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Quick Update!

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Here is one of my latest necklaces. I used a large carnelian and the red tassel. This pretty is listed in my Etsy shop. (photo: Cherie Klinger)

I have been busy lately with doctor appointments, physical therapy, cognitive therapy, etc.  But I have an exciting interview post that I will be writing this week.  It is with a very talented young couple in Los Angeles and I am excited to share their talents with you.

Thank you for your understanding as this has been difficult time as I recover from my accident in December.  It takes alot to just photograph, edit and list my jewelry in the Etsy and StoreEnvy shops.  I also remain active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

But never one to stay down long, but I tire very quickly and have to be careful with the amount of time I am on my electronics/computers/cell/kindle due to my brain injury.

Looking forward to writing this next post for you, until then…

Much Peace and Creativity!

 

 

 

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What’s New with Accessoire Jewelry

It has been some time since I offered an update about my shop, life, creative endeavors.  So if you don’t mind… I think it is about time.

First, I have been slowly recovering from my accident on ice in December.  My back is still painful and I have a wonderful thing called the H-Wave that is helping with the pain.  I do not take any pain meds. so this is a great alternative.  I am in Physical Therapy and attend three times a week.  My brain seemed to take quite beating when I whacked it three times on the ice that day in December.  I now have Post Concussive Syndrome which has resulted in some pretty irritating brain injury symptoms.  I go to Cognitive Therapy twice weekly.

Just writing this blog post is hard at times, but it is good for my brain but if you notice more typos and not the best sentence structure, well at least I have an excuse now!!!!!

In my Etsy shop things have been slow to get underway, but I remember way back when I had my first shop on Etsy, that it took me over a year to really get going and gain repeat customers and find a rhythm to my sales.  I am patient and realize that there are so many talented and beautiful jewelry artists to pick from that even I would have a hard time choosing which ones to buy from, in fact I am always hearting pieces that I want to buy from other people.  Kinda like when you cook for yourself and sometimes you just don’t want to eat your own cooking.  Afterall, it is nice to go out to someone else’s house to eat or to a nice restaurant.  Plus, I love to support my fellow artists and dig wearing their jewelry.

My other pursuit is metalsmithing, I don’t have much to update on this matter.  Except I am collecting tools, books, etc.  I really want to attend classes, but my injuries have left me unable to follow that goal at this time.  I need to concentrate on getting better first!

I have been writing articles on ©Medium.com and have a Collection, Can I Just Get My Damn Story Read!  The collection has my articles, but also stories submitted to me for inclusion in my collection. View profile at Medium.com  Follow the link to read my articles and some of the great stories on ©Medium and in the Collections.

Here are my newest jewelry designs! I love all types of jewelry from modern, boho chic, hippie, gypsy, southwestern, plain and simple and sweet.

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Making my jewelry is my therapy because I just play some music and begin to design and make and before long I am lost in the piece and my thoughts.

It has been a cold winter and long recovery.  But the sun is shining, I pray I get better each day.  I love making my jewelry and seeking refuge there in my thoughts.

Creativity is my hiding place and the place I go to find myself again.

I wish you all much peace and creativity this week!

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Shop Find of the Week

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I must have a slight obsession with England of late, because my next shop from hails from Great Britain.  As you may remember, my last shop was LeShopUK and is a British shop!!  

This week I have chosen a wonderful and whimsical shop, somethingtodo,  which is home is the wonderful and whimsical jewelry of Claire Lockwood.  Her jewelry is quirky, offbeat, original and certainly beautiful.  I love it!  I think her shop name is so quirky and original just like her jewelry and I guess that is one of the things that first drew me to her shop, then I read her shop introduction which plainly states, “something to do with your hands.”  Right there she had me and then I started to really study her pieces of jewelry, and the more I looked the more excited I became over her “masterpieces” of design.

She obviously has the “touch” and “eye” to put together pieces of jewelry that are interesting and not your average piece of jewelry that everyone else is wearing.  I like that about her designs.  She seems to have a boldness in her designs, a flair for the original, a fearlessness that I sometimes wish I had in my designs and so much appreciate.   Her style of design is so eclectic, drawing from a combination of different elements, textures, colours, styles.  I would wear any one of her pieces in a heartbeat!  In fact, her pieces are on my ever growing wish list of things!! 

According to her brief bio, she is a self-taught jewelry designer. She states that she makes her unique jewelry from “a wide array of materials, including handmade artisan beads and components, vintage pieces and found objects, semi-precious stones and gemstones, czech glass and other assorted lovelies.”  She also sells her handmade beads on Etsy.

