If you make your own lampwork and also make finished jewelry, have you ever been tempted to "poach" your bead store for your own jewelry? I have. I usually package up my finished bead sets and put them in a drawer for a while. So I don't see them everyday. Then, I'll go through them to remind myself of what I have and my brain starts going, "Ooh! That's pretty, that would look good as..." or "I could do xyz with this..."
This little set of Southwestern Sky Blue beads were begging to be made into jewelry. They were talking to me. "Make me into cute little western jewelry!" I've been trying to develop a western theme of jewelry (since I currently live in Texas) and have incorporated Southwest-y colors (baby blue, turquoise, and candy apple red) in the lampwork beads. The necklace is in a classic design with a western twist - handmade (by me!) twisted jump rings in copper and silver, finished off with leather cord. The earrings complement the set with morning glory lampwork design and more twisted jump rings.