Working with Leather Cord

After beading, leather cord became the next medium I used to create jewelry. I found I moved away from it after my interest in beads grew. I forgot that in its own way, it allows for versatility and creativity. Without even thinking about it, I realised only yesterday that some of my recent pieces have incorporated necklaces and bracelets made from leather cord.

Leather cord comes in many different colours, sizes, flat lace, rounded, and it can be used to create beautiful jewelry for men, ladies and children.

First pieces created included adjustable and wrap bracelets.

Pieces made in 2017.

 

These are random photos of different styles of leather for jewelry making:-

 

If you want to get a better idea of what is available on the market and online, see the links below. If you purchase beading supplies online and think that shop is the best for quality and service, share your thoughts!

Thanks!

—Tasha, UYJ

Beadaholique

Limabeads

Artbeads

Fusion Beads

*The images belonging to Uniquely Yours, Jewelry by Tasha are marked or captioned accordingly. All other photos are pulled from the WWW.

 

Accessorizing | Earrings

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” —Rachel Zoe

These dazzling designs make a standout addition to your collection of earrings. The list of components include: –

  • Gemstones – Amazonite, Amethyst, Prehnite
  • Fresh water pearls
  • Non-tarnish jewelry wire
  • Sterling silver and stainless ear wires
  • Matte gold-plated metal

Continue reading

Green Agate | Available for Purchase

Eyes will be drawn immediately to the focal point of this leather-styled choker. A stunning, faceted smokey greenish-brown Agate is flanked on either side by a crystal bead and a white fresh water pearl. Attached to jump rings is a doubled brown leather cord which is used to fasten at the neck.   Continue reading

Cheat Sheet – Lapis Lazuli

Welcome to another Cheat Sheet blog post. The last post focused on Amazonite – so take a look at that post!

Each post will feature a new stone and brief description. If there are pieces in my portfolio which include these stones, they will be featured as well. 

Today we look at Lapis Lazuli.

Let’s learn together!

The variety of Lapis Lazuli which I most frequently see is the matte kind. My first impression was that it reminded me of Sodalite, however, the hues of blue are much darker. Lapis Lazuli is also much more expensive.

  • Can simply go by the name Lapis.
  • It is said that ‘lapis’ means stone in Latin.
  • The Egyptians used Lapis. King Tut’s burial mask was decorated with Lapis. There is an interesting article I featured in 2016 on Lapis and the Egyptian King.
  • It is referred to as the blue stone.
  • Said to be stone of protection and creativity.
  • Primarily mined in the Middle East, namely Afghanistan. However, deposits are traced as far away as Argentina.

Below is an example of my work using Lapis Lazuli.

lapis-and-sodalite

GENTS BRACELET – made using 8mm matte Lapis and two 10mm focal Sodalite. A sun bead and four small sterling silver beads are used as spacers. Made by Uniquely Yours by Tasha.

If there are is other information you can share on Lapis or if you are a designer, why not share your work with the readers here on UYJ.

—Tasha, UYJ

 

*Main photo taken from the The Healing Chest

Disclaimer – This post reflects the information gleaned from reading. Therefore the views expressed by individual websites are solely their assertions. I do not ascribe to nor have I tested nor can verify the properties of these stones. —Tasha

 

Gold wire – AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

These are my first attempts at gold wire bracelets. It is just a selection of different stones, glass and alloy supported by gold crafting wire.

To declare your interest, you can do any of the following: –

  1. Leave me a message on this post;

  2. Send me an email via tasha76d@gmail.com; or,

  3. Leave a message on Instagram.

Thank you for your interest! It is a pleasure to serve you!

 

—Tasha, UYJ

Cheat Sheet – Amazonite

The Cheat Sheet blog posts will be a new feature on UYJ. Each post will feature a new stone and brief description. If there are pieces in my portfolio which include these stones, they will be featured as well. 

Let’s learn together!

By far, Amazonite is my favourite stone. I love the colour! Anything with lovely hues of turquoise will definitely catch my eye.

  • It is said that Amazonite is named after the Amazon River. I cannot confirm that traces of Amazonite where found there. Sources are mixed regarding this point.
  • Amazon stone is another name.
  • Amazonite is greenish-blue in colour. Sometimes has white, yellow, brown or grey portions.
  • Said to be calming and encourages confidence.
  • Is found worldwide. However, large deposits are said to exist in Colorado, USA; Myanmar, India and Madagascar.

Below are example of pieces by Uniquely Yours Jewelry using Amazonite stones.

Shop for Amazonite:

Vitabeads

Fire Mountain Gems

Disclaimer – This post reflects the information gleaned from reading. Therefore the views expressed by individual websites are solely their assertions. I do not ascribe to nor have I tested nor can verify the properties of these stones. —Tasha

 

2017 Colour Coded campaign – Take a glance

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”— C. S. Lewis

Today’s post features all of the currently available pieces for the 2017 Colour Coded Campaign here on UYJ. I  have listed them in the main tab bar of the website 2017 Colour Coded, and to the right column under Menu. To the below pictures, I have added a selection of previously unsold jewelry from Christmas 2016.

Each design was made by yours truly, Natasha (or Tasha as I am usually called) and will certainly make lovely gifts or for your own pleasure.

The caption beneath each photo takes you directly to the relevant post.

For details on pricing and other information, please drop me an email at tasha76d@gmail.com or use the form provided below.

Thank you and have a lovely day!

—Tasha, UYJ

Colour Coded – Neutral

This set features more neutral shades, almost peachy I would say. The brighter stones are Sunstone gemstones and the white is Quartz. Also making an appearance are freshwater pearls.

These bracelets are still available for purchase.

For further details, please use the form below or contact directly via tasha76d@gmail.com

—Tasha, UYJ

Carnelian and Turquoise gemstone Statement – Available

Carnelian is one of my favorite stones because of deep colour of the stone. It is earthy, inviting and it can be mixed with several other materials including copper. The turquoise is equally special to me for its calming hue.

This bold necklace is for the adventurous. Simply let this necklace do all the talking when you walk into the room!

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Gemstones ought to be cared and not tossed about. So store in a cool, dry area. Apply perfumes and lotions prior to putting on gemstone jewelry.

Interested in purchasing this statement piece?  Use the contact for below or email tasha76d@gmail.com. Gifts will be packaged and ready for you!

—Tasha, UYJ