Small Green Daisy

This dainty little daisy has turquoise beads, and a lampwork lentil bead in the center. Measures no more than 1 inch tall. [button href="" size="large" textcolor="#ffffff"]Learn how to make a pendant like this[/button]

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Flower Brooch with Cluster

This sweet brooch can be made using barrel or oval beads, a jumpring and some small 4mm beads. The fun and trendy cluster center can be alternated with the Beaded flower and the Briolette flower to form a gazillion different styles.

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Copyright 2004 Eni Oken


YOJ 2004 Week 18

This pendant measures only 1.5 inches high and was made for a very special commission: the 70th birthday of a woman who loves sailing, photography, music, the ocean and bird watching. At first I thought that combining all these different loves in an organic-looking pendant would be quite challenging given the size of the piece (the request was to keep it under 1 3/4" high), but eventually the composition worked itself out. The pendant can also be used as a pin.

Charlotte's Loves pin/pendant: sterling silver and clouded aquamarines.

YOJ 2004 Week 17

Another marine-theme bracelet... This one is derived from the Underwater relic pendant created a couple of weeks ago (see below). I like the way it looks very organic -- the various tiny beads almost look like barnacles (small crustaceans which attach to submerged surfaces) -- and not symmetrical as most of my pieces are. Little critters continue to crawl all over my bracelets... a dolphin, a shark, a lobster, a sea -horse and the tiniest sea turtle.

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Marine Relic Bangle

The bangle was constructed with sterling silver, organic-looking aquamarine nuggets and green garnets.

YOJ 2004 Week 16

"Lemon tree, very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet… ".

My mother loves tea and teapots. When I got these hard-to-find faceted lemon quartz beads, I immediately made a note-to-self to create a tea themed piece. It took me some time to find the right charms with little teapots, and the centerpiece which is the tinniest 3 -dimensional tea set, complete with sugar bowl and creamer.

Lemon Tea Bangle

The bangle was constructed with sterling silver, lemon quartz beads, jade and green garnet beads. To attach the tea set, I had to make holes in it with the smallest of drill bits.

YOJ 2004 Week 15

Under the Sea: finally a theme that I can fit into!!!! These pendants were made for a commission - the client wanted something resembling an underwater relic, found from a lost Atlantis-type civilization. He ended up choosing the larger one (right). The smaller one was made a few weeks ago, but I thought I'd show the comparison.

Top units show inches, the bottom units show centimeters. The stones are crackled quartz and amazonite, all from Brazil.

YOJ 2004 - Week 14

The theme for this week is Hearts Desire: I felt that a luxurious bracelet, made with gemstone quality blood-red garnets was appropriate. The keyword here is "luxury", defined in the dictionary as follows:

1. Something inessential but conducive to pleasure and comfort.
2. Something expensive or hard to obtain.
3. Sumptuous living or surroundings: lives in luxury.

Luxury Bangle

Friends & Enemies, Sharks & Dolphins Bracelet

aquamarine02 On November 7th, 2004, a group of people entered the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA, and injured and killed several animals. My family and I were extremely saddened by this event. In honor of marine animals and their preservation, I developed a series of jewelry pieces with marine themes.

Clouded Aquamarine nuggets and AAA gemstone-quality faceted topaz beads are combined in this rare cuff: the smooth and irregular quality of the nuggets contrasts sharply with the brilliant faceted topaz.

Flanking the large focal Bali bead are sharks and dolphins, which also contrast sharply with each other. Together, they form a harmonious and complementary design.


Constructed with more than 18 feet of hair-thin sterling silver wire, the bangle measures 1" wide and fits 6" to 7.5" wrist size.

Copyright 2004 Eni Oken

YOJ 2004 - Week 13

This is probably the most expensive bracelet yet! I got some very hard-to-find gemstone quality topaz beads -- these babies are drilled at the bottom, making it easy to wire them through. The piece combines clouded aquamarine nuggets alternated with the topaz beads. The contrast between the soft, irregular nuggets and the very brilliant and faceted topaz beads made me think of other contrasts: sharks and dolphins.

The large center focal Bali bead is also one of the highest quality I've seen around. There is one word for this bracelet: shiny!