But first I would like to show you a few of Claire’s beautiful creations…

This way - handmade earrings, beaded earrings, art bead earrings, arrow earrings

This way – handmade earrings, beaded earrings, art bead earrings, arrow earrings (photo via somethingtodo/Claire Lockwood)

 

Coaster - Handmade Beaded Necklace, Art Bead Necklace, Beach Necklace, Asymmetrical Necklace

Coaster – Handmade Beaded Necklace, Art Bead Necklace, Beach Necklace, Asymmetrical Necklace (photo via somethingtodo/Claire Lockwood)

 

Holding light - handmade bracelet, beaded bracelet, art bead bracelet, vintage bead bracelet

Holding light – handmade bracelet, beaded bracelet, art bead bracelet, vintage bead bracelet (photo via somethingtodo/Claire Lockwood)

 

As you can see, Clair is a very talented young woman with a natural gift for putting together designs that just draw the eye.  I encourage you to visit her shop and view all her designs.  You are in for quite a treat of eye candy.

Claire also mentioned her bead shop on Etsy, she has somethingtodobeads, here are some sweet little birds that are listed in her bead shop.  She made them by hand with polymer clay and then painted them with acrylics.

Handmade Bird Bead (1), Hand-painted bird bead, Polymer Clay Bird Bead, bird bead

Handmade Bird Bead (1), Hand-painted bird bead, Polymer Clay Bird Bead, bird bead (photo via somethingtodobeads/Claire Lockwood)

 

Please be sure to stop in to Claire’s shops and heart the items you love and let her know you love her items.

Links:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/somethingtodo

https://www.etsy.com/shop/somethingtodobeads

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Something-to-do-with-your-hands/146954858726274

On her Facebook you will find a lot of interesting designs and things, so please head over there to “like” her page and follow her designs!

As always, thank you for supporting handmade artisans!

Have a wonderful week of creating beauty.

 

 


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Changing Designs, Finding Inspiration, Staying True!

My own design aesthetic feels like it is evolving, I have always loved leather and can remember when I was a teen buying hand tooled leather bracelets. I am always intrigued with new ways to design jewelry and the interesting materials used in design.

I am the type of person that thrives on redecorating, rearranging furniture, clothes, the color of my hair, nails, etc. (although I have slowed down on the hair color)… and my family can tell you about my obsession with lamps.  I know that just changing out the lamps in a room can make me feel that the room has a fresh feel.  I guess I get bored easily and need the change and that can show through in my designs.  I am never quite happy making the same thing over and over again, it feels too much like a production line.

One design that I do tend to make over and over is my Gingko Leaf earrings, although right now I do not have any in my Etsy store.  I have to get going on making some more.  They have always been a very popular design of mine.

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**Here is one of my Gingko Leaf designs.**

 

Recently, I began to reevaluate my designs and ask myself “what designs do I like, what jewelry do I want to wear right now, and would I wear my own designs?” and in response I began to change my designs to reflect the answers that I found to my questions.

Here are a few of my new designs:

TierraCast® Antiqued Copper-plated Focal Plate with Leather Cord, Embellished Leather and Copper Bracelet, Adjustable

TierraCast® antiqued copper-plated “pewter” focal piece laced with the light brown leather. I have affixed the wood beads to the leather to keep them in the position you see them here. and then placed copper coil end caps and a copper lobster clasp. I made the chain extender so that you can adjust the size of your bracelet.

I used this patina verdigris filigree piece and bent and lightly sanded the finish to attain a soft color with copper showing through the finish. I then accented with a beautiful brown leather cord and copper elements.

Modern Wood Circle Ring, Sterling Silver and Wood Ring,Wood Sterling Minimalist Ring

I love the color of this round wood bead, I then added the small upcycled silver oval and made the ring base with sterling silver German square wire.

Leather Cord Choker, Leather and Beaded Choker Necklace, Beaded Necklace, Silver Plate, Handcrafted Hook and Eye Closure

I love brown leather cord and added small wood, glass, and silver plate beads and tiny silver tubes with the silver plated long tube bead as the focal point with a small silver heart charm. I handcrafted the hook and eye clasp with sterling silver German square silver.

I am acting as my jewelry model!

I used this flat cable 16k gold necklace and added the adjustable chain that adjusts necklace from a 16 inch necklace to an 18 inch necklace. I then made the gold bar focal piece with gold metal cubes and black iridescent glass pieces.

