Posts Tagged 'earrings'

Killing time in the deep freeze

This is what Lake Ontario has looked like these past few days. The entire inner harbour is frozen, to the point where only the marine fire unit and the Porter ferry are cutting through. In other words… it’s been cold. Like -40 cold.

Lake Ontario ©Shireen Nadir 2014

Mind you, I heard that Winnipeg was the same temperature as the arctic a few days ago, so I’ve no right to complain ;) I’ve also found ways to kill the time indoors (not because even I have limits… but because my camera does) and I’ve been playing with polymer clay.  Here is another channel bracelet cuff with a pair of matched earrings that were coated in resin to bring out the colour. Every time, just a little bit better :)

Polymer Clay Cuff ©Shireen Nadir 2014 Polymer Clay Cuff ©Shireen Nadir 2014 Polymer Clay Cuff ©Shireen Nadir 2014 Polymer Clay Cuff ©Shireen Nadir 2014 Polymer Clay Cuff ©Shireen Nadir 2014 Polymer Clay Cuff ©Shireen Nadir 2014

Haven’t made Jewellery in a while…

So I made these lovelies on the weekend :)

©Shireen Nadir 2013

All supplies from Beadfx.

  • Open lever backed earring closures
  • Silver finish hummingbird charms
  • 3mm round Swarovski crystals in colour ‘denim blue’
  • Ball point head pins
  • Swarovski Elements Rhinestones – 12 mm Rivoli Cut Pointed Back Foiled Rhinestone
  • Silver Stone mount Rivoli


Crystal Ball earrings

Quickie post tonight as I blog from Calgary where it is colder and darker than it has any right to be.

These earrings were made last week, out of a new product that BeadFX is carrying – these lovely little antique brass spheres with embedded swaovski crystals :)

I love them :) Instant wardrobe staple.


Resin and Washi – Take II

I loved the washi bracelets from a few weeks ago and decided I couldn’t stop there; here are my latest attempts :)

Ice Resin bracelet

I love this one – hematite findings with a toggle clasp and black/white/pink washi.

Ice Resin bracelet

Because the ring and the backing are not one piece I had to make my own bezel. I used contact paper on the back of the ring to make a seal, placed a thin glaze of jewellers grade resin on the back, placed the washi inside and added a second pour, including the dome. The paper ends up nicely sealed inside the resin and after it’s cured you can pull the contact paper off the back and add your own backing.

Ice Resin bracelet

To make sure the paper didn’t go translucent on me I sealed it using Modge Podge beforehand. I let this dry for a full day, to make sure it was totally cured before adding the resin.

Ice Resin bracelet

Turquoise and antique copper are one of my favourite colour combos.

Ice Resin earrings

2 extra medallions went into a cute pair of earrings.

I’ve been doing some more work with resin and flower petals – more pics tomorrow!

Glass Goodies…

lampworked glass

These goodies are all from last weeks lampworking session – enjoy!

lampworked glass

lampworked glass
I also made this red pendant -

lampworked glass

…which goes so beautifully with one of my favourite scarves…

lampworked glass

And these earrings

lampworked glass

Which had to be rescued by all the glue I spilled on them…

lampworked glass

Hope everyone is enjoying the morning =o)

Pretty little things

Just a random smattering of what I’ve been up to lately – Enjoy!

Following on the fun I had with my swirly mugs I tried to take the same technique to this vase. One thing I’m realizing is that the shellac doesn’t form a complete barrier against the underglaze, but I kind of like it that way.

I love the colours – this was inspired by the white sand and blue green colours of the beaches in Maui – a place I have been wanting to return to so I could take up surfing.

Another random thing are these earrings I made on the weekend:

Mom and I saw these at the Swarovski store at the mall on the weekend and decided to make our own versions. I love them, and they’re a far cry from being $120 a pair ;o)

Genuine Swarovski orchids (I love how they look like trilliums) hanging from sterling silver chain.

The design was inspired by these but I humbly admit that I like my version better.

  • I’m not into hearts
  • These particular stones have a front and a back to them – which to me doesn’t make sense on a flashy, dangly earring. I’d rather know that the sparkle factor would be the same no matter which way it was hanging!

In other news my sweater is off the needles and blocking – I’ll try it on as soon as it’s dry, make the buttons this weekend and decide what I’m doing with the neckline (possibly a hoodie)

It’s going to be sunny and 8 degrees in Toronto this weekend, welcome April!

Making myself jewellery – third time’s the charm!

I’ve not had a lot of luck with this ‘making something for myself’ business’. The first bracelet I spent loads on, and it got lost on the subway. The second bracelet was just as lovely if not quite as pricey and I managed to lose one of the earrings. This time I’ve learned; not only did I go for an even sturdier construction (light gauge steel cable, doubled throughout the piece) but my mom paid for all the supplies, thus removing the guilt factor from making myself a third (and hopefully not doomed) item.

Aquamarine necklace

Mom bought me two ropes of my favourite semi-precious stone; Aquamarine. (I know, it’s a shocker. I mean, I hardly ever wear turquoise…) I decided to make the clasp the main event – so two little bejewelled arms come together over over a ring to close the piece. Strung through the ring is a fine silver chain with silver filigree cones at each end, and each cone has another bead of aquamarine nestled within.

Aquamarine necklace

I like the way the weight of the charms pulls the necklace down in the middle.

Aquamarine necklace

Aquamarine earringsThe earrings are similarly dangly.

The bracelet is doubled steel cable as well, with double crimps on the end. I could get into a super huge, multiple opponent, fight to the death match on the ttc, during rush hour, and still karatefy every last son-of-a-motherless-goat, while engaged in a Mexican knife fight… and this bracelet would survive. I’m sure of it.

Aquamarine necklace

Aquamarine Bracelet

I think it’s a little on the dressy side for me to be able to pull it off daily, but it’s definitely work-worthy. Hopefully this one lasts!

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