Saturday, September 14, 2013

Pearls, Pearls, Pearls!

Michelle Buettner of MiShel Designs is a real Pearl Girl! She loves pearls, and makes most of her jewelry from.....Pearls! It was only natural that she decided to host a blog hop that showcased items made from pearls. Thank you, Michelle, for the chance to show off some pearl creations!

I am pretty sure that pearls are one of those universal beads that every jewelry artist has in their stash, and that every woman has in their jewelry box. The array of pearls that are available to the artist is amazing, ranging from glass to plastic to shell to the real deal! Some of my favorite pearls are vintage pearls. There are pearls with no holes, with half-drilled holes, little bitty holes, and now there are even some with big holes, and they come in every size and shape.

My creations used just a few of the above kinds of pearls. The first pink and silver necklace has pink glass pearls, pink cultured sea glass, and pink crystals from ZNETSHOWS.


The second one used red and white glass pearls in two different sizes, also from ZNETSHOWS



The necklace shown below used one strand of glass pearls from B'Sue Boutiques, and two strands of real pearls from Integrity Pearls. The big off-white plastic pearl cabachon, as well as the brass stampings, crystals, and chain also came from B'sue Boutiques. The small pearl was a button that I had in my button stash.




This long necklace can be worn several different ways, and used large white glass pearl rondelles from ZNETSHOWS




Want to check out the other participants' pearl creations? Just click on the links below, and you will be taken to Pearl Heaven!! Have a great day!

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25 comments:

  1. Wow somebody was busy! I love the pop the maroon pearls give that second necklace. It's perhaps slightly unexpected but fits perfectly. Thanks for showing your pearls off, great job :-)

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    1. Thank you, Liz. I love that necklace, but my sister has confiscated it, lol!!

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  2. Beautiful, unique, and elegant creations!
    Therese

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    1. Thank you, Therese! Your comment is much appreciated!!

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  3. What a gorgeous collection of feminine necklaces! Each one has it's own unique twist on a classic design. The show stopper with the pearl cabochon is amazing!

    Lynda

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    1. Thank you for the complement, Lynda! I have been experimenting with designs in that genre. I'm glad you liked it!

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  4. Beautiful - all of them!! I love the wire work in your first pink necklace, that's very pretty. The pops of red on the second one really make it stand out. And the Cabachon necklace is just stunning. I rarely create or wear anything with a vintage flair, but I do love to drool over this style and you have created one that is super special indeed! I also like the last one with all the pink tones and various shapes/sizes of beads mixed with your pretty pearls, it's something you could wear all the time! Thanks for participating in the hop and sharing your great designs - I hope you had fun!

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    1. I did have fun with this hop, thank you so much for hosting and letting me participate! I am really enjoying looking at everyone's great Pearl creations!

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  5. Lovely pearl jewelry pieces! Love the suttle color variations and use of metal.

    Enjoy the hop ;)

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I am emjoying the hop so far!

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  6. All four of your Pearl Necklace are so pretty!

    Enjoy the Hop!

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    1. Thank you so much! This is a very enjoyable hop so far, gorgeous pieces!

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  7. holy smokes! you were busy with all these designs! I like how each one is different with a style of its own ... I'm not sure I could pick a favorite - they are all wonderful

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    1. Thank you so much! I guess I am still trying to find my "style", as I enjoy using lots of technques!

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  8. Hi Gina. I like all of your designs and the wirework in the pink design is really nice! I have to say my fav is the three strand stunner with the cabochon focal. I love the colors!

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  9. Thank you, Tracy! I hope to do some more work in this style, as I love the "vintage" look. Glad you came by!

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  10. Love your creations, especially the 'Victorian' style necklace, I enjoyed seeing that one specifically! :) I like working in the "vintage/Victorian" style myself...

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    1. Thank you, Ev! There are so many design options and ideas, my head gets too full sometimes! That was actually my third attempt at that necklace, the first two I just wasn't satisfied with the patina I used. Have fun!!

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  11. These are all beauties, but the simplicity and soft colors of the first and the boldness of the third pulled me right in to them. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Christine! I am usually drawn to the bold rather than soft and simple myself, but I love that first necklace, and was thrilled upon it's completion.

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  12. Wow! Such variety!!

    I must say I favor the multi-strand one the most!

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    1. Thank you Kashmira! I had a lot of fun making all of them!

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  13. You've made such interesting pieces, some using just a smattering of pearls and one using strands of them! They each look great in their own way, and pearls really add to the look of every one!

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  14. Wow. How beautiful. I love the long one. I have learned so much from this challenge about pearls. I am so glad Shel did this hop! Great Job. Thanks for sharing

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  15. I love your designs and the variety in the necklaces you made. I've never shopped at some of the places you mentioned, but I will definitely add them to my list!
    Lisa
    http://www.lisayangjewelry.com

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