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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

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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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.

Have a joy filled and creative day!

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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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