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Sunday, January 30, 2011


I promised a photo of the gown I made for my granddaughter and here it is. I had to wait for my daughter to send the photo and then scan it in order to post it.

I realize it's a bit long. Not a bad fit for being over 5,000 miles away though! Plus she was bare footed for the play. If you remember she was in A Midsummer's Night Dream. I hope to give her sewing lessons when I visit.

Here's the bride gown for my other grandkid. It was a Halloween costume. No that's not an orange purse, hehe.


Now, for my recent jewelry creations:

With Valentine's Day in mind, I used red crystals paired with gray Swarovski pearls for these earrings. They  dangle from gold-filled ear wires. To keep the cost down I used Beadalon German wire. This is the first time I have used this product.

Beadalon German wire has copper and brass core with an anti-tarnish coating. I used the gold color with these designs. It looks pretty good in the finished design. I found working with it very easy. It is a bit soft and doesn't work harden very well. I tapped it with my nylon hammer and it became a bit harder. 

I would like to hear from anyone out there if they use this in their designs. I have used the 7/19/49 strand wire with crimp beads. Does anyone have any opinions about the German wire? If so I would love to hear from you.

This is a wrapped loop bracelet and earrings made with the wire.


Dangle earrings


My husband and I made a light box to photograph our jewelry. I will post more about that challenge next time!


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