October 17, 2004

Sprung!

Sprung!

I was really stumped for a title for this pendant at first, then I realized it was staring me in the face.

The glass artist on this piece really excelled at the unusually. I wanted to make an equally different setting for it and I think I've succeeded. The 'spring' is made from sterling silver wire and I've used a repeated-coiling technique.

It's a piece that's absolutely guaranteed to cause comment.

Posted by Midus at 05:04 PM

Echoes of India

Echoes of India

Many thanks to my friend Monica for thinking of me, when she was overseas and returned with a parcel of jewellery components.

I found the makings of the earrings and brooch in amongst the treasure trove. I'm not sure of the metal used in either the brooch or the earrings, but I was careful to use sterling silver ear wires. I centre mounted the pin on the brooch and it has a safety catch. It would look gorgeous on a tastefully draped scarf.

The stones used in this set are a lovely deep red shade.

If you're interested in them as seperate pieces let me know.

Posted by Midus at 04:57 PM

A Puzzlement

A Puzzlement

Experimental set using a multi-coiling technique. Materials are gold plated copper wire and gold beads used at random. The results are totally unique.
I'm more than happy with the overall effect.

Posted by Midus at 03:41 PM

Silver Dancer

Silver Dancer

Gorgeous Bali Silver (925) beads, caps and ear wires come together to form a delightfully exotic confection.
If you like silver, then you'll fall in love with these.

Posted by Midus at 03:35 PM

June 07, 2004

Viva!

Viva!

Something a little different.
The colours remind me so much of New Mexico.

Posted by Midus at 02:10 PM

Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle

Nice dichroic pendant highlighted with gold donuts.
The pendant is much prettier than it scans.

Posted by Midus at 02:08 PM

May 04, 2004

Deliciously Silver

Deliciously Silver

Dainty Bali silver beads and spacers teamed with really nice earrwires, make these a very pretty pair of earrings.

Posted by Midus at 04:06 PM

Pink Perfection

Pink Perfection

Gorgeous pink crackle beads, loads of Bali silver and a solitary focal bead if opaque pink glass make this a really attractive necklace. The accompanying earrings compliment and really enhance it.

Posted by Midus at 03:09 PM

Reef Adventure

Reef Adventure

This dichroic glass pendant is just like being in an Octopusses Garden. It seems to hold the wonders and colours of the Great Barrier Reef all within a small glass shape.

I've enhanced the pendant with Bali silver (925). Hope you like the result.

Posted by Midus at 03:00 PM

Glacial Glory

Glacial Glory

A Dichroic glass pendant as a centre piece to Swarovski crystal and silver beads, gives this piece an icy look of a glacier in the sunlight.

The earrings are made from silver wire and crystals to match the necklace.

Posted by Midus at 02:56 PM

FantaC Filigree

FantaC Filigree
Posted by Midus at 02:42 PM

Stunningly Silver Earrings

Stunningly Silver

All silver used is 925 purity.

Posted by Midus at 02:39 PM

March 26, 2004

Sunset Sail

Sunset Sail
This Item is Sold.

This gorgeous dichroic 'donut' is 6.5cm long and 4.5cm at the widest point.
It looks like the sail of a yacht, splashed with the colours of the setting sun. It's by US dichroic artist Jeanne Kent. All it needed was a simple wire wrap to suspend it from a twisted silver chain.
It looks totally stunning on a black dress.

Posted by Midus at 04:05 PM

Gizmo

Gizmo

I had no idea, at first, what to call this set. I looked at it and thought it looked like a gizmo of some kind...so that's what it is! Lots of gold metal beads in this set...none of your acrylic plated junk. The focal bead is a really nice Indian Lampwork bead and better than most.

Posted by Midus at 03:58 PM

Amethyst Dreaming

Amethyst Dreaming

This little bracelet is made on stirling silver wire, Amethyst crystals and loads of Bali Silver. I got a new parcel in from Bali and I just had to play with it. It's very delicate and much prettier than the scan.

Posted by Midus at 03:54 PM

Silver & Jade

Silver and Jade

My first attempt at working with silver wire. I will get better...Promise!

Posted by Midus at 03:28 PM

March 10, 2004

Rainbow on the River

Rainbow on the River
This item is sold.

I was at a loss for a name for this piece, until I recalled that Jeanne Kent had called the beautiful dichroic pendant Rainbow on Water. (as usual Jeanne has signed the back.)

I've tried to accentuate the colours of the pendant with the beads used to string this necklace. Gold, copper textured beads and just two green glass beads seem to have done the trick.

This is one of my favourite pieces and the pendant is quite large, being 5.5cm X 2.5cm.

If you want a better idea of the colours, copy and enlarge the picture.

