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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Lots of Spirals on This Pendant

The good news is, I have requests for more inventory. But, I'm never satisfied without making some sort of new design. That get's me in a world of trouble, because I'm not quick at it and it causes delays in getting things completed. Here's a new design that's on it's way to "the Corner Store' in Waterford, VA. Antiqued copper with Crazy Lace Agate $25. Next time I want to add some seed beads on some of the wire, because I just can't leave well enough alone.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Christmas Red Earrings with Sparkle

I finally found the Christmas red beads I wanted.  They are a nice glass oval with a bit of faceting. My camera caught some glare on part of the faceting, so that tells me they should catch the light while being worn.  Plus, the Swarovski crystals that are laced on the side will definitely sparkle.  Like always, I never know if they are a good design until the customers react by adopting them.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.  I'm on my way to the kitchen.


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christmas Earrings

I've been experimenting with Christmas earring designs. I searched for 'red' oval beads and this multi-colored bead showed up. At first I hesitated, because I was looking for a solid red color, but decided to take a chance on this bead and I'm glad I did. They are a composite of colors that have somehow been bonded to form the beads. Some of the colors have a depth and translucent quality, while other parts of the beads are opaque. The experiment continued when I added a weave to the side and the cherry on top, or in this case bottom, is a Swarovski crystal. They are going on my display, in time for the doors to open on Black Friday, at Carolina Mountain Artists Guild in Hendersonville, NC item EK53 $26 https://www.facebook.com/CarolinaArtists

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Winging It!

Today I 'thought' I'd weave around a blue Crazy Lace Agate, but as I was searching through my stones I came across this Zebra Jasper. It's a beauty! I had also planned on a very simple weave, but then in my head I heard myself say 'let's see what happens." Really? Me the planner going to wing it? So I made decisions as I went along and as the design directed my wire. I can see from this picture that I need to tweak the bail. It's on a bit of an angle. This pendant is 2"L x 1"W item PK4 $42

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A New Venue

My display, now fully stocked and decorated for Christmas.

A slow few hours.

In all of my excitement I completely forgot to tell you that I have been accepted into a Guild (similar to a Co-op).  Last August, I submitted my application and samples to the Carolina Mountain Artist Guild, in Hendersonville, NC.  About a week later, I received a call that I had been accepted.  How exciting.  

I stocked my display with as much as I had on hand and then began to create more jewelry.  I am happy to say that my jewelry is being well received and it's keeping me busy.  Except maybe for that second picture with my boots propped up on the counter. Earlier that day I couldn't ring the sales fast enough for the 30 or so artists and artisans and then the store went quite.  So I propped my feet up and worked with my wire.

Thank you for stopping by and perhaps I'll see you if you in the Hendersonville, NC.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Woven Purple Crazy Lace Agate Pendant

I'm building up inventory for a promising Christmas season at the Guild. I'm adding some jewelry with other choices of wire, besides my normal copper. This design is from a Oxana123 on Youtube. She does remarkable designs and is kind enough to give the public her tutorials. This pendant is Crazy Lace Agate, 1 3/4" \L x 1"W, item PK3 $38 with a 24" rolo chain and will be available at the Guild.

It got dark out, so no natural light for a beauty shot. This pendant was taken in the.................bathroom! So I had to take a certain angle to keep the shadows at bay. As a result this picture shows some of the 'unseen' top structural wire and that gap. Secrets revealed. It's late and I've worked overtime. I wonder if I can get time and a half for this. hmmm?

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Woven Pink Crazy Lace Agate Pendant

Here's the beauty shot for the pendant I've been working on. I've taken a picture of the back, for those who like to know how it's finished on the reverse side. This is a Crazy Lace Agate bead. I ran one of the wires through the bead, but it was still a bit unstable. Later I had a 'spare' wire on the front that I had coiled all the way down, since I didn't know what I was going to do with it, but did know that I didn't want a bare wire. Well there was a gap on the front top and the coiled wire not only hid the gap, but it was long enough to go down the back side of the bead and back to the front, with just enough to curl and cover another gap and stabilized the bead. A happy accident. It measures 1 7/8" L x 1" W for $42 and tomorrow will be in my display in Hendersonville, NC.

Back of Pendant

And, for those of you who would like to see it 'under construction'.  This was taken while I was still trying to figure out what to do next with all of those wires.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

My Long Process of Design

These first 2 pictures are the final design that I have decided to have join my earring sellers.  Below, I have written about this long and frustrating process.  In short, I wanted to design an earring with a bead shape that wasn't already part of my current inventory.  It should be affordable to make and sell, relatively quick and easy to completed and of course a design that I like and that my customers like. Now it's up to my customers to let me know what they think.

You might notice that I've discovered a feature in my photo-editor software that makes combo pictures, but that's not what this blog is about.

