Toolbox Jewelry Challenge

Skye at Creative Chaos Blog set a challenge at the end of May in honor of Fathers day. I decided to participate in her challenge to create a piece of jewelry using something you found in the toolbox or hardware store….

I went to the hardware department of Lowe’s and bought steel spacers-zinc and lock washers external tooth #10. This is what I came up with:

I used my lampworked beads and copper chain. The washers are hard to see. They are bead caps on either side of the large raised dot beads. I plan to buy more spacers to make the necklace longer.

Hop List

Skye –

Marlene Cupo –

Pookledo –

Julie Anne –

Shelley Graham Turner –

Leslie Wayment –

Sherri Stokey –

ingetraud –

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell –

Keri Lee Sereika –

Shaiha –

Toltec Jewels –

About ingetraud

I make lampwork beads and jewelry. My other interests include traveling, reading, hiking, and collecting art and handcrafted items, especially pottery. I have always loved handmade things and have collected hand-thrown pottery since I was a teenager. I have done stained glass and weaving. I had been stringing beads into necklaces for a while when I attended a clay and glass show in Palo Alto. There was a beadmaker there whose work I fell in love with. I bought one bead to make into a necklace and decided I wanted to learn how to make glass beads. I took my first beadmaking class from Jackie Marr in Santa Cruz. After taking another class from Katie Stuart in Santa Barbara I set up my own studio and have not looked back. Beadmaking is like meditation for me. What has kept me interested is that there is always some new technique or color combination to learn or try. I have taken advanced classes from Sally Prasch, Marjorie Langston, Holly Cooper, Shirley Cook, Dolly Ahles, J.C. Herrill, Kristen Franzten Orr, Amy Waldman Smith, Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, Astrid Riedel, Amanda Muddimer, Melanie Moertel, Angela Meier, Gay Massender, Kris Schaible, and Jennifer Geldard. I love combining my love of beadmaking and traveling by taking classes away from home. In September, 2016 I got to attend a bead symposium in Wertheim, Germany. I took a bead lining class and watched many demos. I am married and have one son, age 26. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley, California.
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8 Responses to Toolbox Jewelry Challenge

  1. Sarah says:

    ooh shiny! Lovely 🙂

  2. Pretty necklace. Love the blues and those spacers are so cool. What area did you find them in at Lowe’s..I want, I want!

  3. I used washers as bead caps too in my earrings. I discovered they make great endcaps for Panda beads, LOL.. You’ve created lovely jewelry! Your lampwork glass beads are simply gorgeous! And along with your copper chain, the beautiful beads make a lovely colorway. This is beautiful work! I’m so pleased Sandra hosted this cool Jewelry Challenge & hop! Thank you for creating — your work is inspiring 🙂

    P.S. Sandra let me hop along in the Toolbox challenge too and told me just to share my blog in my comments 🙂 I listed my blog with the details below.

  4. You listed me! I see it now 🙂 Oh, thank you!

  5. Marlene C says:

    As I said on FB, super job. Blue is my favorite color and love the contrast between jewels and “junk” (oops I mean men stuff!).

  6. Skye says:

    ack! I read this earlier, came back to add it to my gallery… and didn’t realize I forgot to comment >.< My brain was obviously elsewhere lol I love the blues, and I have tones of those star washers and never thought of using them as bead caps! lol

  7. Very kewl necklace! I love how we all turned man stuff into treasures! Great job!

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