Among my love for polish is a love for making jewelry! :)
It all started when a friend showed me how to make a beaded lariat necklace. I started by going every weekend to bead stores and I would purchase tools, beads and crystals, sometimes pearls.
Then I started to go to bead shows and conventions where you can buy everything for about half the price in stores. Of course, I've moved on from glass and plastic beads and I use semi-precious stones, crystals and everything else under the sun. :)
Now.....if I see a necklace or earrings in a department store or a bracelet on a celebrity, I'll make it, instead of buying it!
The mark-up on jewelry in stores is CRAZY, and I refuse to pay that price when I know I can make it for 50% less, sometimes more than that...easy!....just so long as it does not involve any hot metal work...OUCH!!!!
Here are two necklaces I made this past weekend.
This one is made from Venetian Glass Agate and Swarovski crystals
This one is made from super tiny turquoise beads, a single Venetian Glass Agate in the center and on each side there are Apatite roundels and London Blue Topaz roundels.
Both necklaces have sterling silver clasps.
The only bad thing about making jewelry is that is reeks havoc on the nails, but it's worth it to have something pretty dangling from your ears, neck or wrists:)
So now you know about 2 of my passions:)
Have a great Thursday!