Posts Tagged ‘vintage glass beads’

Color palette of the week

| Beads, New pieces

Earlier this week it was very gloomy and dark. Now, I’m not a fan of dark and stormy so when I started work, I found myself gravitating towards some of my brighter beads. Something to beat away the gloom if you will. Of course once I started with this idea, I just kept going with it. Here’s what I’ve come up so far…

A simple necklace with a vibrant silver green foil bead with this deep flash of blue. This Bohemian bead dates back to the late 30s , early 40s. This piece is designed to stack happily with other necklaces already in your jewelry box. Or when you just want a hint of color.

For my next piece, I decided to make a bracelet. The bead I used here is deceptively simple looking. But look closely and there are swirls of aventurine hiding in its depths. This one is Venetian in origin and I’d say is early 1900s.

Making this bracelet, reminded me of another very special bead that I’ve had for awhile. An antique teeny tiny peacock eye glass bead from Venice. These beads get their name from their brilliant colors that resemble the plumage of a peacock. To make this bracelet even more special, I matched them with tiny antique coral beads.

Once I’d made the bracelets, I thought well, I might as well make some earrings to go with all these pieces. You can never go wrong with having a new pair or two.

This first pair is made with these really bright apple green Venetian silver foil beads from the 40s. They really are scrumptious looking!

And last but not the least is a really fun pair of dangling earrings made with vintage green and blue glass beads.

All these pieces will be coming soon in the eshop!! Drop me a line if you can’t wait!

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Some new pieces to start the new year

| New pieces

Happy New Year friends! Hope your year is off to a rousing start!   I’m excited about all the possibilities offered by 2016. Lots of plans chez nous–more jewelry of course. In addition to my usual line of jewelry created with antique and vintage glass beads, I’m adding a line using semi-precious stones and crystals. This will of course, still incorporate my cherished glass beads. I can’t wait to start unveiling these pieces.  In the meantime, here are some new pieces that I’ve just added to the shop

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First off is this gorgeous royal blue and gold necklace. Apparently, blue and gold are lucky colors for the year of the monkey so I’m glad to be able to add this to the shop. These blue glass beads were made in France in the 50s. I love this combination, its a classic but never boring. This necklace is a great length, able to stand on its own but you can also layer it with your other pieces.

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The second necklace features a really pretty filigree charm from France. It dates back to the 40s. I love filigree, it automatically adds such a decorative touch to any piece I make. That this charm is vintage French adds immensely to its appeal.  To keep the focus on the charm, I’ve kept the rest of the beads simple, using only faceted Bohemian glass beads to finish the piece.

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And finally, I made this pretty red orange glass bead necklace. This color is not quite fire engine red but rather a lovely and uncommon red orange color. These beads date back to the late 40s. I like to think of this as both a winter and spring piece. It adds a pop of color to your winter wardrobe and works wonderfully when we start seeing warmer weather!

More to come so stay tuned!

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Throwback Thursday

| Throwback Thursday

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For this Throwback Thursday post, I wanted to share one of my first trade bead bracelets. I particularly love the beads on this bracelet because of its distinctive and pretty star pattern. To complete the bracelet, I paired the trade beads with some vintage French glass beads. This piece sold at the first international show I ever did in Switzerland to a lovely American lady who just happened to be visiting the region. Funny to think how much the beads have travelled — from Italy to Africa when they were first made, to other hands till they reached mine in Paris to finally the U.S. where I hope they are still making their owner happy!

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Throwback Thursday or Flashback Friday

| Throwback Thursday

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This was supposed to be a Throwback Thursday post but as you can see I got delayed and so this post has turned into Flashback Friday.
Just wanted to share with you all a photo of one of the happy people who came away from the WinterMarkt with an original Petites Merveilles piece. She stopped by the day after and showed me how her necklace went beautifully with a piece she already had.
The piece she bought is composed of vintage French champagne colored glass pearls and vintage French bottle green glass beads. Both the beads and pearls are from the 50s.
Judging from her big smile, I’d say she was happy with her purchase!!

