More summertime fun with jewelry

More summertime fun with jewelry

Forgot to snap a photo of the wire wrapped dichroic glass doughnut for my blog post last week. I had to re-work the wire weaving I originally did because it looked like something out of a really bad circus. A little tweeking without losing any of the work was all it needed. I’ve had this glass doughnut for years and was waiting for the right opportunity and skills to come along so I could do this very cool doughnut justice. I almost missed the mark.

I also had some fun this week making small coiled beads. I found these light blue glass rectangles. I put the two together, added a spiral, and was inspired to snap some shots using white sand as the background.

I totally missed the mark on the green stone earrings (for lack of the right name of the stone). I stamped an image onto the stone. It is very permanent, it won’t wash off. One image came out more muted than the other. This was after numerous practice attempts on paper. The earrings are also a little heavy. I try not to make earrings that will take your lobes to the floor. These ones aren’t that heavy, but may need to be turned into pendants.

Win some, lose some.

100_3852 100_3855 100_3832
100_3831 100_3843 100_3845
What’s new for summer?

What’s new for summer?

I abandoned my blog. Not much has been going on in the jewelry world. I’ve had some changes and minor setbacks this summer. I haven’t stopped dreaming my pipe dream of some day having studio space where I can work on jewelry and other projects. For now, I’m a little stumped for creativity.

I have managed to work on my wire wrapping skills. I made the earrings and pendants below.

100_3814 100_3785 100_3793
100_3800 100_3806 100_3797

Color Conscious or Fashion Weary

Summer multi-gemstone hoop earrings.

(Adapted from the Whispering Iris monthly newsletter. Be sure to sign up to receive specials exclusive to newsletter recipients! E-mail me with “sign me up” in the subject bar to become a monthly recipient.)

Being somewhat an apprentice at handmade jewelry still, I hadn’t given much thought about researching fashion trends and colors and incorporating them into my jewelry. It would be somewhat pretentious to say that I am an avid fashion follower and can’t wait to get my hands on the latest trend, quite the contrary. I’m just a regular gal sharing my craft with the world. I sit in my lax cotton shorts I purchased at Target, t-shirt I got sometime somewhere, and baseball cap as I type this. But I like to dress up once in a while and accessorize, too.

It also doesn’t take a lot of “research” to know what the color trends in fashion are, right? We do it all the time when we want to add something new to our wardrobe. We have no choice. All clothing stores keep up with fashion trends so we don’t have to, no matter if it’s a high end store or not. What’s my point? Continue reading