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Indeed it is a happy new year for me because I’ve had a decent amount of time to get some great things done around the house (including in my studio – more about that in a future post) as well as work on some fun jewelry. It’s so relaxing!

First is one of those great pieces for which I had one component and then when I saw another, I just knew how perfectly it would go with what I already had. I had ordered a fabulous extra large vintage lucite bead. It looked like 1930s Hollywood to me, just beautiful. I got it from Sondra’s Estate Beads Destash Depot. Then I saw some vintage stardust ball chain in antique gold from B’sue Boutiques. What a perfect combination!

I used some of the very first handmade bead caps I ever bought, from Metal Me This many years ago at Bead & Button.  I loved the idea of making the bead look even richer, like those lampwork beads with integrated textured metal bead caps. I used crystal rondelles to hold the bead caps in place. 

It’s hard to show this necklace as nice as it turned out. The lucite is more lustrous and swirly, the bead caps are richer, the chain is more sparkly. Lovely. Old Hollywood glamour, here I come.

Today I also made a pair of earrings. These will be for sale later this year in the Artists for Animals Auction. I was helped along in making them early by the Bead in the New Year with Allegory Gallery prompt for today. I love this!

I got these beautiful MOP looking guitar picks from Lori Anderson when I bought something from her destash. She always includes extras. I thought they would make great earrings, and I wanted to pair them with kind of an unusual bead that would pop. I chose vintage Japanese paper beads I’ve had for many years. I love the glittery bits.

I intend to participate with Allegory Gallery throughout the month as much I can. How fun and inspiring! You can see what others have made (or post your own creation!) by visiting their Allegory Gallery Design Challenges page.

I hope you have a wonderful, creative year.