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The result of being snowed in

| New pieces

Hello friends, yesterday was definitely a day for staying in! As a result of that, I finally finished the necklace I started (Read all about that necklace in this post).  At the rate the snow is falling, I am going to end up creating a lot of new pieces!

I finally went with the lighter green and gold beads to go with the pendant.  I thought that the lighter green made for a nice contrast with the deep bottle green of the pendant.  And I’m quite pleased with its length, it is neither too long or too short.

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On the other hand I still wanted to use those dark green glass beads and there was a unfinished piece with Japanese millefiori beads sitting on my desk for the longest time. These Japanese beads date back to the 60s and is very different from the Italian milefiori beads.  It is more delicate in its design.  Something about its delicateness worked quite well with the dark green beads, together with the ribbon clasp, I thought the piece came out looking quite sweet and feminine looking despite its more somber color.

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Choices to be made

| New pieces

Hello friends, remember the green Czech glass pendant, I found a couple of weeks ago? (Read all about it here)

I started working on it but its not quite coming together yet.  So far, I’m hesitating between two ways of doing it.

First I started with these dark bottle green beads..

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But then, I found these other green beads that I decorated with gold caps in my bead box and they seem to go quite nicely with the pendant too!

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Can’t wait to see how this necklace turns out!

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Silver or gold

| New pieces

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Hello friends, today on my work desk, I found myself working in blue tones. It is not the usual color I gravitate to but it does come in lots of different lovely shades.  Take these two pairs I just finished.

The first pair is in tones of blue and silver (remember these enameled beads from the Bead Bonanza?).  I love the swirls of blue on silver so I thought it appropriate to add some sterling silver links to make a dangling pair.

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So will it be gold or silver for you?

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Finished pieces

| New pieces

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Hello friends, I finished a number of pieces and I must say, I’m quite happy with how they turned out.  Remember the sky blue piece from last Monday? Here it is!  I decided to make the silver foil bead into a pendant for this necklace and it hangs perfectly on the decolleté.

I’m fortunate enough to work next to a big window and where I sit, I can see these trees with their gorgeous green colors. They range from deep dark green to a more summery hue.  I was looking through my bead box one day and I came across these vintage Czech glass beads from the 40s and they are the exact color as some of the trees I see outside. I just had to make something with them. And here is what I came up with.

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And in keeping with the green theme, I also came up with a bracelet, which is not exactly the same, but to my mind, compliments nicely the necklace.

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And while we are on bracelets, I also made a simple bracelet in a vibrant blue shade but the focal bead on this one is really interesting. Its full of little sparkles and looks almost like ice when you hold it up against the light.20140610-182408-66248228.jpg

 

Finally, since it is summer and as such the time for showing off tanned legs, I thought I’d add another anklet to the current collection.  These little rondelle beads are from the late 30s and are harder to come by than the bigger rondelles. I’m quite happy to have a few of them around. 20140610-182409-66249172.jpgEh voila, hope you’ve enjoyed all these new pieces.  As always, if interested in any of them, don’t hesitate to drop me a line!

 

 

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The beginnings of a new piece

| New pieces

Ta20140609-101248-36768220.jpgHello friends, I hope you’re all having a great start to your week! Despite a few gray and rainy days here and there, we’ve been largely blessed with sunny blue skies and summer like temperatures. It has certainly inspired my current palette of colors.

Take for example, this new piece I’m working on.  This beautiful silver foil glass bead will act as the focal bead.  It’s a fairly large bead and is in great condition for something that was made in the 40s.  I love its summer colors of white and blue.  And I have to say its the exact color of the sky as I look out my window!

I can’t wait to show you the finished piece!