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Year of Jewelry Week 11

Boy oh, boy... It seems I can't really stop making these bangles. I'm going to name 2004 the Year of bangles in my book of creativity. This one was made with some great green garnet ovals, which inspired me to add a variety of little pond critters: frogs, geckos, turtles. It's called The Pond:

The Pond
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Year of Jewelry Week 10

The theme of the week is.. wouldn't you know it: Halloween, and although I do enjoy dressing up and celebrating, I don't think I'm going with the theme. I've had more luck just following my own challenges, so far. This week, for some reason, blue jeans is just on my mind and I'm working on a bangle with denim colors. This one is called Blue Jean Baby.

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Year of Jewelry Week 9

The theme of the week is Birds, and I did manage to develop according to the theme:

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The pin was entirely constructed with 16 ga sterling silver wire and hand-coiled with hair-thin 28 ga sterling silver wire, which was also used to attach the beads.

Although this week's theme is absolutely wonderful for the techniques I am currently working with, fate didn't want it so, and I had to content

Year of Jewelry Week 8

The theme of the week is Weaving and Braiding. Although this week's theme is absolutely wonderful for the techniques I am currently working with, fate didn't want it so, and I had to content myself in producing a last minute piece. I'm not particularly in love with it, but hey, I had to make something!

Topaz ring

Year of Jewelry Week 6

The theme of the week is "Flowers", so I couldn't resist developing this design which has been sitting in my journal for quite some time. And since I just came back from a bead show with just the right colored beads (purple amethyst, green and garnet), it turned out very much like it was planned! purplependantThe pendant is just about 4 cm wide, which is a tiny bit more than 1 1/2 inches. What I like about the piece is that it is entirely constructed over a single 8mm jumpring: the amethysts were secured using 24 GF ga wire and then painstakingly coiled and framed with 28 ga gold-filled wire. The other beads are vermeil (silver with an overlay of 18k gold), an unknown green stone called vansuanite and tiny 3mm garnets. The pin took almost 4 hours to create, but I'm happy with the results! I was asked if the back of the pin is as neat and clean as the front. I believe the back of a piece of jewelry is as important as the front -- it has always been my own personal technical challenge to keep the entire piece clean and neat. I have discarded many pieces of jewelry which I didn't think were fit to be sold or even given to friends because the back wasn't neat enough.

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Year of Jewelry Week 5

It seems like the little critters are walking all over my jewelry designs lately, I can't seem to keep them off my workbench. It must be my son's influence: he has a million of these plastic animals in his room -- maybe they are magically transforming themselves into silver so they can rest from his antics a bit...

This is another pin that I started at Connie's class but didn't have time finish until now. It used essentially the same technique of a safety pin construction, but the body of the pin is made into a snake wavy design, which reminded me a little lizard...

Gecko, gecko, get out of here...

Year of Jewelry Week 4

Last weekend I just had a BLAST at Connie Fox's Pins workshop. It was just too much fun: we learned not only how to make our own pins out of wire, but also how to rivet, saw and drill sheet metal. I made 4 pins. Unfortunately, I was in such a hurry to get home to try the new techniques that I FORGOT all my tools and jewelry in San Diego (how could that have happened?).

To find more information on Connie's excellent classes, go to her home page: Jatayu.

Ok, now that I have my tools and jewelry back (Thanks Connie!), here's the picture of one of the pins I made during Connie's class:

It's called BIG FISH, little fish. It reminds me of the strong connection a mother has with a child -- notice how the mother fish is far more abstract (and perhaps for that reason more subjective) than the very figurative and direct child fish. The mother fish also carries a womb, represented by the large shell-shaped bead.

The pin was constructed with 16 ga wire like a safety pin: a triangular spiral hides the clasp hook. The body of the fish was constructed over the initial safety pin structure with slightly thinner wire and hill-tribe beads. The little fish is a charm, sewn on with hair thin 28 ga wire.

Year of Jewelry Week 3

The theme of this week is Serendipity. Although I *did* think of a design for the theme, I was more interested in working right now on this particular bangle, called "Queen of the Desert". The chalcedony beads were just asking to be put in rows with the rectangular double drilled bali beads. When combined with the hilltribe smaller rectangular beads, the entire design just seemed to fit together: geometric, but ornamental at the same time.

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The sketch (below) show how the design can be altered to fit more rows of beads.