I've been on a bit of making frenzy this week. Well actually when compared to some, my output isn't that huge.
The looping on this necklace (thanks Mary Hettmansperger) opened up a new way to work with some of the many gemstones I've collected over the years. I'll happily drill metal but stones and shells intimidate me. The large amethyst in this necklace was said, by the ancient Greeks and Romans, to prevent drunkenness. FancifulDevices (a complete and utter genius) has been using gemstones and her blog prompted me to dig through my stash
I also revisited my collection of hmong textiles and found this little beauty. The colours are just beautiful, really deep almost like a Persian carpet. I teamed it with rosary wrapped beads and added a couple of wrapped silk bracelets - rather than sash chord I used tubing on the bangles,fed a thick copper through and then looped the ends together
I bought some gorgeous Ethiopian beads from xclusivdsgns on etsy including this big round metal bead I used on this choker:
These following pieces are reworks. I picked up some stuff I've had at a local gallery. Mostly I just recycle things that don't sell and break them down in order to scavenge the components . But these have been reincarnated by adding some elements and removing other bits: