Vintage Appeal

If you saw my Back to Earthy post about the Wooden Pendant Necklace and Earring Set I created, then you might have seen me mention that I took a new design direction with my jewelry after finishing that set. Not sure what originally inspired this next piece. It might have been me thinking about the Blue Cluster Beaded Necklace I made for my sister-in-law (which I would have loved for myself too) or perhaps it had to do with the amber color glass beads I bought (just because I liked them) which reminded me of my grandmother's necklace. In either case, I started designing jewelry with a vintage appeal.

Since I was drawn to these glass amber color beads, I just bought them figuring I would think of something to do with them in the future. After much debating about what color findings would work best (silver - no, gold - no, black - maybe) and what style necklace would look best (funky strung beads, delicate wire linked), I bought some copper chain, clasps, jump rings, earring wires and eye pins. I created the beaded links using a clear seed bead on each side of the amber color bead. Making each strand of beads slightly longer than the next and adding strings of chain between, I gathered each side with a jump ring and used a small length of chain to connect to the lobster clasp. 

To complement the necklace, I made the earrings with a small length of chain, amber bead, and seed bead on a copper earring wire. I absolutely love this set - just wish I had more clothes to wear it with. Somehow my wardrobe has turned slowly into jeans and simple t-shirts since my days of staying at home. And although this does look beautiful with a heathered-brown tee that I have, it just doesn’t do it justice. Time for a shopping spree? Yes, please!