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No two alike

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Hello friends, how is the start of your week so far?  Today, I had a couple of things I wanted to finish on my work desk and ended up with two completely different necklaces.  The first necklace (pictured above) features a group of 19th century trade beads in the distinctive red brick Venetian color.  I’ve had these beads awhile but for the longest time couldn’t figure out what to do with them.  I was stuck with the idea that they should somehow match, which was why I couldn’t do anything with them. Finally, I thought that I didn’t need them to match exactly, the fact that they were all the same color with different canes and patterns was enough to make a harmonious looking necklace. Once I got over the block, it was easy to finish this piece.

IMG_7182.JPG The second piece is completely different. It doesn’t feature any trade beads at all, instead, it features this pretty and delicate little charm which dates back from Paris in the 50s. It is a tiny charm but the colored glass which decorates the flowers are in impeccable condition.  It is such a feminine looking charm so I thought a simple chain necklace accented with some vintage glass beads would be the perfect way to showcase it.

Eh voila, two new pieces for the new week!

 

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Monday’s desk

IMG_6532.JPGHello friends, how is the start of your week?

Last week, I finished a number of pieces using some trade beads (see post here).  This week, I am inspired by these pretty French vintage charms from the 50s. I bought these in a Parisian brocante, and I’ve been hoarding them like a miser does with his gold.  I would bring them out, admire them, then back into the bead box they go!  There’s just something so charming and cheerful with them. But now, more than three years (I did say I was hoarding them!) after buying them, I’m finally ready to make something with them.  Can’t wait to show you how they turn out!