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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Magical Journey

Magical Journey ll.

Remember my first Magical Journey Necklace? You can still view it at 1000Markets. But if you click the picture you will get a little Note next to it, Sold Out.

Well, at a special request I made a second Necklace. The colors may vary a little, since I did not have the exact same beads and maybe my inspiration was a little different. Usually my work is one of a kind and I don't duplicate. But this was an exception.


This enchanting necklace is made from pieces of an old Asian vase broken by accident. I saved the pieces and after a while I tried to carve them in a way that would still show the beautiful hand painted colors. I imagined a magical journey in time and space in ancient Asia.

Every piece (40 mm x 30 mm; 35 mm x 22 mm; 30 mm x 22 mm) was carefully sanded in order to smooth the edges and then the beading process started. I used modified peyote and bead lace to form a beautiful golden bezel around each piece. The size 15 seed beads are from Japanese Miyuki. I completed the necklace with genuine off white large pearls, connected with green jade leaves and beads and glass dark gold beads. A pretty filigree gold filled clasp finishes the 19" necklace. The necklace can be also worn asymmetrically.

It a conversation piece . You can wear it on an evening out, it will get many compliments. It is perfect for giving as a gift.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

February Newsletter

January went by so fast, despite the cold days . The windy weather kept me mostly inside, therefor I had more time to spend with my new designs, getting ready for Valentine's Day. In January I was featured in a Blog and I am so pleased, I want to share it with you:


VALENTINE'S DAY has a lot of charm for all ages. It is an "official" day to express our love not only for our soul mate, but also for our parents, grand parents, siblings, children, grand children...We don't have to be IN LOVE in order to spread love around us, our friends, our family should be included...

I am having the best of time designing and beading "valentines". Here are some examples of pieces you can find in my Etsy Shops:

1. Hand-beaded earrings (approx. 15 mm), around a Swarowski rhinestone, They are finished with brass flower petals. On gold plated leverbacks.

2. Fun little heart brooch (1.2" x 1.2"). Faceted German glass cabochon, layered on a red vintage button. Beadwoven with size 15 Japanese Miyuki seed beads.


3. Carnelian heart layered with a Swarovski rondelle, topped with a faux pearl. Gold plated foxtail chain

4. Bright red rhinestone heart, adjustable filigree ring, can be worn comfortably from size 7 to 9.


5. Natural Domé mother of pearl, carved in a heart shape, embellished with several small genuine pearls and with a beaded flower.

6. Unusual and pretty pendant, featuring a antique bronze leaf, vintage mother of pearl heart, beadwoven flower, amethyst cabochon. It comes with a 20" closed link brass chain.


There is a special SECTION for VALENTINE'S DAY in each of my Shops:

February is also the month for amethyst. You can find a few pieces with amethyst stones or purple color in my Shops:

or you can simply type February Birthstone in my Shop Search at the Top of the page

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I would also like to let you know a little about the Etsy Beadweavers February Challenge. Challenges are very important for EBW and this time we had two months instead of one to finish our project. As I already announced it in my January Newsletter, I finished my entry early.


You should see the other entries, they are beautiful! You will be able to see them and even vote for your favorite, between February 9-15, in the EBW Blog:


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My Newsletter readers will get 10% off any item in my shops, just write NEWSLETTER DISCOUNT in the Note to Seller at check out. Or email me for a revised Invoice. More discounts will apply if you buy more than one item, just let me know.

Wishing you a great February and a Happy Valentine's Day!

Ileana /Enchanted Beads



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