These earrings are made with Vintaj nickel-free brass components, Swarovski crystal beads, and a gemstone called micanite, which is said to improve communication between people and ease stress and anger. We offer the components to make these lovely earrings individually, or you can buy all the components together as one item. The earrings are also available already assembled.
Jean making her own Sundance-inspired bracelet
We have a regular gang for Bead Night at our shop in Alameda, and I love the sense of comfort and belonging that we share. What I’m really delighted by is the opportunities that arise for co-creating. There is an excitement and synergy that are present when someone adds their contribution to another person’s design.
Last night, Jean Wolslegel mentioned how much she liked the new necklace that I made during the week. It started off with my decision to experiment with Gilders Paste. I had put Gilders Paste on a Vintaj brass filigree and then polished up.
Gilded Lace Necklace
Our customer Amy Allen was in the shop and had inspired me to use the particular combination of Swarovski crystals and faceted glass rondelles. Another customer helped me decide on the combination of bead caps from Nunn Design and Tierracast. Lydia Chapman helped with the finishing touch of the dangle hanging from the filigree. I was proud of what “I” had made, and until I began writing this, I had forgotten how many people had helped me co-create it.
Annie Rutter at Bead Night
So last night, after Jean commented on the new necklace, Annie Rutter got curious about the gilders paste. So we got it out and started playing with it on some other components. I loved how Annie used it on the Mythical Wings from Vintaj. Even more, I loved her input on a new necklace that I was putting together. I used a Vintaj princess filigree around a blue hemimorphite focal bead. This got wired to another filigree. I strung up some harlequin beads, Swarovski crystals, and Swarovski pearls with little spacers. I stayed up late to finish it, but relished in the creative flow.
It’s so much fun when it is a group effort!
P.S. It was great to see Evan and Holly at bead night too!
Embrace the Steampunk look with sprockets!
Mix & match all of the new items from Vintaj now available! Click on each product on our New Products page to see examples of the items in completed jewelry. We’ve got Steampunk components, a new style of earwires, fun pendants and bezel settings, all for your beading and jewelry making projects! Great for metal stamping, too.
This Steampunk-inspired necklace at left is just one of many designs you can create using a combination of our new Vintaj items!