 

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Inspired by spring

| New pieces

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Despite today’s gray and leaden skies, nature is marching inexorably in springs path. The garden is carpeted with dandelions and all the trees have tender little leaves. I’m inspired by all this burgeoning greenery. From my beadbox comes some spring colored glass beads. These are Czech glass beads from the 50s. I’m thinking I’ll make a pretty bracelet with these.

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Pretty new things for Monday

| New pieces

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Hello friends, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Are you all excited about the new week’s possibilities? I finished some of the pieces I started last week and I’m excited to show you all what’s new this week.I love working with filigree elements. There’s something timelessly pretty about them.  I’m fortunate enough to have filigree elements from the 40s/50s and this week’s jewelry features them.

First up is this long green themed necklace.  The two focal beads are what I like to call crackle glass, they look almost like they have ice in them and they are a lovely mint green shade. I love dangles on a necklace and I think it goes really well with the filigree in the middle.  The beads are all vintage from the 50s.

My collection is not complete without earrings and this week features twin pairs.  The first pair features Italian red wedding cake beads from the beginning of the 20th century.  Don’t you just love the trailings on these beads?

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And I also have a blue pair of wedding cake beads, also from the beginning of the 20th century.  I love the filigree dangle on this one, its from the early 50s.

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I also made some bracelets and wouldn’t you know it, I stuck to the pink palette with the exception of one. I know, I know, I promise to start making bracelets in other colors the next time!

This first bracelet is a simple one featuring a lovely filigree element and two red crystal shaped beads.  I had a few of these filigree links that I had used on a necklace but for some reason, I found a last one at the bottom of one of my bead boxes. I couldn’t figure out how to use it since it was all by itself, till I realized that it was perfect as a focal piece!

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And here come the pink bracelets.  In my defense, they’re all various shades of pink.

There’s this one in frosted matt shades and shapes.  The long rectangular beads are Bohemian beads from the 50s while the others are French glass beads.20140407-095619.jpg

There’s a super simple one for those days when you just want to put something pretty on your wrist and be on your way.

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And finally here is one in all shades of delicate blush. I love the color blush, there’s something really fresh and delicate about it.

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Eh voila! Now tell me, which one is your favorite?

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Sneak peek

| Beads, New pieces

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I’m definitely into the pink palette as I continue to work on the new collection. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s on my work table today.  These are pretty pink French pate de verre beads from the 50s.

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One more for the show

| New pieces

Before I pack everything away in preparation for tomorrow’s early start, I wanted to share one more piece that I just finished. I’m always a little anxious before a show hence the rush to finish new pieces. I’m quite happy with how this turned out. The clover is a vintage charm from the 50s and the little glass rosettes come from France from the 50s as well.

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Tiger earrings

| Jewelry, New pieces

DSC_0103Hello friends, when I made these earrings I had no idea that blue and orange were actually the Tigers colors. That’s the Detroit Tigers, my friends.  I’m happy that they’re significant colors for some baseball loving fans here.

As to the earrings themselves, they are composed of two vintage glass beads with some pretty decorative goldtone caps mounted on a dangling chain. I love these bead caps, they add such a whimsical element to the earrings.  Sometimes I’ll find beads that aren’t particularly pretty (yes, it happens), but when I dress them up with some pretty bead caps, they become pretty neat. I like to think of them as the accessories you use to jazz up an otherwise basic dress. It just proves that accessories are indispensable!

Here’s another look at them. And they are now available in the shop!

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Anklets anyone?

| New pieces

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Hello friends, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  It feels very much like a monday today since its the first day back to work, for those of us who had Monday off!  I am especially happy about this post because I have some lovely new things to share with you.

I’ve just created my first anklets!  I don’t know why it took so long for me to start making them since I do love wearing them myself. They’re often overlooked or have a hippyish image but I find them to be quite wearable. They can be discreet pieces, hidden under your pants or a good way to show off your summer finery! As always these are one of a kind pieces made exclusively from vintage glass beads.

I hope you enjoy them.  They are now available in the shop.

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