Posted by Midus at 11:48 AM

A Touch of Silver

A touch of silver

An unusual dichroic pendant from the studio of Rodney.
Strung with delicate pale mauve and aqua 'easter eggs', this is a 'different' item of jewellery.

Posted by Midus at 11:37 AM

Vulcano

Vulcano
This item is sold.

Strung with turquoise, gold, textured copper coloured and luminescent cobalt beads, this little 'Volcano' is gorgeous. Dichroic focal pendant is by Rodney.

The colours in this are much better than the scan.

Posted by Midus at 11:24 AM

February 27, 2004

Rubiyat

Rubiyat

To best view this image showing the beauty of the dichroic pendant, copy and enlarge.

Another gorgeous dichroic pendant from the studio
of US artist Jeanne Kent. This piece is intitialed and dated
on the reverse.

I've taken great care in selecting beads to match and enhance
the colours in this pendant, which is called Persian Garden...Hence
my selected name for the finished necklace.

Posted by Midus at 11:17 AM

February 20, 2004

FantaC Jewellery at Frenchs Forest

FantaC Jewellery will be at the Frenchs Forest Market this Sunday, the 22nd of February, with a selection of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and the odd anklet for sale!

The market is on the grounds of the Parkway Hotel, 5 Frenchs Forest Road (a.k.a. Frenchs Forest Road East), Frenchs Forest, NSW and is open from 8 AM until 1 PM. Please come along, have a browse and spoil your friends - or yourself - with a present of quality jewellery!

Location of Parkway Hotel

UBDô Page No. 177
Grid Reference A5

Posted by Midus at 11:56 AM

February 11, 2004

Exotica

Exotica Pendant

The beautiful focal bead is glass lampwork by an Australian artist living in WA. Beads like this take hours of work and I wish I could make them. The flowers are made from an arrangement of fine glass rods...I'm not quite sure how...except that they are heated by a butane and oxygen torch. They look painted on the outside in this pic, but there are at least two layers.

I decided to mount this with lots of Bali silver...now I need to replenish my stocks!

The 'dangles' are from swarovski crystals and, again Bali silver.
Lots of fiddly work in this piece and a legacy of very tired eyes. I hope you like it.

Posted by Midus at 12:45 PM

Captive Fire

Captive Fire

Dichroic glass pendant by US glass artist Jeanne Kent (signed on back). It has the added attraction of a topaz coloured diamonte set in it.
I suspended this from three rows of beads. I row of silver and gold seed beads interspersed with topaz swarovski crystals, another of seed beads in silver with gold metal beads and jet swarovski crystals. The last row is gold bugle beads and, again, silver and gold seed beads. It's finished with a silver hook.
Hours of work in this piece, but I think it was worth it.

Posted by Midus at 12:35 PM

Oceana

Oceana

Another piece of Dichroic artwork - this time made by an artist whom I only know by the name of "Rodney". He's quite new at making dichroic pieces and he shows incredible talent.
I mounted each of the colalt glass beads and attached them to a fine chain. Unfortunately the scan doesn't do the piece justice and the colours are much more intense in actuality.

Posted by Midus at 12:35 PM

The Strand

The Strand


This item is sold.

This pendant is Dichroic glass...a method whereby glass and foils are fused by intense heat and then anealed in a kiln for approx. 12hrs. It was made by US glass artist Jeanne Kent.
I called this piece "The Strand" as the gold in it reminds me of a narrow strip of sand in the sunlight.
This is a difficult piece to scan, because the back of the pendant is a darker colour and doesn't let the light reflect too well.

Posted by Midus at 12:20 PM

Dichroic Pendant

Dichroic Not Mounted
Posted by Midus at 12:14 PM

January 26, 2004

Genie Within

Genie Within

These beautiful little gourd shaped, bead 'bottles' have a swirling design, like some Persian carpets have.
Each bead is unique because they are hand painted.
It was difficult to get a near match.
I was reminded of the bottles that Genies were supposedly held captive in.

Posted by Midus at 01:11 AM

January 25, 2004

Forever

Forever.jpg

Take one string of real Russian Amber, purchased in St.Louis,
disassemble and resurrect into a totally different item of
adornment...not to mention matching earrings!
Oh and I've still got heaps to spare for other Amber lovers.

Posted by Midus at 09:01 PM

Tribal

Tribal

Bolivian beads, Greek spacers, gold trims
and you end up with something with the look of tribal Africa!

Posted by Midus at 08:55 PM

All that Glitters

All that Glitters

What to do with two beautiful mismatched beads?
Make them into one attractive pendant!!

Posted by Midus at 08:50 PM

Turkish Tassels

Turkish Tassels

These earrings are quite heavy as they are made from antiqued metal. The bead is a lovely turquoise coloured catseye made from glass.

