Tag Archives: filigree

September 4th, 2011

4 Sep


This old, old, old necklace has a mix of glass beads and pretty, lacey filigree. I haven’t worn it in years and forgot how much I liked it.


Wednesday, May 25th

25 May


From the cover of my book.

Sunday, May 1st

1 May

Today I attended a cocktail party in a fancy garden. The party was a fund raiser connected to a funky garden group I am part of. I was planning on wearing a very craftique dress with a loud print, bright embroidery and a tassel. I would have paired it with red platform sandals and a bright red necklace.

Lucky for me, I ran late.

My friend Elizabeth showed up to go to the party and she was wearing a nice black dress, dramatic but tasteful jewelry and nothing odd.

I changed and was VERY glad.

The garden was filled with nice dresses, seasonally-appropriate tunics with capris, tasteful accessories.

Thank goodness for tardiness.

This necklace was perfect; crystal drop, embellished filigree element, double chain.

Friday, April 29th

29 Apr

This necklace is made with Swarovski crystal pearls and a filigree locket. A silhouette of a woman wearing a hat resides in the locket but I’ve been meaning to replace it with my daughters.

This necklace appeared in Beading With Filigree. I really like the loops of strung brass crimps used as beads that attach the pearl strand to the chain sections.

I wanted to wear a vintage orange glass necklace today but I couldn’t find it. Then I remembered today was the Royal Wedding Day and I decided this necklace was more appropriate.

Tuesday, April 19th

19 Apr


This necklace was featured in Beading With Filigree. I originally made it without any beads and wrote up the project for the book but then was reminded that it needed to have beads to be included in Beading With Filigree.

Red lacquered round filigree, antique copper chain, vintage and new red beads in a bunch of shapes. The design is awkward unless worn longer, but it didn’t match my outfit if I wore it longer so I tied it up a bit. Yes, that’s right, I used the super-technical ‘knot’ to shorten the necklace.

Thursday, April 14th

14 Apr


This butterfly is stitched to the square filigree backing with beading wire. Full instructions are available.

Monday, March 14th

15 Mar

This necklace is a modification of the one I made for this tutorial for Ornamentea.com. I made the original necklace last year and after we shot the tutorial I decided to make some changes to the design. I removed the small brass envelope and shortened the length. The crystal rhinestones feel very fancy to me and I wanted to feel fancy today.

I actually felt tired because it takes me a few weeks to get adjusted to Daylight Savings Time. This is a strategy I employ when I feel tired or sick; I dress up a bit. Not that I think dressing better will make me feel better. It’s just that dressing in comfy sweats and a tee would feel good until I caught a glimpse of myself and then I’d think ‘Well, she could have made a bit of an effort, right?’

I even tried to wear some platform-y black sandals today but that didn’t work out. I carried them to work in my bag but they went right onto the floor of the office and stayed there all day. Actually, the sandals are still on the office floor. It’s midnight. I hope they aren’t lonely.

The directions to this necklace are available here. You’ll have to make your own modifications.

Friday, March 11th

11 Mar

Ohh, so tired tonight. Very late at work prepping for an event…this swashbuckling design didn’t protect me from tired feet.
I made this for a magazine submission but it never was published. They held on to it for ages. When it came back I was surprised; I’d kinda forgotten what it looked like.

Maybe the skull is too specific? Not pretty enough?