These Beads Go With Everything!


These turquoise colored ceramic beads seem to match everything.

I love these turquoise-colored ceramic beads. No matter what I combine them with, they always look spectacular. Today’s featured design was just listed on my Etsy site. It was created is in honor of my sister who prefers a simple design over a statement piece. And, she isn’t alone. So, for all the women who like it simple, this one is for you.

And, while the necklace may be simple, it’s far from boring. The strands are choker length. But the handmade pendant hangs down another 4½ inches. Yeah, it’s not a Junebug if there isn’t a little bit of drama!

Yesterday, I showed you how great these beads look with the rock crystal pendant necklace I made. This design pairs the turquoise-colored beauties with their red counterparts. Together, they didn’t need much adornment, so I completed the design with gunmetal chain.

This necklace uses the same beads as the Rock Crystal Pendant Necklace (see yesterday’s post), but they look so different here.

Needless to say, you will see these beads again.


Today’s Jewelry Spotlight: Feathers for Earrings

Warning..these girls tickle!

I once had this idea to dress up cheap, wooden picture frames with feathers and beads to make unique settings for my favorite photos. So, I went out and bought all these bags of feathers.

I quickly got bored with this venture. It was a messy job and not as exciting as jewelry making. So, I put my glue gun aside. But, now I had all of these feathers.

Luckily for me, big earrings are back! And, if the reality shows I shouldn’t be watching are any indication, the more outlandish, the better.

So, I figured I would make a series of earrings with these feathers. The first of the designs is the star of this post.

As I mentioned in “Just Giving It All Away,” my sister Shelly was the muse who inspired this design. She’s an earring lady, and I thought these would be perfect for her. I just never got around to sending them and decided they belonged in the store. I’ll probably just make her a variation for Christmas. But, don’t tell her!

To create these, I dusted off my glue gun. After arranging three feathers (brown, cream and beige) just the way I wanted, I glued them together. Then, I took brass wire and wrapped it around the section I glued to secure the feathers together. I used additional wire to add the colorful ceramic beads that make the earrings pop.

I have to warn you. If you are ticklish, these may not be for you. My neck is extremely sensitive, so I don’t think I could wear them. But, I see plenty of folks who can rock the feathers just fine.

And, these earrings are just so cute!