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Beautiful Bracelet with Pearls Pearls & more Pearls

by geisha on Jun.07, 2010, under Handmade Jewelry

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Beautiful Bracelet with Pearls Pearls & more Pearls

I love freshwater pearls and these days the possibilities are endless with freshwater pearls! You can get them in any shape or color. My favorite shape is keshi, which look kinda like fruity pebbles. Lately I have been making bracelets that involve a lot of pearls. I pick a color, then vary the shades and shapes to make a charm-like bracelet. I hand string freshwater pearls with swarovski crystals onto antique copper and brass headpins and wrap em up tight! Then I painstakingly open and close chain links and indivually add one pearl at a time. I try to throw in a glass or gemstone briolette here and there.

To finish it off I add a toggle clasp. This clasp here is an antique coppper flower toggle clasp that I import for Istanbal, Turkey! To veiw more pics of this bracelet head over to my etsy store at GeishaCreations.etsy.com

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My Favorite new stone, Kyanite!

by geisha on Jun.01, 2010, under Handmade Jewelry

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I recently have been getting more and more into semi-precious stones. While browsing a little shop downtown Spokane, I cam across a stone I had never used before, Kyanite. It is instantly my new favorite. It is iridescent like labradorite, but in a vibrant pale blue color. I have been searching the web for wholesale Kyanite ever since! I used long teardrops to make these beautiful earrings. A simple wire-wrap job and sterling silver earring wires complete the look. Sometimes when you have a piece of stone so pretty, simplicity is best!Shimmering Slate Earrings

To see these earrings or more jeweley by GeishaCreations just  go to GeishaCreations.etsy.com

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Owl Obsession

by geisha on Apr.17, 2010, under News & Events

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Anytime I find an owl bead, I have to buy it! I don’t know where the obsession came from, but I just love owls! They remind me of the 1970’s and my grandparents basement, that is, well, stuck in the 1970’s! They just have a very retro quality, especially when you find owl beads with big exaggerated eyes. I have made several pairs of owl earrings in my days, people either love them or hate them. Here is a pair I did with they lovely colorful enameled beads.

Hooots Earrings

Enamel beads paired with swarovski briolettes and gold findings

And here is another page I did with brown czech glass owl beads that have a gold finish on them to emphasize the details of the beads.

Hooters Earrings

Brown owl beads with gold embellishment and super sparkly faceted gold glass beads

You never know where you will find your next owls beads. I have found them at pawn shops, thrift stores and antique stores. (And well of course in the funky bead stores) Well, I hope you enjoy owls as much as I do!

If you like these designs, you can see more at my shop at GeishaCreations.etsy.com

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Creating a Theme: A fun way to use shark teeth!

by geisha on Apr.13, 2010, under Handmade Jewelry, Jewelry Making

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When Jaws Attacks Earrings

A combination of shark teeth, sea glass and pearls

About six months ago a co-worker aware of my jewelry obsession brought me some shark teeth. He thought perhaps I could use them in my jewelry. Weeks and months went by and I just wasn’t quite ready to tackle those shark teeth. After a while, that little bag of shark teeth seemed to be taunting me while I was making jewelry. I just didn’t know where to begin.

The other night I decided it was time to attempt to create with the shark teeth. First I had to figure out how I was going to string these shark teeth, after all they didn’t have any holes. I knew I was going to have to wire-wrap them. I first tried with a wire that was too thick, I think 20 gauge. The wire just wouldn’t stay put! Then I switched to a thinner wire and it worked much better. I wrapped them until they were very secure and made a bail out of wire so I could attach them a chain.

Now that the hardest part was over, I had to decide what to pair these shark teeth with. I first was drawn to turquoise, to create an overall earthy look. Then it dawned on me. Under the Sea! I had a baggie full of sea glass that I have accumulated over time, some really pretty keshi pearls and and shell beads to hang everthing from. In all, I really like these earrings and think that somehow they actually look quite feminine even with the shark teeth.

When Jaws Attacks Earrings

Funky and Fun!

The jagged shark tooth is balanced by the smooth sea glass. The matte finish glass is balanced by the shiny surface of the pearl. And the masculine qualities of the shark tooth are balanced by the feminine qualities of the keshi pearl. Harmony.

If you like these earrings, check out my shop at GeishaCreations.etsy.com

When Jaws Attacks Earrings

Can you tell I LOVE the ocean?


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Found Beads! What to do with all those darn random beads!

by geisha on Apr.08, 2010, under Handmade Jewelry, Jewelry Making

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The Jungle Mixed Media Necklace

From wooden leaf beads to vintage lucite beads

Recently, I was on a long earring making kick. I made like 30 pairs in month and one day I just needed to switch it up. I began to search the bottom of my bead drawers to see what was down there. If you are a beader, you know what I mean. Sometimes you will finish a project and have two of a certain bead left. After time, this can add up until suddenly my OCD kicks in and I just must re-organize everthing! So what to do with all the random beads? I decided to group them all into color categories. Browns, blues, greens and yellow. Looking over my brown pile, I realized I had some pretty cool beads there. I’m glad I didn’t just decide to throw them out one day in order to keep the bottom of my beading drawers clean! I used all of those beads to create a long, like over 4 1/2 ft long, necklace that can be worn doubled or trippled around your neck. I used a black cotton stringing cord and seperated each bead with a knot. The result is a bunch of random beads that come together to make one cohesive looking necklace. The beads are very varied. There are shell beads, bone beads, wooden shapes in different finishes, blown glass, vintage lucite beads from some old costume jewelry, brass and antique copper findings, and faceted fire-polished glass beads.

The Jungle Mixed Media Necklace

The thing that I really like about this necklace is that all the beads are in the same color pallete, but they are very different shapes, textures and finishes. So I hope I have inspired all to keep those random beads and make something great with them! To check out the necklace feel free to visit my etsy store and convo me with any questions! – GeishaCreations.etsy.com

The Jungle Mixed Media Necklace

Keep those random beads!


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