With wedding jewelry finished (see my last several blog entries), this week I finally had time to try a couple of new designs that I've been carrying around at the back of my brain. The first is a bracelet that features Czech pressed glass flowers in sky blue and leaves in emerald green. These focal beads grace the center of individual beaded loops embellished with glass seed and bugle beads in shades of blue and green. The base of the bracelet is crocheted using sea green multi-strand nylon cord and sapphire blue wire.
The bracelet is secured with a button and loop closure.
The other design, which I've had in mind for months now, is most appropriate for the cooler months of autumn and winter. It is a necklace that features Swarovski crystal pearls in almond surrounded by a crocheted spiral using fiber that picks up the almond color of the pearls and adds shades of deeper brown, gray, slate, and gold. This yarn, Gioiello, by Filatura di Crosa, has a bit of mohair, giving a bit of halo effect to the spiral.
I haven't quite finished the necklace, but the photos below give a good idea of the design idea.