Gatsby Inspired Jewelry!

Unless a movie contains aliens or hobbits I not likely to be really excited about it but seeing the previews of the new version The Great Gatsby has me swooning, not because of any of the leading men but because of the gorgeous clothes and jewelry the ladies are wearing!

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Oh the sparkle, the pearls, the art-deco lines! My inner glamour girl is in jewelry making heaven! So, when someone asked me to make a custom necklace to wear to a wedding this weekend I had to put a little Gatsby in it!

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The thing I really like about this set is the clasp on the necklace. I picked up a pack of these at Joann Fabrics  they are by Blue Moon Beads and I will definitely be buying more. The neat thing about these clasps (besides the Art Deco design) is that there is a loop on the back perfect for hanging dangles from!

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Beaded tassels will be a big trend I think with this move coming out, the three dangles off the clasps echos this without being too “trendy” I think. The necklace can be worn frontward or backwards, the lady I designed this for has a cute shot haircut so the clasp and dangles will be a lovely accent at the back of the neck. It is also pretty for long hair worn up.

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I am seeing a lot of glass pearls and crystals being used too, some bead companies are even packaging their glass pearls with coordinating crystals. Crystals give you a lot more sparkle that regular faceted pressed glass because they are cut, not molded and those sharp flat edges reflect the light better. That is also why they are more expensive, more work involved…when you think about it beads are a bargain!

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I admit the triangle earring are a little more “groovy” that “Gatsby” but I had two scraps of Tiger-tail wire left after trimming the necklace and rather than toss them out I strung on some beads and made earrings. Changing the shape and adding a millefiori bead completely changes the feel of the jewelry. See how it doesn’t take much to change the look and feel of your beadwork.

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That’s all for me today! I am working on the last painting for the children’s book I am illustrating, I can’t wait to share more of this with you. I will be really excited when I can hold a copy of the book in my hands! Have a great weekend everybody and till next time happy crafting!

24 Responses

  1. These are just wonderful! I love your style and color combinations. I hope to see the movie for Mother’s Day! I love the fashions and the set design look so wonderful and of course I enjoy a good story too!

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  2. I love those necklaces. Simply gorgeous.

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  3. I have to echo the above sentiments….I LOVE this jewelry. Great job.
    And did not know about movie…will look it up.

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  4. You inspire me, LIndsay!! Thanks for the samples. I hit the jack pot the other day at my thirft store. The manager gave me a great deal on glass faceted beads and I’m having so much fun playing.

    Hugs,

    Carmen L

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    • That’s great Carmen, how is your jewelry making coming along? It is a fairly new hobby for you if I remember correctly. Great find! I am not usually very lucky at the thrift store;)

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  5. Love the style, Lindsay, and especially the complementary colours. That clasp is gorgeous, too! Well done.

    Shoshi

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  6. What a beautiful set. The necklace clasp hanging down a low back dress would be simply divine.

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  7. Beautifully done Lindsay!!!

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  8. Beautiful necklace!! Be sure to let us know about the book!! Congrats!!!

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  9. Thanks for your nice comment on my blog, Lindsay. Yes, I was pleased the manufacturers liked what I’d done to their box! I bet nobody else ever emailed them with such an idea lol! They must have thought “What have we got here…” I sent them the pics of the back today. Hope they like it! I’ve got the box propped up on the mantlepiece and it does look quite cool though I say so myself.

    Shoshi

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  10. I loved those colors and the beads used! Where did you get those beads from? I mostly make magnetic jewelry but need regular beads to go with the magnetic ones.

    Also what type of stringing medium should I use for a bracelet that I wear continually. Every thing I’ve tried breaks after 3-6 months of continual wear then I have to restring it.

    Su-z

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    • the pearls and crystals are from Cousin most craft stores have that brand as they are fairly inexpensive for glass and crystals, the frosted beads are from Oriental Trading, I buy most of my beads from Fire Mountain Gems online as they have great deals and low shipping!

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    • opps I forgot to say use Tigertail to string my beads on, Accuflex is one brand, Beadalon is another brand I use often too. I save the scraps to make teardrop earrings (see the triangle earrings in this post) as not to waste;)

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  11. Beautiful jewelry Lindsay, Happy Mothers Day! ~Diane

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  12. I axore the early 1900s. Thise clasps are wonxerful. I saw them there when i was looking at wires when i did thise crochet wire bracelets. Love the tardis blue colors and the combo with the oranvie gold beads, so lovely. Have a very happy Mother’s Day!

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  13. The necklace and earrings set is a keeper, Lindsay. Precision and serendipity combined! The choice of colors, sizes, and shapes all work together right down to the closure in the front where all necklaces should have their clasps. “:O)

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  14. That is just beautiful!

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