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Paranormal Encounters Of The Crafty Kind

15 Jul

I have never been much of a novel reader.  Well, not until two years ago.  Hurricane Ike slammed Houston and left us without power for fifteen days.  My beautiful and incredibly sweet niece, Maranda, recommended the Twilight Saga.  You know, the young-adult vampire romance series starring Edward Cullen and Bella Swan.  I think I have read the Twilight Saga in it’s entirety about five times since.  Fast forward to April of this year.  My friend Kayla recommended that I read The Black Dagger Brotherhood.  I am infatuated by the series.  
The Black Dagger Brotherhood is an erotic paranormal romance series by J. R. Ward.  This series is about six vampire warriors who defend their race against Lessers, de-souled humans who threaten their kind.  
My love for both book series has led me to create some “inspired by” jewelry pieces.  I have previously created a Twilight Meadow bracelet and would like to create a pair of matching earrings to go with it.    
In The Black Dagger Brotherhood, each of the brothers have a significant eye color.  So, I am starting an inspired by BDB line of jewelry that plays on their eye colors.  The first piece I created are a pair of earrings inspired by my personal favorite brother, Zsadist. 
 
“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, 
though I could see. And when you came…..I was awakened.”
~Zsadist, Lover Awakened, p. 424
  

Zsadist was a blood slave for nearly half his life until he was rescued by his twin brother Phury.  Angry and feared by everyone, including the brotherhood his eyes have always been black.  Then he meets and falls in love with a beautiful aristocratic female vampire named Bella.  Once he gives into his heart and his feelings for Bella his eyes turn yellow, the color he was born with and the same color as his twin brother Phury.  
I used bright yellow and black to design my very first piece for the Inspired by The BDB line. 

For the Inspired by Twilight Saga line, I have crafted a pair of earrings with black and deep red.  I was inspired by the beautiful covers of each of the books. 


I received a lot of great feedback for my previous tutorial on a pair of earrings I made.  I decided I wanted to do a more in depth tutorial for y’all.  So, here we go…

This is how it all begins.  A pile of beads, some chain, pins, findings and jewelry tools.  Yes, the earring findings really did end up in the shape of a heart.  No, I didn’t place them that way…isn’t that quite sweet.

















Place your beads on the pin, then twist the remaining metal over a pair of rosary pliers like this.














  
Cut the metal with end-cutters at the bottom of the loop, flush with the top of the first bead.










These are all my beads put together along with the end pieces, chain and findings.









I like to line all my pieces.  It helps me to see what works and what does not, along with how I would like the design to look.  It also helps with how much chain you need for each strand.










If have learned that if you cut the individual link in the middle your pieces does not come apart as often.  When you cut from the ends, I think the two links rubbing together eventually causes them to open back up. 

It helps too, if you don’t have to cut the chain at all.  Sometimes you can get away with opening up the loop on your beads and adding the chain that way.  The closure of the headpin loops is a lot tighter than a closure of a chain link. 
  
I’ve placed the earring finding as well as a jump ring to show you, that in my opinion it is easier to add all your chains to the jump ring, then add the jump ring to the finding.  The finding loop is small and it is a little tricky to add multiple chains when you have them.












With jump rings, links and even the pin, loops if you pull the ends up away from each other as opposed to pulling them apart.  When you close them back they tend to be more flush with each other.









These are all my strands placed on the jump ring.  Now, see how it’s bowing out a bit at the top.  Too many beads together. 

















So I take off two strands to add some links to them bringing the beads down a little further. 

I reattach them in their appropriate spot and…..see, now it dangles much better!
These are the finished earrings!!  Have fun with colors and lengths!!  
These are my Zsadist inspired earrings!  
At first I made the one on the left.  It just didn’t look right to me.  Too much clutter, I think.  So, I took it all apart and played around with it for a while and came up with the one on the right.  What do you think?
So….these are my romantic vampire earrings.  Who doesn’t love a vampire!?!

Inspiration………Twilight

17 Jan
I’m currently working on plans for Twilight inspired jewelry. My husband thinks this concept is funny but….I’ll show him.

I just wanted to give a quick update and not leave everyone outta the loop. My sister is in town so I’ve had a bit of a break from all the jewelry making. I think though that today I shall embark on a necklace. Wish me luck