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Monday, July 27, 2015

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

decisions ...

there are so many possibilities that sometimes I can't decide which version of a thing that I like ...

 I've been playing around with some wire shapes I made a while ago and used them to hang little 
stacks of polymer and seed beads.

I like the look but the messy spacing between the wire shape and the beads bothered me.
It would be easy to fix but I decided to tie a little sari silk in a gorgeous blue shade around the wire instead. The colors are amazing together and I think I like it better than the all wire look. 

If anyone out there reads this I'd love your opinion. 
Silk or plain wire. 
Wadda think?

rustic stones, clay and paper beads
eclectic artisan bohemian jewelry

Monday, July 20, 2015

Yum - a school reader job

This was from a recent school book assignment; really wanted pancakes for breakfast
the whole time I worked on this. 
I managed to survive without! Yea me!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

more, more, more ...

for the earring obsessed ...
You know who you are!

I have just listed many more new earrings at:

rustic stones, clay and paper beads
eclectic artisan bohemian jewelry

Thursday, July 16, 2015

at the beach

Well, not me :( 

But at least I got to draw all these happy kids enjoying a day 
flying kites at the beach while learning to count. 

This, of course, was school text book assignment.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

the earring obsession continues

I repeat, a girl can't have too many fabulous earrings!

 Note the little blue birds of happiness in this pair.

Dance the night away!

Monday, July 13, 2015

new things in ocean blue

 and lots of milagros!
I love tucking multi strands into unusual cones. I hand wrapped the copper wire cone to go along with my copper hook clasp and on the other end used this chunky old engraved copper cone that I topped with a copper cap. I love the lush look and extra detail of layered caps and use them often on cones and dangles.

 These rustic textured cones (I made them out of polymer clay) mixed with the strands of Mali clay, jasper, carved soapstone, pink lepidolite, sterling and turquoise faceted and matte Czech glass give this bracelet a sort of beachy sea shell/shore kind of vibe.

Remember my polymer roses?

I made this necklace with one of them. I like the color that the leafed and copper wire wrapped quartz point adds to the overall look; probably will switch out the quartz for another without a broken tip but have to leaf and wrap some more of them first. Or maybe not. The old rustic look of it works well with the dusty-dried-rose-found-in-the-attic look.

Friday, July 10, 2015

new things with red/orange gemstones

   I have been waiting to have time to work with some wonderful matte/natural gemstones and am so pleased with the results. Click on the first pic to see the textures. Rough natural garnet mixes with matte red agate and sparkly faceted Czech glass in rusts and oranges.

 I hand wrapped a strand of more faceted beads and added beads and caps to others for dangles to provide lots of movement and color and used one of my hand formed sterling silver clasps for a gorgeous closure. There is also a tiny Hill Tribe Sterling elephant to symbolize wisdom, power, loyalty, intelligence and strength. 

See it at RocksandPaperSwans

I love what the pop of blue adds to this bracelet of matte red agate, jasper, Czech glass, and African recycled glass. I added an old sacred heart milagro that I got many years ago in Oacaca, Mexico and a pewter cross along with Hill Tribe sterling silver flowers for a beautiful tribal bohemian look.

It's in my shop now.

romantic dried roses in polymer

My latest experiments in polymer were these dried roses; thin ruffled petals and lots of color layers for a dusty dried rose look. I thought they deserved something special so I imbedded them into these rustic Turkish silver bezels and probably will use them in necklaces. Maybe with pearls?

Love how they turned out.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

What's happening at RocksandPaperSwans today?

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variations on a theme

 Just look at the wonderful rich grundgy colors and texture! My new favorites!!!
Polymer clay formed, textured, painted and crackled.

 And a little play time with patina and metal leaf.

pretty new earrings in sterling silver

I've been in a sterling silver kind of mood lately, maybe because sterling looks so beautiful with the Caribbean ocean blue colors that I love. 

Or maybe because silver looks pretty with pearls and opals too.

Here's the latest batch of dangles for all occasions.