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13 Chunky Jewelry Ideas

Marlee Turquoise Necklace Project

Marlee Turquoise Necklace

This necklace was built around these beautiful lampwork beads, to which I added turquoise, picture jasper, and silver-plated spacer beads. I strung the beads on accuflex wire and finished the necklace with a silver “S” hook. I added an extender chain, so that it can be worn short or longer depending on what neckline you […]

Georgia Necklace Project

Georgia Necklace

Inspired by my clever, sweet, tough, loyal daughter, I present this piece which displays nuggets of pink / brown howlite and chocolate brown potato pearls. This piece materialized after my youngest daughter insisted we purchase the howlite beads. If something is pink and interesting, my Georgia will see that it is not left behind. Wire-strung […]

Kenya Bracelet Project

Kenya Bracelet

I used eight 19mm round acrylic bronze and white beads, and strung them on white leather, knotting the leather in between the beads.  I used a bronze TierraCast toggle clasp.  I hardly ever name my pieces, but when this bracelet was completed the name came to mind immediately. Length: Approximately 7-1/4″.

Bedrock Bracelet Project

Bedrock Bracelet

Having bought a bundle of wonderful bright and somewhat crazy colored lamp work nuggets from blueseraphim (on Etsy), I decided that red coral chips and a bali silver toggle with red tigertail might be a great balance to show off the unusual shapes – I am very happy with the simplicity of the bracelet and […]

Blue Rain Necklace Project

Blue Rain Necklace

I’ve created this necklace using African cream disk trade beads, cream coral beads, and West African lost wax brass beads (basket shape). To add color to this piece I’ve added blue turquoise beads and antique gold Bali style spacers. Completing the necklace is a 22mm oxidized copper ring as the toggle clasp. This necklace measures […]

Autumn Jade Necklace Project

Autumn Jade Necklace

Inspired by colorful, fragrant, crisp autumn leaves. Large slabs of rich yellow jade, small cream and brown round beads of jasper and oval white potato pearls capture the best of my favorite season! Wire-strung with sterling silver crimps and crimp covers. Secured with a magnificent laced, long-oval sterling silver clasp.

Punk n Funk! Neclace Project

Punk n Funk! Neclace

It was another day at work, but it was different! I just could not get a hang of what to create, given so many new beads lay in front of me. That’s when I strung this neckpiece by clubbing all the funky beads together. The inspiration behind this necklace is punk. I love the clashing […]

Onyx and Wood Tribute Necklace Project

Onyx and Wood Tribute Necklace

This piece was inspired by a very special person. Recently, I was honored to be present at a local church to witness a performance by the African Children’s Choir. The choir director, a striking woman and former member who has since earned a degree in design, participated throughout the moving concert. Though I was far […]

The Raya Necklace Project

The Raya Necklace

The wooden crescent used in this piece was part of findings reserved for an upcoming collection for Chanel. I was lucky to run across this piece. The texture is very smooth and the pendant is large and unique. I added intricately carved cylinder wood as an accent and coconut beads to complete the necklace. I […]

Midnight Rendezvous Bracelet Project

Midnight Rendezvous Bracelet

All I wanted with these beads was for the shape and color to take front and center. The puffy triangle shape of the onyx made a beautiful statement. To highlight it’s beauty I used sterling silver beads and two square filigree bead caps. Since this is a fairly weighty piece, I added additional reinforcements by […]

Jaffa Necklace Project

Jaffa Necklace

This necklace was inspired by the artisan crafted lampwork beads. The leopard fire agate, fossil coral focal, autumn jasper and bronzite all compliment the colors in the lampwork beads. I strung the necklace on accuflex wire and then finished it with an antique silver hook and eye clasp. The beads and gemstones are separated and […]

Coloured Soul Tagua Necklace Project

Coloured Soul Tagua Necklace

This is a simple necklace to construct but fashionably effective. I paired tagua and acai berry with faux brown leather which I hand-knotted to allow the natural “vegetable ivory” tagua to show. The necklace is adjustable. I added cherry red acai berry beads to the ends for a finished look.

World Tour Mosaic Turquoise Necklace Project

World Tour Mosaic Turquoise Necklace

This necklace was inspired by a piece I saw of someone whose work I admire. I wanted to see if I could render something like it but in my own style. I love the boldness of the 20mm round mosaic turquoise beads and the contrast that the antiqued brass leaf motif beads caps provided against […]

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