In the meantime, we've finally settled into our new place and I pulled out my tools yesterday and worked on my designs with our kit. What a pleasure it was to sit down with these pretty things!
I mostly stuck to the drawings I posted before. Here's the bracelet, very much as drawn. I didn't use foxtail chain as planned; the holes in Joan's beads were big enough that I could use this handsome cable link chain. The beads will move, but they don't slide too freely. It's a real pleasure to wear, just frosty with that beautiful luster!
The star and snowflake earrings really turned out nice, and they look great on! The wires aren't too long, so the stars just hover at the base of the lobe, with the snowflakes twinkling below.
I saved out a pair of Joan's icicles for simple earrings to match that stunning Wedgwood-style snowflake bead. Take a look at what I did with the loops. They hardly show on that bracelet, but here on these ethereal earrings, the steel loops really stood out. What to do? I wrapped them with 24g sterling silver wire. Now they are as shiny and white as the rest of the piece!
Overall, I am very pleased with this kit. These pieces can be worn through the winter, and would make fantastic holiday gifts. If you're a beader and want to make something special to give, our kit is a great value. Contact me or Joan in the comments if you'd like to order one; Joan described the exact contents in the blog, here. I have to correct one thing I just noticed, though: there's not a perfectly matched set of silver flakes in every kit. There are two larger and two smaller. And like true snowflakes, they are all a little different!
And you are welcome to make up your own version of these designs! I'm also happy to share my construction methods, if you want to know how I did something, just comment here in the blog.