Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Party and My Latest Creation

I took the plunge today and signed up for the Bead Soup Blog Party. You get to pair up with another jewelry designer and trade beads and create a piece of jewelry. You can add your own stuff too. I hope I can keep up with this fascinating group of people. I'll be sharing the beads I'm sent with you. I'll also show you the beads I send to my partner. Then I'll show you the two finished products in the big reveal.

I finally decided to create a necklace for myself. It's all sterling, diamonds, rosaries and shell.  The small pendant on the first chain is made with small diamonds. My husband, Tony, bought it for me. the second chain is actually part of a rosary that was my fathers. the large broach on the third necklace is an antique broach that I've had in my collection for many years. The spoon dog pin on the right side reminds me of the dogs I've owned and loved through the years. I found the large flower pin on the bottom while vacationing with a dear friend. What do you think?

Here are some details of the necklace.  I found this pendant below on a vacation with a dear friend.

This is an antique pin I've had in my collection for a while. The pendant on the first chain is made from small diamonds

Thursday, January 24, 2013

More Jewelry Designs by Kathy Stemke

This jewelry design stuff is addicting. I can't stop! Is there a jewelry design annonomous? Here are my latest treasures.

A Simple Yet Elegant Bracelet
displayed on an art glass sculpture!

I used a vintage black and white cameo surrounded with rhinestones and silver chain to make this snap on bracelet.
Here's my Pearl Spectacular!
Please help me decide which accent piece to put on the bottom. Check out the two choices below.
It's hard to see the small two pearl drop at the bottom.
Here's the second choice. It's a larger gold leaf pin with a pearl  accent.

Thanks for dropping by today and thanks for your valued opinions.
Kathy Stemke

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My Crocheted Jeweled Hat and Great Ways to Display Jewelry

Here's my first crocheted hat with added bling. What do you think?
Here are some great ways to display your jewelry!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

First Glimpse of my Jewelry Designs

Welcome to my first post on my new blog. Recently I was under the weather and bedbound for a couple of weeks. Since I love vintage and antique jewelry, I decided to create some works of art. As an antique dealer I always have jewelry and interesting parts of old furniture, purses, and clothing hanging around. Here's my first atempt at a re-purposed necklace which I SOLD already!

This necklace was made out of an old shoe clip, lock and key, earring, charm and cameo.

Here are some others I've created!

This necklace is made from and old drawer pull and old key!

This necklace has a more dainty feel to it. The heart on the bottom was made by a soldier during WWII.
I love this goldtone necklace. It was made with a piece of a vintage purse and a vintage pin.


Here's my copper beauty! I used copper chains, a rhinestone and a real vintage copper pin!
I had fun creating this three tier necklace with an old key and old broach. The black and gold tones will compliment any outfit.
As you can see I like long necklaces. I will be creating some shorter ones as well. This elegant piece has lots of pearl and pale lavander stones as well as a splash of bling with a large rhinestone accent.
Please let me know what you think of my designs. Which one do you like best? I'm working on several more...stay tuned.
Have a great day,
Kathy Stemke