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Jewelry: Necklaces [Aug. 23rd, 2009|07:42 am]
Kelly J. Cooper

Here are two of the necklaces I made a week ago Friday, based on a simple design I came up with back during Open Studios, when I was sitting around alternating talking with folks who came to visit and making stuff.

All are strung on SoftFlex .019 wire and have sterling silver findings. (Findings are the hardware bits that let you finish, put on, & take off a necklace. So there were "crimps" which are little metal tubes that you squish & fold over to keep things in place, plus a ring, and a lobster claw-style clasp.)

Ok, first, onyx with blue glass beads (I believe all the onyx beads are 8mm and the blue glass ones are 10mm):

Close-up. It's not easy to see, but the blue glass is translucent and has golden stripes.

Next, onyx with silver beads. I mixed 8mm & 10mm onyx because I ran out of the 8mm. But the silver is SO contrasting, it didn't necessarily ALSO need the size difference to make them pop.

Close-up. Note the difference between these, which are all 10mm, and the close-up of the blue glass beads, where I alternated 8mm onyx with the 10mm glass.

I wish the pictures were better, but it's tough for me to capture jewelry. The contrast between the onyx & the six central beads on both pieces is much stronger in real life.

It's a stupid-simple design, but I like it. I wonder if I took any pictures of the original, onyx with red glass beads. Hmm. Don't think I have. Probably should. Der.

More pics soon.

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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-08-23 08:43 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!

Both are for sale, actually. So if you really do want to discuss prices, lemme know!
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[User Picture]From: muffyjo
2009-08-23 10:08 am (UTC)
Oooh! This is great to know!
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-08-23 09:27 am (UTC)

deja vu

Wow, I just made one very similar to this last week from an old piece I got as a gift last year, I took it apart and rearranged the beads and added a black mushroom as a hanging centerpiece.
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[User Picture]From: kimberlogic
2009-08-23 10:37 am (UTC)
wow! i love the onyx and glass beads - is it still for sale?
i think you should have that Etsy store now :)
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-08-23 02:35 pm (UTC)
It IS for sale!

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[User Picture]From: kimberlogic
2009-08-25 05:40 pm (UTC)
I would like to buy it!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-08-25 05:45 pm (UTC)
Really? COOL!

Er, I mean, are you sure? It's kind of expensive. The beads alone cost $30, so I priced it at $40 (it's a reasonably easy stringing job).

How about you try it on first, confirm that you like how it looks on ya?
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[User Picture]From: miss_chance
2009-08-23 11:33 am (UTC)
ooohhh Purrrdy!
Do you have your next craft-fair lined up yet?
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-08-23 02:36 pm (UTC)

Nothing lined up yet. But one of my commissions asked whether I do private parties, so I may pursue that line of things next.
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[User Picture]From: wonderreader
2009-08-23 03:03 pm (UTC)

beaded necklaces

Very nice - cool - keep beading. If you do a private party - you ight want to consider the "design it yourself" thing you were doing at the show. Have limited number of colors and plenty of findings - in case they want to make a matching bracelet;) YOu could have several designs made up to use as examples or for sale right there. You go girl!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-08-27 05:02 am (UTC)

Re: beaded necklaces

Thanks, Mom! Good ideas...
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[User Picture]From: bookly
2009-08-25 09:23 pm (UTC)
Those are really stunning. And I wouldn't consider $40 overly expensive. (Well, I mean, it is for me right now, cuz I'm a starving grad student, but in my flush days, I would totally have paid $40 for one of these two necklaces.)
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-08-27 05:03 am (UTC)
Thank you! Yeah, there's a formula (well, a couple of them, probably) for crafters to figure out roughly how much they charge, but if the materials are expensive, the final figure gets kind of ridiculous.
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