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~ Compliments ~
"Congratulations on having such gorgeous work published in Bead Stringing! I really like the cornucopia necklace. The jasper is beautiful! ... great job!" -- Tracy M., Alabama
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"Just wanted to say how much I love your "smoke on the water" design. Very elegant and simple." -- Nancy L., Morristown, NJ


~ Random Thoughts ~
My brother calls this one "Gothic." I just designed a necklace around a silver heart pendant that I've had for the longest time.
Gothic Necklace
I added black seed beads, silver daisies, and deep red freshwater pearls. I was surprised at how a simple design could look very attractive.

The first day I wore it, I had to stop by a couple of stores for errands. The sales clerk at Barnes and Noble asked if I make my jewelry, adding that it looked "professional." The cashier at Michael's asked the same question and said it looks "very nice." With a broad smile, I nodded, handed out a business card, and said, "There's more at my website." Even if they don't come around at all, I sure had a blast receiving the compliments. Simple joys make my day.

Grapevine

The moment I touched this calcite focal bead I knew I wouldn’t be able to put it down. Luckily, there were strands of oval faceted calcite beads hanging on the walls at the store. I was sure I’d have no problem using them.

On the contrary, it took a long while for me to design a necklace with the calcites mainly because nothing in my stash worked with their neon green color. What exactly can match up with neon green?

Several months later, I found my answer. A bag of amethyst rounds! 

To hold the big focal bead in place, I chose a thickset sterling silver pendant slider. Bali sterling silver rounds and a toggle clasp completed the set. To make the small amethyst beads coordinate with the rest of the elements, I created a three-strand deal gathered into Bali SS cones at the toggle. Dangling amethysts over and under the focal bead fine-tuned the design.

Grapevine

"My name is 'Grapevine'."

When I completed the necklace, I stared at it and asked, “What should I call you?” The yellow-green color and the etchings on the focal bead reminded me of sprouting leaves. The purple amethysts could only be grapes maturing on a vine. The necklace answered, “I’m Grapevine.”

Every creation needs a name. A name is better than a description. A descriptive name is best.

“Grapevine” was featured in Stringing Magazine Spring 2006.

Peach Princess and Grapevine in Stringing Spring 2006

Peach Princess and Grapevine in Stringing Spring 2006

 *** The “Grapevine” eProject is available at Interweave Store. Click here to buy now! ***

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Peach Princess

“The gold and glitter, the swaying leaves, and the soft shimmer of peach—this dainty necklace will take you to the land of princess fairies, dreams, and fantasies.” – Ruby Bayan

For the Stringing Spring 2006 issue, the editors sent out a color palette as inspiration for the contributors’ submissions. One of the color combinations in the palette that caught my attention was the peach orange and lime swatch.

I had some pinkish leaf-shaped glass beads that I imagined would look great as dangles. Of course, peach-pink crystals and gold-filled chain and findings would all match. And naturally, the design had to be dainty.

Unlike my other designs that evolve as I play around with the beads, this one I had to sketch first. The placement of the beads had to be precise; the dangles have to hang nicely and lay flat. And the accents must be at the right places. I chose carnelian, aventurine, and rose quartz rounds as accents.

Peach Princess

"Peach Princess"

This piece may have been influenced by other home arts my mother taught me, like embroidery, crochet, and weaving. Art is art; creativity draws from exposure and immersion. 

“Peach Princess” appeared in Stringing Spring 2006, together with “Grapevine.”

Peach Princess and Grapevine in Stringing Spring 2006

Peach Princess and Grapevine in Stringing Spring 2006

 *** The “Peach Princess” eProject is available at the Interweave Store. Click here to buy now! *** 

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Bridal Jewelry Project

In January 2009, my son’s friends Rej and Oneal advised me of their plans for a Star Wars Wedding in Manila. Rej said she will wear a replica of Queen Amidala’s wedding dress from the movie series. And they wanted me to be one of their primary sponsors. I readily accepted, feeling honored to stand witness to their union. Then I said, “Let me make your bridal jewelry for you.” The following month, exactly one year from their wedding date, I drew the first drafts of my first bridal jewelry project. [Story and photo journal here.]

Bridal Jewelry for a Star Wars Wedding

Bridal Jewelry for a Star Wars Wedding

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Olea europaea

I went inside a bead store with a clean slate. I said I will look for a focal bead and see where it takes me. I saw these interesting grayish ceramic beads that had irregularly shaped black markings on them. I grabbed some discs and a few cubes.

With the ceramic beads in my hand, I wandered about the store looking for matching elements. I ended up at the seed bead section and picked up tubes of green and gray matte seeds.

