I have a group of friends who also like to make jewelry. Some sell their wares and some just make jewelry for themselves and for friends and family. All of them make gorgeous jewelry.
About once a month we get together at one of our houses on a Friday night for an evening of eating, drinking and beading. Not everyone in the group can make it every month but we usually have at least 5 people or more. Last night the hostess made chili and put out a tray of raw vegetables and dip, Trader Joe’s Light Margarita mix and tequila. The rest of us brought food that would more or less complement the chili. I made Pepper Jack Cornbread. Someone brought a tray of cheese and small bread rounds. We had Red Velvet cupcakes and home-made brownies (I love the corner pieces). It was wonderful, the whole spread was yummy. Life is good when you have good friends and can enjoy a delicious meal and chat away an evening together.
Afterwards we got out our beading supplies to work on our “project du jour”. I chose to make another one of those leaf charm bracelets only this time the leaves were semi-precious gemstone leaves in various colors. They were leftovers from projects I’d made over the years. Most were various types of jasper and I had a couple of agate varieties too. All were the same size. I added some lapidalite jasper round beads and used the same brass bead caps on each leaf and bead. These all went on a simple antiqued brass chain. The bracelet chain came with a lobster clasp but I changed that to a leaf toggle clasp.
Of course we didn’t just sit there and work, we chatted, passed around pictures of one of the gals’ brand new grandson, passed jewelry projects around to examine, exchanged critiques about our work, etc. It was amazing how many different types of projects were being made. One gal was making up a three strand bracelet made from small pieces of silver and Swarovski crystals in various colors. She had seen a very expensive version of it in a department store. Another was putting groups of two colors of pearls together with wire to make pearl flowers which she will make into a necklace. It’s amazing how varied the projects are and what beautiful work we all do. I had a great time and I am sure we all did!
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