My teacher was a very patient lady and I was blessed to be the only one in the class. She was conservation minded, just like me, so she did not mind that I felt compelled to save every last scrap of the sterling silver wire that I had to cut off. She showed me a lot of pieces that she had done, then encouraged me to be creative.
Since then, I have gone on to wrap a lot more stones and create a lot more necklaces. If you were to ask me “Which comes first? the Pendant or the Necklace design?” I would tell you that 99.99% of the time it is the pendant that comes first. I love to collect beautiful stone. Some are semi-precious and some are not. As I make the pendants and necklaces, I try to learn something about the stones and their meanings and properties. I try to share that information when I share the pieces with others.
Here are a two of my latest pieces. They are all for sale at www.beadpatternsboutique.com/catalogue.php in my Designer Jewelry category (Bouncing Wolf Creations)
I am attracted to Tiger’s Eye and when I saw this beautiful 1.75 inch Tiger Iron donut with all of it’s added pink and peach colors, I had to wrap it. I used four strands of square sterling silver wire for the wrap and the bail accents.
Tiger's Eye is a symbol of Commitment, Strength, Creativity and Courage. It is said to help the wearer focus through pain and stress. It sharpens your perception, focus & clarity. It balances & brings prosperity.
The 19.75 inch necklace features 4mm Tiger Eye beads, Tiger Eye nuggets, base metal spacers, and 8/0 glass beads. The clasp is sterling silver. It is strung on 19 strand nylon coated stainless steel wire. This is a one-of-a-kind piece.
Necklace and Earrings
Lapis Lazuli is a semi precious stone prized for its deep blue color. It is said to have the ability to increase the wearers psychic ability, virility and calm. It enhances creative self-expression, making it a great stone for teachers and speakers.
The pendant in this one-of-a-kind piece features a 1.5 inch Lapis donut wrapped in four strands of square sterling silver wire. The bail decorations include twisted wire rosettes, a sworovski crystal bicone and sterling silver beads.
The 20 inch necklace is strung on 19 strand nylon coated stainless steel wire and features 4mm and 8 mm Lapis beads, Czech glass beads, sterling silver spacers and a heart-shaped sterling silver toggle clasp.
The matching earrings are 2 inches long and feature 4mm Lapis beads, and Czech glass bead. The ear wire are sterling silver.
This is a one-of-a-kind set.
Hope you like what you see. If you would like to see some more, check out my Designer Jewelry page at www.beadpatternsboutique.com/catalogue.php. I offer free Priority Shipping to the US and Canada. But, don’t be afraid to ask for international shipping. We can work something out.
Thanks for looking and sharing with me.
Beth “Bouncing Wolf” Rudy
Original Native-style bead weaving patterns available at:
www.beadpatternsboutique.com/catalogue.php & http://www.thebeadcoop.com/