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Because I’m all bout the sets, no orphans.

May 20, 2015 , In: Beadwork, Jewelry
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Yes I did hear the song in my head and I am sort of sorry if I gave you an earworm.

I am like most when it comes to inspiration to start a piece of jewelry.  I have something that inspires me and go with it.  Sometimes it can be a necklace sometimes it is a bracelet.  I love creating.  Just take a peek at my tray.

Here is where the tricky part is.  When I make jewelry for myself I like having matching sets.  It sounds real easy.  I have found that it can be far from easy.

Like this necklace,

or this bracelet.

Both I loved making and both are so pretty but for some reason there is no spark to create a matching piece.  In fact I have to tell you that I have quite a few orphan pieces as I call them.

I have been in the midst of a medical issue, nothing too serious but does require outpatient surgery, when those come up either my muse disappears or she shows up with a vengeance.  Well she has actually shown up and she had a specific mission.   Pair up some orphans!

I actually did not have a plan when I started.  Then I found some beautiful round beads by Diana of Suburban Girl Studios that happened to match another necklace with a pendant of hers and just played around with the beads.

I used to think sets had to be matchy matchy but to date I have been breaking many of my own rules and I love this set.

I was lucky enough to get some amazing Czechmate Crescent beads a while ago.  I am pretty sure I have told you about them before and from the moment they came out I had a design in mind and it just so happened I also had a orphan begging to be mated.

The cab in the necklace is from Lisa Peters Art and is one of my absolute favorites to where but I have had no bracelet to match it.  I am extremely happy with this set as well!

And finally I recently had the opportunity to work with Erin who is a blogger for Halcraft USA as well as her own blog Treasures Found.  Erin has a monthly challenge she hosts choosing a palette and coordinating beads and asks designers to play along.

The bracelet came first in this set.  And honestly I might have to make a couple more of these in different colors because I really like the way is wears.  I had a heck of a time getting a necklace that would work for me.  Finally I decided to just let it flow instead of fighting and I really love the way the necklace finished.

Do you like having sets of jewelry?

Kristen Stevens

Kristen Stevens has always been a crafter of sorts.  Cross stitch, quilting, quilling, knitting, and since 2009 totally addicted to seed beads.  Then the discovery of art beads added to the addiction.  She has been complimented on her unique approach to blend colors, shapes and inspiration from the art beads and nature. She has also been writing her own tutorials. 
  1. Kristen – your pieces are lovely! Mom and I very rarely create pieces that have sets – it is fluke when we do. We should do it more often because we have people ask if we have a bracelet that goes with the necklace they are purchasing. Maybe this is an inspiration for us to get our butts in gear to make up matching pieces 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    Such beautiful work! I especially love the Lisa Peters' piece—she's one of my favorites. You did justice to her cabochon!

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    Wow Kristen! You did a fabulous job with these sets! They look like they were designed that way, right from the start! I love how you coordinated the beads..matching, but not matchy-matchy. Perfection.

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    Your jewelry is just lovely!

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    Hi Kristen, I always admire your work. It is beautiful. I am glad to see you finishing your sets. My favorite is the Lisa Peters set. For the blue necklace I would use the stitch in the strap to make loop earrings.

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    I love these sets you have made. T like that they go together but are not identical. Great work!

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