When I got home, I gathered some silver rounds and a toggle clasp and went to work. The design came easily once I had all the elements on my beading mat.

Olea europaea

Olea europaea

 

Now what to name the piece. Because the ceramic beads and the overall color theme of the necklace reminded me of olives, I called it “Olea europaea” — the scientific name of the olive.

Then I sent the design to Stringing Magazine for consideration. They liked it! The piece appeared in the Fall 2006 issue and again in “The Best of Stringing 2009.”

Olea Europea on Stringing Fall 2006

Olea Europea on Stringing Fall 2006

I distinctly remember being a tad uncomfortable about the heftiness of this necklace because I’ve always favored light and simple designs. But I guess it’s okay to explore outside my comfort zone every now and then.

***  The Olea Europea eProject is available at the Interweave Store. Click here to buy now! ***

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Luau

“Imagine swaying palm trees, flaming torches, and a spread of tropical fruits and smoke-grilled seafood. You glide into the luau in your strap sandals, flowing sarong, and . . . this necklace.” – Ruby Bayan

That was my lead for this piece when I submitted it to the Stringing editors. They chose it for the Summer 2007 issue, to grace the collection of necklaces themed “All Natural.”

I started with the curly shells as the focal beads. I had some heishi shells as well as tube shells in my stash, so I thought putting them all together would make sense. Smooth Swarovski pearls in colors taken from the shells (green, gold, cream) provided the contrast that balanced the design. I chose gold beading wires and let them show through the gaps of the curly shells and double strands of pearls.

Luau

Luau

Mother Nature gives us a wide range of materials to create beautiful jewelry. We just need to pay attention.

*** The “Luau” eProject is available at the Interweave Store. Click here to buy now! ***

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Avalon

One of my first tries at wire wrapping is this piece I call “Avalon.” My brother said it looked Persian/Indian. I created this back in June 2005. I was never able to use it until Feb of this year, as an accessory to my attire for a Star Wars wedding.

Avalon

Avalon

My costume was a takeoff from the blue dress worn by Breha Organa, the Queen of Alderaan and stepmother of Princess Leia. The costume had a veil and it needed a pendant to hold the front ends together just above the knees. I tried looking around for pendant beads but this old wire-wrapped moss agate piece fit the bill perfectly.

Star Wars Costumes: Obi Wan Kenobi and Breha Organa

Star Wars Costumes: Obi Wan Kenobi and Breha Organa

Sometimes it takes years for a piece of jewelry to do what it was meant to.

Follow the stories here:

The Rosero Star Wars Wedding

My Breha Organa Star Wars Wedding Costume  (The Making)

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Carnelian Cubes

My carnelian cubes bracelet was published in Stringing Spring 2006. Imagine my joy when I saw the bracelet on the subscription slip of the Winter 2006 issue of the magazine!

Naturally, I framed the bracelet with the subscription slip. Who knows when something like this would happen again?

Carnelian Cubes Bracelet

Carnelian Cubes Bracelet

Framing the bracelet would mean I wouldn’t be able to use it anymore. I love the smooth and cool feel of the carnelian stones, so I went ahead and made another one — not an exact duplicate but close. Which I ended up giving away when I went to Manila last February. Well, I can always make yet another one — not an exact duplicate but close.

The original piece will forever be the original. A duplicate, no matter how faithful to the original will always be a duplicate.

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Smoke On The Water

“Like a shimmering lake kissed by a misty fog, the sparkle of the sapphire blue crystals fade into the hazy dreamlike charm of the opalite stones.” – Ruby Bayan

This is the other necklace that Stringing published in their Fall 2005 issue themed after the four elements, earth, water, fire, and air. My Smoke On The Water piece was for, yes, water.

Smoke On The Water

Smoke On The Water

 I was so thrilled that this necklace was selected because then all the time and effort I put into making it paid off.

When I imagined the design, I had no idea how many dangles I would need to compose the frill effect beside the opalite stones. But I knew I had to make several so I started doing that first. The blue and white crystal frills needed to be just the right number — not too few, not too many. I have to admit, I restrung this necklace several times to get just the right volume of frills.

At times, building jewelry is much like cooking. You need to prepare all the ingredients first, patiently and meticulously, before you can put them all together in one step to complete the dish.

Cornucopia and Smoke On The Water on Stringing Fall 2005

Cornucopia and Smoke On The Water on Stringing Fall 2005

*** The “Smoke On The Water” eProject is available at the Interweave Store. Click here to buy now! ***   

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