Saturday, February 2, 2013

Lucite and Clay Blog Hop

Hello All - welcome to my blog and thanks for stopping by for the great Lucite & Clay Blog Hop. Let's get down to business!

When given the choice between working with clay or vintage lucite it was a no-brainer for me - I immediately chose the vintage lucite. My beads arrived in the mail months ago. I had to set them aside until after Christmas and all of our traveling was done. The whole time I was thinking - what am I going to do with those beads?! The fucshia color is not one I typically would chose so I was thrown off a bit.

This week I figured I better get to it and make something! I desperately needed some inspiration so I went to Pinterest and searched for photos of vintage lucite jewelry. I stumbled upon a style I really liked (sorry, the link to the original picture was bad so I can't post it). I wanted to make something that fit the era of the beads. And this is what I came up with...

I started with the necklace. I was really going for a 1950's glamour look. Although this is not my typical style or something I would probably wear I really like the way it turned out.

Onto the earrings... I decided I wanted to try to use all of the beads I had been given and to keep the earrings simple. I whipped up these little ditties in no time.

There were still more beads! And that could only mean one thing - I needed to make a bracelet. I happened to have some heavy gauge brass wire laying there and that gave me an idea. I wrapped the beads around slightly curved wires and ran a chain through the middle. I made a focal piece for the top and bottom of the bracelet. This piece took quite a while to make but in the end I think it was worth it.

And here's the whole set, so happy together!

Thanks again for stopping by today! My regular readers are probably a little surprised as this style is pretty far from my usual tribal/boho pieces, but it's good to add a little something different every now and again! Check out these other blogs who are also participating in this hop:

Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jennifer Reno, Musings of a Crafty Jenny
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Ashleigh Becker, YOU ARE HERE
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Annia Failde, AnniamAe


  1. Wow! You made a lot of pieces, Ashleigh! The bracelet is my favorite. It's funny how this challenge worked out, because I would have loved to get fucshia, but that wouldn't have been a challenge for me. Instead, I received red and orange lucite.

  2. Holy Moley, Ashleigh! I love the pieces you made. I am glad that you stepped out of your style and tried something totally new for you, because the result was awesome! I knew that these beads were going to be a real challenge for people, and everyone has really created beautiful jewelry. Thank for being in the hop!

  3. Amazing use of hose fuschia beads!

  4. I love your designs. The fushia looks great with the metal.

  5. What great colors. And all the pieces are so cute. Although I really like the necklace. Very nice.

  6. Beautiful, rich beads! Love your jewelry ensemble, and my oh my, your wirework bracelet is neat!! Wonderful creating & cool jewelry!

  7. Yumilcius colors! Ill be that piece moves beautifully when worn.

  8. Thanks for sharing the idea there would be some apprehensions from segment but i am up for it.
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