost effortlessly.  I think this is one of those pieces.  All the pieces and parts sort of clicked together.  The sterling silver small flower clasp is from my family at Green Girl Studios, the pewter spacer beads and Peruvian opal rounds are from Talisman Associates Inc., the tumbled opalescent glass is from Anima Designs, the Swarovski air blue opal crystals and platinum crystal pearls are from ArtBeads.com, the ceramic leaves are from Every Heart Crafts, and the bee charm is from Candice Wakumoto.

Last but not least, here is a cherry blossom necklace.  (It wasn't until after that I realized that the "raspberry" ceramic rounds from Elaine Ray via Ornamentea looked very much like cherries.)  It's more on the dainty side and all the little wire-wraps look like little knots.  The shibuichi small flower clasp is from my family at Green Girl Studios, the Swarovski crystal are from Fusion Beads, the cherry blossom patterned shell pendant is from LillyPilly Designs, the  vintage sequins are from Gail Crosman Moore, the garnets are from Talisman Associates Inc., and the borosilicate rounds are available through Barb McLean's Gallery of Glass Bead Artist eBay shop

17 comments:

Lorelei said...

Okaaay. Dude you couldn't be ANY more talented than you already are.

I was scrolling down and each piece gets better and better and I go.

I love them- I hope these will make it to some publications???

:)
thank you for your unending inspiration.

Andrew Thornton said...

Thanks!

If I didn't need to sleep at all, ever, I think I could get more done. (That'd be more creative. Maybe?) It actually caught up with me and I nearly cracked my head on the coffee table. It's funny because I was sitting on the floor wire-wrapping and the next thing I know, my head was going towards the table! Luckily I didn't smack it against it. I've been known to just collapse all of a sudden from being tired.

That's the plan. I've been working like a sweat shop/army of one to meet all the deadlines.

Lorelei said...

Andrew, that's just crazy talk.
;)
Hang in there!

Janet said...

Golly Miss Molly Andrew!!! Talk about beadin LOL.
They are really Nice! I really Love the 2st two alot! Yea hang in there we all rootin for you.

2ifbysea said...

Beautiful! They are all gorgeous! You inspire me...

Doreen said...

Wow! They are all my favorites!

peacockfairy said...

I love them all, especially the skull piece!

Gaea said...

One word. Helmet.

Beautiful! Delish! Love them!

SueBeads said...

I love them all, too, but I am particularly partial to the second one - I love the asian feel!

Chocolate and Steel said...

so beautiful! First off that bracelet is gorgeous. It is simple and stricking at the same time. Which is great because it makes it very wearable.

I love that other necklace you have up there with the polymer clay focal bead. Perfect for the summer. I'd be surprised if this didn't make it into a publication at some point.

Great work!

Andrew Thornton said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words! They are really encouraging!

And Gaea, I just might have to invest in a helmut. I hit my head enough that it would make sense.

RupaB said...

I LIKE...I LIKE, ohh Andrew I wish I could live near you or maybe just go bead shopping with you.... it would be such a treat!

Lorelei said...

Oh Andrew. I can only imagine what your apartment looks like. Humor us would you, post pics of either your work space or your bead stash. I can always go for a little bead porn.

TesoriTrovati said...

Andrew-
Each one is more special than the last, yet I would be hard pressed to choose just one if I had to! Your work is inspiring in the use of color and pattern and movement and light. And I? Am a HUGE fan. I can't wait to open up a publication and find these lovelies staring back at me. Your photography too is rather stunning in the lighting and placement. I have so much to learn from you. Thanks for being an inspiration.
Enjoy the day!
Erin

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ABOUT SANDRA HELM said...

Andrew - it was so nice meeting you at Bead Bonanza. I had NO idea you were the creative force behind the jewelry. I'm in awe! Now I'm embarrassed to have you check my blog, but I promised. So, it's buckaroobeads.blogspot.com. Check it out when you find a spare minute. Sandy Helm aka Buckaroo

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