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Friday, June 5, 2015

Adventures with Handmade Ceramic Beads - Part 2

I thoroughly enjoyed creating a new necklace and pair of earrings with two handmade ceramic focal beads and pale turquoise ceramic rounds made by Cindy of Art and Soul Jewelry.

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Necklacewww.etsy.com/listing/236052330 or www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/JewelryByScotti/12003166

Earringswww.etsy.com/listing/235938803 or www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/JewelryByScotti/12003172

Here are the beads "before" . . .

My parcel arrived with an extra gift inside, a darling little flower bead with a spiral center, so I used that as well.

Soothing turquoise, teal, and blue harmonize with creamy gold crazy lace agate chips to create a symphony of serenity in this “Tranquility” statement necklace. You can almost hear the gentle waves lapping against the sandy shore. 

To complement Cindy's beautiful work I chose crazy lace agate chips in creamy tan and gold, peacock blue glass pearls, shimmery teal porcelain ovals with coffee-colored specks, and Montana matte Picaso beads. 

The matching earrings also feature crazy lace agate chips and peacock blue glass pearls, along with the handmade pale turquoise ceramic beads. French hook ear wires are sterling silver.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Adventures with Handmade Ceramic Beads - Part 1

What happens when you hang out at the _Ceramic Art Bead Market_ on Facebook? You get to see amazing, gorgeous, fascinating, delightful creations by some truly talented ceramic bead designers! (And you also run the risk of spending a lot of money... but let's not dwell on that!)

I am having such fun bidding on beads and, if I win the bid, making them into unique pieces of jewelry that express a wide variety of moods, tones, and fashion statements.

For example....

Look at these wonderful handmade green ceramic beads from _NKP Designs_.

I decided to create a necklace I call “Secret Garden” using AB amethyst faceted round glass beads with the handmade ceramic clay beads in different sizes and shades of  apple green, asparagus, avocado, fern green, pistachio, and anjou pear. Antiqued silver bead caps from my friends at Sturee Tribal Village embrace the large central bead.

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I chose amethyst faceted glass rounds to add the suggestion of lilacs to the glorious greens in this secret garden. A lovely 7/16 inch purple and green silk ribbon called “Monet” brings these two colors together. Silvery light gray Crystazzi pearls contribute shimmer and shine. Continuing the antiqued silver tone set by the bead caps are large hammered rings, chain, and an ornate teardrop toggle clasp. The necklace measures 22-1/2 inches in length.

The color green soothes and relaxes us mentally. It can symbolize abundance, prosperity, hope, life, and nature. The color purple is said to symbolize wisdom, inspiration, spirituality, royalty, mystery, and magic.

Stay tuned for more of my "Adventures with Handmade Ceramic Beads"!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cinnabar: Get the Look without the Liability

According to minerals-n-more.com: "The word 'cinnabar' comes from the Persian for 'dragon's blood'. Cinnabar was mined by the Roman Empire for its mercury content and it has been the main ore of mercury throughout the centuries." Pure cinnabar is a gorgeous vermillion red. Even if it is impure -- brownish red, cinnamon, or brick red -- the color is still striking.

Dragon's Blood *
Cool name. Cool color. What's not cool is what happened to the people who mined or worked with cinnabar historically. Notice the words "mercury content" above. Mercury is toxic to human skin. Exposure causes tremors that progress to extreme mood changes, loss of hearing, restricted vision, and severe mental derangement. Damage may also occur to the liver and kidneys.

According to the Dartmouth University Toxic Metals program, "The Romans used their mercury mines as penal institutions for criminals, slaves, and other undesirables. The warders were among the first to recognize that there was a high likelihood that the prisoners would become poisoned and spare the keepers the need for formal executions." Nice.

So while mixing red mercury ore with an equal amount of burning sulphur does create a fabulous shade of red paint, the cinnabar in my jewelry was made a different way (for which you should be grateful)!

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These days what we call cinnabar is actually a heavy molded polymer made to resemble cinnabar beads, or the red lacquered wood from the cinnabar tree which also grows in Southeast Asia.

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Isn't it great to know that when you wear my my cinnabar creations, you'll not only be beautiful -- you'll stay alive! Always a plus in my book.

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* "Dragon's blood (Daemomorops draco)" by Andy Dingley - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dragon%27s_blood_(Daemomorops_draco).jpg#/media/File:Dragon%27s_blood_(Daemomorops_draco).jpg