Friday, June 24, 2011

What's Old is New Again

I'm back with more designs for the Artbeads Blogging for Beaders Challenge! The theme is "What's Old is New Again." The idea was to take inspiration from the past by incorporating old, vintage, or antique items into our designs, but to also include modern components. I decided to take a couple of gorgeous antique styled components coupled with antique brass and copper chain and findings and pair them with contemporary Swarovski and fire polished glass beads. 

This first piece incorporates a beautiful Kabela Design filigree component with the sparkle of a Swarovski copper rivoli. The rivoli is bead bezeled in golden rose colored delicas. I think I may have used the "wrong" side of the component, but it still has charm!

This next piece is a simple brass chain that has been embellished with a range of Swarovski crystals in warm brown tones. To finish the honey feel of the bracelet, a little bee charm decorates the clasp. A simple pair of earrings completes the duo.

This bracelet combines metal and fiber for a simple yet aged appeal. Glass beads and brass wire compliment the triangle link.

This next piece has a gorgeous Victorian style link. I kept it simple by adding beaded links to the chain. 

Finally, this piece reminds me of the industrial revolution, since it's the only one so far to incorporate silver. It feels more modern than the others, yet still looks antique. The Swarovski briolette adds a much needed punch to the ribbon necklace. 

ArtBeads is having a summer savings sale, so stop on by if you want to get some awesome jewelry supplies. 

Please note that I have received the products free of charge from and that I am honestly reviewing the products and have not been paid to do so.