Friday, June 1, 2012

Shop Talk: Turquoise Quest

The turquoise beads that I've been pushing around my table are starting to take shape. This first installment is a twist bracelet with a slide clasp. The stones range from blues to greens in hue, and I mixed in a little dyed coral in a sky blue to balance it on the bluer side. I am not entirely happy with this one. It needs something ... perhaps a charm? 

I am actually in search of more contrast with the beads. So back to the bead store (I know --- can you believe it --- an excuse to shop) to pick up even more turquoise rounds and a contrasting black jasper. 

Fairly certain I will have several extra pieces of turquoise jewelry ending up on my Etsy site given the amount of turquoise I now have sitting in front of me. I'm hoping I have a few turquoise lovers out there.

I'll be back with the next installment and a revised bracelet pattern, along with a necklace and of course earrings. I'm probably going to have to create several pairs of earrings as I can't decide if I should go Southwestern, Boho, or use a touch of elegance with some pearls. Most likely I'll do all three and ask your advice! So check back ... and I'll have more for you to ponder with me in my turquoise quest.



Southwestern Boho would be good! I looove turquoise.

Evelyn said...

I did a lot of my growing up in Northern Arizona and acquired a love for turquoise. I also love your creations:) Thanks for visiting me and I would love for you to share any of your work at Freedom Fridays! So hoping to see you there!
PS I am now following you back.

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my lil'blog and leaving such a sweet comment :) I'm a quarter Finnish so we're practically family lol
Do you go over to NZ much? I've only been back to Swe once since moving down-under over a decade ago.
Greetings from Australia♥

BeadedTail said...

So pretty! I love any excuse to go to a bead store! :)

Valentina Coco said...

Beautiful pics!!!i'm following you!!!if you like mine, do the same!!
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New End Studio said...

This is very pretty and the contrast you're looking for is going to be gorgeous, too. I've a thing for pearls, so I'm biased. I look forward to seeing the earrings!

Melinda M Greve said...

Tough decision. One one day I'd like it Boho/Southwestern/Casual and on another day I'd like it Elegant/Dressy/Sophisticated. Depends upon if I'm going to the ocean or tea...if I'm going to an art gallery or a dinner theater.

connie l. said...

Good work! I like the bracelet. If I were looking for something contrasting, I think I'd try silver chain or gold chain with the turquoise beads. I'm not so sure how it will turn out tho but something like that!

The Artful Diva said...

I admire your beadwork so much - beautiful!

Duni said...

I think the turquoise and various blues have come together nicely! It's a harmonious mix :)
I love jewelry that has a bit of Boho touch!

p.s. thank you for your kind words on my blog, which made me feel a lot better immediately!!

Jutta said...

How beautiful!
thanks so much for visiting my blog and for following, i follow you back

Valentina Coco said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! Of course I follow you back!
If you want we can follow also with bloglovin, google+, twitter and facebook?
Come back soon to visit my blog, I'll be waiting for you!!
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Miss Val's Creations said...

It is looking good! A charm would be a really sweet addition. I can't wait to see what modifications you come up with! Turquoise is such a perfect summer color.

Katherines Corner said...

a great mix of boho chic. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Hugs and wishes for a beautiful week ahead.

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