I got the idea to run the wire up on a curve along the side of the bead.  During the process I kept getting more ideas for tweaking.  It was a longer than planned process and quite frankly I was getting bored, but I so wanted to come up with another earring design.  You will notice that this design is a twist on the orange earrings I created in the past few weeks for pumpkin season.

My day started with 5 pairs of Crazy Lace agate ovals with a goal to make an earring that I love, that my customers will love at a $22 price.  During the process I changed the gauge of wire, the type of compliment crystals, whether to swirl or not to swirl.  The following individual pictures have my feeling and critiquing of each style.

I made a mistake on this pair and cut the wire on the top hanging wrap, so there isn't a tiny spiral. This design or color combo just doesn't sit well with me.  Maybe, it just needs a different, more contrasting color.

This pair has the tiny spiral at the very top. I used 20 gauge wire and the entire top felt unstable.  I either need to go with a heavier gauge or a shorter top.  I'm not happy with the strength of the wire.

This pair is made with 18 gauge wire to give it some strength and I've enlarged, as well as simplified the bail area.  I like this pair the least.  The crystals would not fit on this heavier gauge wire, so they needed to be laced onto it. I think the longer coiling on each end of the 3 crystals is too long and takes away from the design..  Also, I made a mistake and cut the central spiral wire too short and that resulted in a wimpy spiral.  


This is looking better, but I'm still not sold.  This pair has less coil on the crystal wire, but I think it's still too much and takes the earring out of balance.  I'll try making these again with only 3 wraps on each side of the crystal section.  This would be the overall easiest design, if I like it.

This pair is made with 20 gauge and is almost the winner.  I want to simplify the bail with no tiny spiral at the top and enlarge the bail loop.  With a simple bail I believe the 20 gauge will be stable, However my final design has been made with 18 gauge.  I like the heavier wire in appearance. 

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Remake of an Old Design

These earrings are a remake of a design from several years ago.  I didn't write the instructions down, at that time (dah!), so I had to take the time to figure things out.  This time I'm writing notes.  The difference in past and now, (I think) is, now I'm using a heavier gauge wire and added a Swarovski crystal to the end.  In the future I think I'd like to add another crystal to the earwire to add more bling and some added balance.  These are at Carolina Mountain Guild, in Henderson, VC item EJ52 $26 about 2 3/4"L x 3/4"W.

Once again, I want to thank you for visiting my blog.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Non-Planned Woven Pendant

There is no such thing as an instant jewelry, but this pendant just came together.  I realized that I needed to have a pendant to take to the Guild tomorrow.  I went to my box of 'not done yet' and found a piece of weave that I had made and put aside.  There in the box was a purple agate bead.  I don't think they were planned for each other, since the weave was too long, but I used the extra weave in that curl at the bottom.  I was happy when it worked.  Then I used the extra bare wire for some side curls.  I added a bit more weave for the bail and neck area.  I'm happy that my 'non-planning' worked out.  This pendant is larger than my typical pendants, at 2 1/2" L x 1 3/4" W item PJ34 $48.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Trinity Of Spirals

It's such a gift to wake up in the morning with a jewelry design in my head. I wish it were always this way. These earrings are what I created from my early morning idea.  There are 3 spirals, all with different gauges of wire and lengths,. I like them, but as I edited the pictures I have again come up with a 'tweak' to this design. Next time I will use twisted wire on one of the spirals. Most likely the back larger spiral, but maybe the front smaller spiral. I'll make both designs and see which one I like the most. In the meantime they are going to the Guild in Hendersonville, NC and see how the public responds. They are 1 3/4" L x 3/4" W for $26 item # EJ48.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Spring Time in the Fall

People love the 'Tree of Life' pendant. I'm not alone when it comes to making them. I think, at least for myself, I make them, as much for myself, as I do for those who buy them. But, this pink "Cherry Blossom" tree may have some folks scratching their heads and wondering 'Why is Linda making a spring time tree, when it's clearly fall?" Well, what can I say, but I was in a pink mood.. I pulled out my chips that I used for this design and I just had to work with pink.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Amber Leafy Necklace Found

Oh so perfect timing!  I recently mentioned that I found a lot of packed away jewelry, from my move last March.  Here's another leafy necklace that is just perfect for this time of the year.  It's now on display at the Guild for $49 (normally $89, but I gotta sell all of these treasures I just found.)

Pretty amber colored and iridescent leaves, with tiny blue crystals that form flowers (they might be Swarovski, but I made this last year, so I really don't remember) and small seed beads for buds of future flowers.  I whacked, err forged, the heck out'a some wire for the clasp.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Lost and Found Jewelry

Look what I found in my stash!  When I moved last March I packed up my completed projects.  I just rediscovered so many items.  It's so much fun to find things that were frgotten.  This neclace is going with me tomorrow to the Guild to be displayed for adoption.  18" length, adjustable to 22" for $49.  I wrapped it around my wrist and it makes a fun bracelet.

