Here's a picture of the raw materials from Donna (lampwork spacers and large tablets, Czech glass flowers, vintage tin discs, beadcaps and connectors, a brass toggle clasp, lucite flowers in various colors, and metallized plastic coppertone beads.)
There was more than enough to make a few pieces. I started with a necklace, and decided copper would go nicely with both the orange and the aqua in the lampwork beads.
The little lampwork spacers Donna sent with the large tablets were, of course, perfect accents, so I used those, and threw in a few favorite copper beads, some of my own copper beadcaps, and the vintage tin caps, linking all together with copper wire. The Czech glass flowers in aqua were just perfect to dangle from the lampwork focal, along with a copper flower charm. I just happened to have some fabulous hand-dyed silk ribbon in lime green, which tied in the lucite flower in lime. I added some rectangular link chain, and that was that!
Next I thought I would do a bracelet. I used essentially the same elements as for the necklace, minus the copper beads:
I created a toggle clasp with the focal bead, and again used the lampwork spacers, tin beadcaps, lime lucite flower, Czech flowers, silk ribbon and carnelian. I also added a little verdigris patina beadcap by Shannon LeVart on top of a faceted round of red agate. I strung the beads on Beadalon in "satin copper", with tiny emerald green seed beads in between to give some drape between the beads.
Next I decided I would try some earrings with the little tin discs, combining them with some patinated copper rings by Shannon LeVart, and seed beads. The vintage floral design adds a nice touch!
I also wanted to do some earrings with the tin beadcaps. I ran out of the lampwork spacers, so I pawed through my stash to find some gemstones that would work. These green aventurine roundels below were just the right shade of mint green--like a lighter version of the kelly green in the lampwork. I mixed them up with tiny turquoise heishi, and hand-formed copper earwires embellished with bright turquoise blue seed beads.
I'm so tickled to have a few of the wonderful focal beads left. I can't wait to use them again!
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