Every once in awhile, I make what I like to call "Carnival Necklaces." They're made from a random collection of beads in no particular order but each necklace contains one red bead or evil eye bead to ward off maliciousness, one moon bead, one animal bead, and at least one semi-precious stone, usually more than one. They're pretty, and relatively inexpensive. No two are alike and they're random lengths, made without a clasp.
The one pictured here is selling for $18 plus $4 shipping and handling. It has garnets and agates, several enamel beads, including one in the shape of a koi-fish arcing up to the moon, and a small red bead for luck.
Interested folks should contact me at tamyris at earthlink.net. Over the next few days, i'll be posting more of these carnival necklaces.
Edit: I scanned the above image in, which I feel better shows the beads. It should be noted that the crimson spacers are a much, much more vibrant red than how it came out in the photos.
The picture did not come out as well as I would like (I had to take it on my cell phone. I mislaid the cord that allows me to transfer images from my camera to the computer) but these are gorgeous prayer beads dedicated to the ancestors.
Every aspect of these prayer beads was carefully designed to help the user better connect to the ancestors: there are three large skull beads (one for maternal line, one for paternal, and one for ancestors unrelated by blood), then nine sets of nine picture-jasper beads (chosen because they look like bone). Each set of nine is separated by a smaller skull bead. The skull beads are bone (ox or camel respectively) and there are blood red spacers of faceted glass, representing the continuity of ancestors connecting generation to generation.
I am selling these (I'm sorely tempted to keep them, but really, I have enough sets of prayer beads!) for $40 plus $5 shipping and handling.
Interested folks should contact me at tamyris at earthlink.net.
This is a sweet little bracelet suitable for a child or a woman with slender wrists--it's only 8" in its entirety.
It's made of plastic and glass beads, with a metal fish bead in the center. I"m not certain what the fish is made of; I know it's not silver. I made this so long ago as part of a set (the necklace ended up selling separately) that I just don't recall.
I'm selling this for $8 with $4 shipping and handling (if it's less, i'll reimburse the difference in shipping and handling). Contact me at tamyris at earthlink.net if you're interested.