Sunday, 21 May 2017

Upcycled Vintage Winter Necklace

Winter's almost here in Australia.

Winter Necklace, Upcycled Vintage Necklace, Snowflake Necklace, Silver and Blue Necklace, Retro Necklace, Statement Necklace, Gift For Her.

90s Vintage Jewellery.
Vintage parts of the Necklace have been steam cleaned.
New charms, beads and lobster clasp have been added.
The original part of the necklace has been worn.


Silver Tone Chain and Lobster Clasp, Chain Links, Charms and Beads approx 19" end to end.
Extender Chain approx 2".
An eclectic mix of Silver Tone, Blue, Silver, Pearl-look Beads and Charms.
Snowflake Charm, Feather Charms, Crystal Beads - Blue and Silver, and Silver Tone Cages with Blue Beads are all new.
Snowflake Charm approx 28mm x 23mm.
Large Clear Acrylic Bead approx 30mm x 26mm.


AU$25.95

A gorgeous statement necklace for your winter outfit.

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Saturday, 28 January 2017

Sea Stone

Sea Sediment: Also called Sea Jasper, Ocean Jasper, Emperor Jasper

The latest additions to my etsy store.

Sediment is a naturally occurring material that is broken down by weathering and erosion, and is transported by wind, water, ice, and then gravity which act on the particles.
A deep trough in the sea just off land is ideal for the formation as rivers and streams collect the sediment from the land and in time transfers this to the sea or ocean. Nature also helps as tides gather pebbles, rock and even volcanic ash and transfers this with the land sediment into these troughs. In time the pressure from above compresses the sediment and liquids are squeezed out leaving just the minerals themselves which form the rock.
There are many natural sea troughs in the world which form sea sediment but those off the USA, South America and India are ideal as the chart shows.

The rock formed is not a hard rock and easily worked for jewellery.

Some sea sediment is dyed and It is difficult to determine which, the only 100% way is to drill through the stone and see if the colour goes all the way through. If all the stone is a shade of one colour all over it could be dyed. Another option, which does no damage to the stone, is to see if the pattern and colours follow from front side and back. © Copyright ApsoWest 2013




Thursday, 5 January 2017

Recycling

Recycled beads, washed and ready to use.

I'm always on the lookout for beads. Some of the best finds come from thrift stores (second-hand shops). I love that I can change items into something different.  I do search the internet for new and unusual beads also. There is so much choice out there.  Now, to decide what to make...




Friday, 7 October 2016

Tree of Life Pentagram


The Pentagram is a symbol of a star encased in a circle. Always with 5 points (one pointing upward), each has its own meaning. The upward point of the star is representative of the spirit. The other four points all represent an element; earth, air, fire, and water. All these things contribute to life and are a part of each of us.

To wear a pentagram necklace or other form of jewellery, is to say you feel the connection with the elements and respect the earth.

The pentagram has long been believed to be a potent protection against evil, a symbol of conflict that shields the wearer and the home. The pentagram has five spiked wards and a womb shaped defensive, protective pentagon at the centre.

The Tree of Life in its various forms is recognized in all cultures as a symbol of immortality and eternal life. From ancient Chinese and Egyptian culture to Germanic paganism and Mesoamerica, it has been sought after throughout the ages. And, while depicted in many different contexts, the imagery across all cultures is essentially the same. Not to be confused with the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the tree of Life is the tree whose fruit gives eternal life to all who might obtain it. In addition to its religious references, it is a reminder of our past (roots - ancestry), present (tree body - knots included) and future (fruit – labour and posterity).

In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil is the World Tree, a great ash tree located at the centre of the universe and joining the Nine Worlds of Norse cosmology. The trunk of the tree may be thought of as forming a vertical axis around which these worlds are situated, with Ásgard, realm of the gods, at the top and the Hel, located in Niflheim, at the bottom. Midgard, or Middle-Earth (the world of mortals), is located in the middle and surrounded by Jötunheim, land of giants, both of which are separated by the ocean. Yggdrasil is also sometimes known as Mimameid or Laerad.



Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Crescent Moon Necklace


TWO Silver Moon and Crystal Necklaces, Blue and Silver Crystals, Crescent Moon, Celestial Necklace, Friendship Gift, Couples Necklaces

AU$13.95



Crescent Moon Meaning
Throughout many traditions the sun represents the father and male principle and the moon the mother and feminine principle. The energy of the moon is intuitive, deep, subtle, feminine and psychic. To say this is a feminine energy does not mean to say this energy is just for women. Men and women have their female and male aspects. We all develop them both.

The crescent moon symbolises new beginnings and the making of dreams into reality. Because of this cyclic nature the moon it is also connected to rebirth and how our true essence really is immortal.



Saturday, 9 July 2016

Dreamcatcher


Silver Dreamcatcher Necklace with Turquoise Blue Bead, Boho Necklace, Hippie Necklace, Feather Necklace, Gift for Her, Friendship Gift

The Ojibwe people (also Ojibwa), or Chippewa are a large group of Native American and have an ancient legend about the origin of the dreamcatcher. Storytellers speak of the Spider Woman, known as Asibikaashi; she took care of the children and the people on the land. Eventually, the Ojibwe Nation spread to the corners of North America and it became difficult for Asibikaashi to reach all the children. So the mothers and grandmothers would weave magical webs for the children, using willow hoops and sinew, or cordage made from plants. The dreamcatchers would filter out all bad dreams and only allow good thoughts to enter our mind. Once the sun rises, all bad dreams just disappear.

Turquoise is the symbol of friendship. It also brings peace to the home.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Autumn Reading



It's Autumn here in Australia.  The weather has cooled slightly and it's lovely to spend time outdoors in the garden or curled up indoors with a book or two.  Check out my pretty Autumn bookmark to add a little bling to your favourite books.

Yellow and Orange Autumn Leaf Bookmark