Friday, August 28, 2009

Too Tired to do a Friday Pick

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Yep, long week. Too tired to try and do a pick - really do want to get back to it, but I'm just worn out. So, instead, I'll tell you my books did arrive today - yay! Also thought I'd show and tell about some quick projects I did this week.

On Tuesday or Wednesday, the week's a blur, I tell you, I wanted to wear my charoite and sunstone necklace but I didn't have anything else to go with it. So before I left for work, I grabbed the box lid that all the materials I used to make the necklace (except the chain) were still in, a couple headpins and the chain I'd used, and whipped up earrings and a bracelet. Took about half an hour all told. I again bent one of the twisted wire links into a hook fastener and, voilĂ  - bracelet finished. Earrings were done with headpins and the beads/bead caps.

Then this morning I decided I was going to wear a lanyard with howlite and amazonite to go with a cute camp shirt I had. I had this white turquoise* bracelet and pendant I'd gotten a few years back, when I was still buying jewelry and not making my own, to accessorize with the lanyard.

the lanyard

Couldn't find that pendant for the life of me. Spent half an hour searching before I gave up. Still wanting to accessorize, I grabbed my howlite nuggets and made earrings and a pendant. That took maybe 15 minutes. Sometimes it's just better to make something unique anyway.

*I very firmly believe this white turquoise is howlite, it doesn't look like any of the Native American pieces purported to be white turquoise, which through Googling, seem to be not really a type of turquoise at all. At the time I bought this for a fairly high price at Nordstrom's, I didn't know anything about semi-precious stones - but I did like the way the stones were set, so I grabbed the bracelet and missing matching pendant. It's amazing how much I've learned in the last year or so! I have to give a lot of the credit to the Rings & Things Gemstone Guide - both the book and online version.

So, who else makes last minute accessories before dashing off to work or out with friends?

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Blogger Dave Robertson said...

Wish I had the skills to make last-minute stuff! What a nice thought...


August 28, 2009 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Gorgeous pieces here, I can't believe you just "threw" them together!!! And, if you are really asking, I have a tendency to grab beads on my way out the door too to craft something to wear to work. Have a nice weekend! Oh my gosh, by the way, thank you so much for the cool comments you left on my blog! Your project ideas are awesome!! :)

August 28, 2009 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Dave, I think making simple loops on head pins is within your reach :-) And the bracelet, simple loops on a long eye pin, dangles with head pins. Oh, and the silver beads & beadcaps, I should have mentioned they were from the Rings & Things bead tour!

August 28, 2009 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Lisa - well just the earrings and pendant drop in howlite and bracelet and earrings in the charoite, the other stuff was already done. It's easier when you don't have to think about what stones to use, etc., because that's already decided by the main pieces.

And I love commenting on your posts - I get some of my best ideas from A Bead A Day!

August 28, 2009 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger JustATish said...

one thing bout turquoise - it is waxy and warm- that is the best way i can describe it.

the two touted to be turquoise, howlite and magnesite, are smooth and cool.

i love those last minute throw togethers!

September 2, 2009 at 10:58 AM  

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