This necklace is made of the gem unakite. It's green with a peach color blended into the stone. In this design, the pointed stones are wired and glued around the oval main unikite stone to make the unique pendant you see. The photography skills (which is non-existent) cannot begin to show you the beauty of these stones.
Black and White
Black and white combined is still one of the most popular color sets in both jewelry and clothing. Here's a design that has white beads with flowers, black pointed spikes for a slighted modern look, and a white raised flower cabochon housed in a silver frame. The bracelet is a stretch bracelet, and regardless of what you might think, spikes look stunning when worn in a necklace or bracelet.
The green and white bracelet above has two stretchable strands of beads that cross in the back to make an eye-catching design design. The large plastic beads on the front are combined with see-through green beads to make a bracelet that is very appropriate for the spring and summer months. This is part of a set of jewelry found in the green bead section.
Since this is a new hobby and a new website, please have patience with me as I work my way through this new venture. I'm sure there will be some problems that I have not anticipated in the next few weeks - one of them is that I'll be working this summer as usual. Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.
While working feverously on University of Alabama jewelry getting ready for football season, I realized it won't be long before it's time to start working on Christmas jewelry. Seasonal jewelry is like seasonal clothing - it's always coming up! Time seems so scarce to get everything done on time! Looking at the purple set above reminds me of why I enjoy making jewelry - putting together pretty colors and unique or regular pieces so that when it is all done, a really pretty set of jewelry is finished. Simple can be beautiful, too!
In the Beginning:
I started making jewelry as a hobby two years ago. I had planned to name the site Pat's Jewelry Hobby House but thought it was way too long! I'm a school media specialist and had never planned on having a real talent with jewelry. I've always loved buying jewelry, but never thought much about making it. A friend of mine (my ex's wife) helped me because I have a small neck and all the necklaces I purchase and am given are way too long. Maybe some of you have the same problem as I've had to deal with over the years.
Anyway, I started making some jewelry and wearing what I made to school and my students and teachers loved it. I was still learning the knack of putting hooks on beads, but I seem to have the "vision" for jewelry. Here's how I do it: I see a picture anywhere - on the Internet, in the clouds, Pinterest - and I print the picture if possible. Then I sketch (can't draw a thing and you can't call what I do sketching), my vision. I have this really nice sketch book - it shows the neck lengths, a place for bead placements, etc. This doesn't work for me! I put my information on a 2"x2" sticky note and stick it on the picture I printed. If I get famous (which isn't likely), I'll still have to do it the same way. My ideas are in my head and I can't put them on paper.
(Pat Gann, Jewelry Designer): I am a full-time media specialist for 40 years in Alabama with degrees in Library Science and Technology. I also attended the University of Alabama during the days of the great "Bear" Bryant football coach. I began jewelry designing as a hobby 2 years ago, but I've had a lot of past experiences that have helped with this designing. I've modeled clothes, done scrapbooking, bought a lot of jewelry, done macramé, quilting, embroidery, cross stitch, knitting, sewing, and crocheting. When I started working with jewelry, I had no idea that a lot of these skills would be useful in jewelry making, nor the fact that all jewelry designers should buy stock in glue manufacturers as we keep them in business.