The second picture is the one I took to post on Facebook, but just had to give it an actual beauty shot in the first picture in this post.

Crack the whip!  I gotta' get back to work!  Thank you for visiting.  Have a joy filled and creative day!

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Cluster Bling Earrings

I am not a photographer!!!  I had a lot of fun making crystal cluster earrings, in fuschia, blue and purple. But, taking their picture was a challenge and the final results are only good enough for my inventory/history and then I thought I'd blog them.. This pair is the best camera shot and it's not to my liking, but you can get a reasonable idea of the final earrings. They are now in my new art cooperative, the Carolina Mountain Artist Guild. 1 1/2" L x 5/8"W Swarovski crystals for $32.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Orange Chaos Curls for Fall

Happy Fall!  Orange Howlite with Swarovski accent crystals seem perfect for this day. I absolutely love the swirls which are inspired from the chaos curls technique and some experimentation. I'm going to make more of these in different gemstones. I'll be sending these to The Firehouse Gallery.  They are about 1 1/4" L x 1/2" W and list for $22.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

It's Leaf Peeper Season in the Mountains of Asheville, NC

It's leaf peeper season. A time when the leaves here in the mountains of Asheville, NC turn into true works of art by Mother Nature and that means there are lots of visitors coming to see the beauty, which is a busy time for me for making my annual forest of pendants.  This Tree of Life will be in my new art cooperative, Carolina Mountain Artist Guild.  It comes with a 24" copper chain, that I forgot to add while taking this picture.  It's about 1 3/4" in diameter and is listed for $42.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tulip Earrings for the Old Jail Gift Shop

I'm working on an order for the Old Jail gift shop. These are my favorite earrings, so far. They are also the most time consuming. I've made them before, but this time I got smart and wrote the instructions, just in case (hopefully) they sell quickly and I need to make more. They are 2 1/2" L x 1/2" W for $34.

Have a joy filled and creative day, Thank you for visiting,

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Wire Weave Pendant with Various Wire Gauges

This pendant was created with 18 gauge core wires and 26 gauge weaving wire. The bends in the 2 lower bare wires, inside the teardrop, are accidents.  I bent one wire in error.  Since I couldn't get the kink out of the wire I decided to bend the second to compliment.

This pendant was made according to the tutorial with 20 gauge core wires and 28 gauge weaving wire.  It is more delicate and seemed to want to loose it's shape easier than when I used the heavier gauge wires.

The final pendant was made with 18 gauge core wires and 28 gauge weaving wire.  This is my favorite.  I love the look, plus the 18 gauge helps the pendant to be stable.  I love using 28 gauge for the weaving.  It takes more time because it needs more wraps, but the smaller weaving wire has a prettier appearance.

I decided to experiment with the wire gauges in this design. At first I followed the exact directions that are in the pendant tutorial written by Cheryl St. Pierre.  (The link to her shop is listed below the pictures.  She is very talented and writes very clear tutorials.)  Then I did 2 slight variations.  All 3 pendants have blue crazy lace agate as their focal stones.

I can see all of my imperfections, but I am still in the learning stage of wire weave.  I'm having a learning curve with the tension that needs to be allowed with moving and placing the wire. Plus, I've had some challenges with keeping the smaller weaving wire straight up and down.  I have a tendency to lay the weaving wire down on a slight angle.  Some people have told me that they don't see the angle, while others simply say it looks correct.  But, my eyes can see the tiny angle.  I'm hoping with time and more practice to perfect the weave.  Only time will give me the answer and hopefully positive results.

You can find Cheryl St. Pierre's tutorial in her on line shop, if you want to learn how to make this pendant.  Here's the link https://www.etsy.com/shop/majesticwireartworks

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Earrings for Nina

This picture could be better.
I'm still trying to find the best place to take photos here in my new home.

I'm sorry for the delay in writing.  I've been in the middle of moving 450 miles to Asheville, NC.  I'm thrilled to be here and I promise I will write more about my recent adventure in the near future.

In the meantime, I thought I'd show you my latest earrings.  A very good friend, Nina, wanted my tulip pendant.  The story became involved, because I had listed it in a shop, so I had to order supplies and remake one for her.  When I saw these small tulip caps that matched the larger version I just couldn't resist making these earrings.and included them in her mail, as a surprise.  I was thrilled to hear that they put a smile on her face and some bling on her ears.

Here's the pendant.  I think you have already seen this in an earlier post.

Have a wonderful creative and joy filled day.  And, thank you for visiting me here on my blog.



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