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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Vintage Inspired Jewelry


For this past Christmas, I made a few pairs of earrings for gifts for my mom, my aunt, and my MIL. Each one is different, but the basic techniques are the same.

This pair uses Swarovski crystal beads, and some other exotic looking beads that I had in my stash. I wired them on 14K gold plate findings.



This next pair is all sterling silver, with amethyst beads and pink quartz beads that I bought in Sedona.



Finally, this pair uses vintage pearl beads and minty green beads for a fresh, feminine look.



My husband gave me this necklace that I spied at an antique sale that we went to back in October. She used an old watch casing for the frame. Those are real diamonds around the bezel. She used a vintage dictionary page for the background and then added vintage rhinestone beads inside and a vintage rhinestone bead to the chain. It's so cool and one of my favorite pieces.


4 Comments:

Blogger Julie Boeck said...

Wow!!!!!!!! Beautiful! I wish my ears were pierced! I'd love to have a pair!

January 5, 2010 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger dianapena8 said...

Wow Erica, you are a talented beader, and that neklace is gorgeous =Di

January 5, 2010 at 6:25 PM  
Blogger Bettyann said...

I love the earrings you made for your family..beautiful

January 5, 2010 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Auntie Cake said...

Oh Erica! I loved seeing all your past creations. I am particularly drawn to your fairy tea party. So enchanting. I adore your sweet necklace, made from the old watch casing. What a sweet hubby to make sure you went home with it! And as for Etsy? I usually buy jewelry, antiques, or lately, I have been buying tutorials. But anything might catch my eye! I seem to love everything I find on there! Only wish my pocketbook could keep up with me! Take care, so much fun to be back with the blogging community!
Kate

January 6, 2010 at 3:14 PM  

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