When my characters aren’t using their siren call to get me to write their stories, I spend my free time making and collecting jewelry. I’m especially enamored of vintage sixties and seventies pieces made from a kind of Lucite called moonglow. My bead room (Yes, I have my own bead room.) overflows with vintage beads and findings that I use to create my own pieces. I don’t just have one ring I call my precious, but an entire dragon’s horde of jewelry and beads.
With my own designs, I strive to make things that are pretty but with an edge. I like to juxtapose an industrial look with blingy, girlie beads. Stainless steel with gemstones or Swarovski crystal. I paired a strand of pink opals with beads that reminded me of the coiled wire of a doorstop and added a bit of sparkle with some tiny silver night Swarovski bicones.
The images below are sample of pieces I’ve collected and designed myself.