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Art & Artists - Me & My Friends - Jann Alexander-McCullough

Monday, March 16, 2009

Art & Artists - Me & my Friends #11

Today I would like to introduce Elayne, who is one-half of ChezChani on Etsy.

She is a member of eSMArts on

Etsy also. I am featuring her today to

let everyone who reads my blog know

what a great gal she is and a fantastic

bead weaver. Originally from Montreal

she and her Mother have lived several

years in Las Vegas. Mom is the other

half of ChezChani but we will just talk

about Elayne for now. She does

bead weaving. Very beautiful & unique

items of jewelry. I have put up a few

pictures for you to enjoy. She also

weaves the prettiest of beaded rings.

I personally believe that they are her

best items, but that is just me. Her

necklaces are to drool for and of course

the bracelets, they are very pretty too.

She makes matching bracelet & earrings

to look like the suits on playing cards,

appropriate I thought, her living in

Las Vegas. You can find her on

Friday, March 13, 2009

Art & Artists - Me & my Friends #10

Today I would like to talk to you about Victorian jewelry.

This piece is one of the new styles, at least for me. I love the romantic softness of filigree. Also, the choices of dangles and the number of them. Then the many different color combinations of stones for each piece.

There seems to be so much more that you can do creatively with this type of jewelry. At first you just
look at all the many parts and pieces and wonder
what the heck do I do with this junk, but pretty soon the smoke clears and your brain starts getting the
juices flowing. Picture 2 is another example of just how beautiful and romantic this style of jewelry can
be. Look how many pieces is in this item.

Another example of what you can do with this style. I made the cabochons myself. The rest are crystals 4mm
bead dangles.

The next item I will show you is in three pictures
because I wanted to get really close to it so you could
see what I was included in this one. This one on the
right is a fire opal CZ and in the center of the bottom part is a Swarovski button.

I hope I have gotten some of you all excited about Victorian jewelry. I know that I have learned to love it myself. All the pieces you see here are available at my Etsy shop at