Posted by Midus at 07:08 PM

Tropicana

Tropicana
These earrings are sold.

Delightful glass lampwork beads with an hibiscus bloom apparently captured inside. Perfect for lunch at Doyle's.

Posted by Midus at 07:05 PM

Perfectly Pink

Perfectly Pink

Made for a friend with a passion for pink.
The main beads remind me of a swirl of strawberry ice-cream.

Posted by Midus at 07:02 PM

Bazaar

Bazaar

Very odd beads that lend themselves to the slightly exotic. Findings are all Bali Silver.

Posted by Midus at 07:00 PM

Just4Fun

Just4Fun

Bright and breezy for hot Summer Days when you don't want to be taken too seriously.
Made with glass beads and silver wire and fittings.

Posted by Midus at 06:57 PM

January 16, 2004

Mordred's Torque

Silver and Black Pendant

This interesting piece is, as yet, nameless.
I found the central silver bead, in Cairns and decided that it had to be the focal point of a pendant. The spacers are Balinese silver as are the heavy silver ball beads. The crystals are Swarovski and black in colour. The choker it is attached to is also black.
I hope you like it and I would appreciate some feedback - to see if it works for you.
Footnote: As you can see, this now has a name, curtesy of a good friend with an appreciation of the dramatic. I think it fits it well.

Posted by Midus at 01:27 PM

December 29, 2003

Tiger Eye and Gold

Tiger Fan

I made the Tiger Eye Choker for my good friend Lesley, as a Christmas Gift.
The fan section is from polished Tiger Eye and the spacers are Greek beads. These are all threaded on 9ct. gold wire.
I think it's a pretty swish piece...if I do say so myself. Even better, Lesley really likes it.

Posted by Midus at 01:33 PM

October 31, 2003

Earth's Bounty

Earth's Bounty

Composed of too many different 'chips' to name, these are a just a sample of the colour and treasure of our Earth.

Posted by Midus at 01:36 PM

Primitive Menage a Trois

Primitive Menage a Trois

These Items are Sold.

Made from Bone, silver beads and strung on leather, this set remindes me of two little Earth Mothers and an 'armless male. (Forgive the inevitable pun.<g>)

If nothing, it's a very different collection.

Posted by Midus at 11:17 AM

Into Orbit

Into Orbit

Posted by Midus at 11:03 AM

Razzle Dazzle

Razzle Dazzle

Posted by Midus at 11:00 AM

Caravan to Cairo

Caravan to Cairo

Posted by Midus at 10:47 AM

Autumn Acorns

Autumn Acorns

THIS ITEM IS SOLD.

When I first saw these delicious little Balinese Silver bead caps, I was reminded of the acorns I gathered as a child in the UK. When I found suitable headpins and hangers, I knew that I had to make these delightful little earrings. I hope you like them too.

Posted by Midus at 10:00 AM

Pre-Teen Selection

Pre-Teen Selection

Just to show you all, that I don't just cater for the more sophisticated woman.
Most of these were made for my granddaughter Elyse, but I also have a selection of others for pre-teens and the teenager who doesn't like the more showy type of jewellery.

Posted by Midus at 09:31 AM

October 24, 2003

Pleated Perfection

Pleated Perfection

These earrings are very lightweight.
Made of metal but have a silky sheen.

Posted by Midus at 02:40 PM

Elegant Emerald

Elegant Emerald

Posted by Midus at 01:35 PM

Brown Beauty Bracelet

Brown Beauty

This Item is Sold

Posted by Midus at 01:25 PM

Chinoise Red

Chinoise Red

These Items are sold and now, happily, reside in Fiji.

Posted by Midus at 01:22 PM

Black & Bronze

Black and Bronze

Posted by Midus at 01:19 PM

Goldstone Sparkles

Goldstone Sparkles


Posted by Midus at 01:13 PM

October 19, 2003

Antiquated Amber

Antique ER
This Item has Sold.

Posted by Midus at 10:49 AM

October 11, 2003

Oriental Orange

Oriental Orange

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Lollipops

Lollipops

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Ruby Rich

Ruby Rich

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Christmas Crystals

Christmas Crystals

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Coffee and Cream

Coffee and Cream

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Bumbles

Bumbles

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Amethyst Gate

Amethyst Gate
This Item has Sold.

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Fun-ta-C

Fun-ta-C

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Jade Dream

Jade Dream

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Pastel Flotsum

Pastel Flotsum

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Bali Silver & Turquoise

Bali Silver and Turquoise

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Malachite Twist

Malachite Twist

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

In the Red

In the Red
This Item has Sold.

Posted by Midus at 02:13 PM