My dainty flat sterling silver chain and handmade sterling silver circle and bronze wire pendant with metal heart charm.

I just keep moving forward with my designs, always amazed by the wonderful handmade artisans that I find and get to know.  I would love to hear how your designs have changed through the years and what new skills you may have added and used in your designs?

Much Peace and Creativity!

 


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Please Meet Tiro Tiro — Deliciously Bold and Brilliant Jewelry

I recently found this wonderful artist on the IAMTHELAB blog.  I fell hopelessly in love with the jewelry that is bold, beautiful, and so reasonably priced.

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Teresa Robinson is the brains and designer begin Tiro Tiro and her biography is just as super cool as her shop!

Cast and hand forged bronze earrings with woven Irish linen and oxidized sterling silver ear wire.
Vea Earrings measure approximately 2 inches in diameter.*Made to order in her Portland studio.(photo via Tiro Tiro) 

Here is an example of the work she does in her Portland studio.  Please tell me that you wouldn’t just adore wearing these beauties.  They are hand forged bronze that are woven with Irish linen.  Surely, you won’t see this type of workmanship, quality materials, and artistic beauty in a department store.

Over on the IAMTHELAB’s blog, Brett has some beautiful photos from the Tiro Tiro collection.  Some of the following photos came from IAMTHELAB website and have been used according to the IAMTHELAB’s Blog Blitz rules. I am sharing these photos with the understanding that all credit is directed back to the wonderful Brett at IAMTHELAB and Tiro Tiro.

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I am a big fan of rings, especially odd shapeed rings that have a distinctly different shape. I love these rings from Teresa.  (photo via IAMTHELAB)

Ring cast in solid bronze.
**In fact, here is my favorite of Teresa’s rings!!**(photo via Tiro Tiro)

Of course, being someone who loves jewelry and making jewelry, I am especially intrigued with Teresa’s designs and her metalwork.  I hope to someday start metalsmithing and make some creations of my own. Meanwhile,to see the work of artists like Teresa is very inspiring, and to see the beautiful creations that she makes with various metals is absolutely inspiring.

I have always loved big hoop and dangle earrings.  The following earrings are an example of the type of drop earrings that I find so beautiful.   They are bold, brilliant, eccentric with an edge. Tiro Tiro is my kind of bold.

Hand carved and cast bronze earrings, oxidized sterling silver ear wire.
Earrings measure 2 by .6 inches. These earrings are made to order.(photo via Tiro Tiro)

 Bold & Brilliant: Handmade Jewelry from Tiro Tiro

As Brett pointed in the IAMTHELAB article, last year seemed to be about brass. Could this year be about bronze. Here is an example of bronze and a beautiful custom linen rope.(photo via IAMTHE LAB)

Teresa of Tiro Tiro fell in love with metalsmithing and lucky for us that she did!  She has had three successful jewelry lines (Smallthings in 2001, Stone & Honey in 2008 and Tiro Tiro in 2013). Teresa states in the Tiro Tiro “About” section that, “she lives in a little red house in Portland, Oregon with her dog, Marcelle, and shares the backyard with 4 precocious chickens.  Lucky doggie and chickens living with such a creative person!

Tiro Tiro has a  blog, find it here: http://tirotiro.com/blogs/news

Shop:  http://tirotiro.com/collections/all

Tiro Tiro can also be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.  Look for the link Icons on her shop page.

Check out this wonderful shop and enjoy some beautiful eye candy!  You will not regret the trip.  I know I have a wish list started.

Happy Creating Much Peace!

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Back to Basics

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When I started out making jewelry it was quite interesting.  One day I got in my car and went to the local craft store and bought all the wrong things! I came home and looked at the stuff I had bought and was confused! I wanted to cry because I didn’t know what do with any of it. The beads I bought were rolling off my kitchen table and just a piece of advice, never try to bend a ear wire with a scissors.

It was then that I turned to my trusty computer and the internet and began my research on what I needed to begin to make jewelry. ᕙ(`▽´)ᕗ  I began to understand that I needed a specific tool to open and close the loop holes on the ear wires and a specific tool would help me to bend the wire, it would actually help if I became acquainted with the industry terms used in jewelry making. 

Next, I detoured to my husband’s tool box, bad idea number one! They did not work out too well and my first pieces of jewelry were interesting to say the least!  I can honestly say that I was thrilled the first time that I made a pair of earrings!  And it was love at first sight!

A few sore fingers, lost beads, and bruised feelings later… I finally did the right thing and bought books, took online tutorials and picked the brains of people I met along the way. (✿◠‿◠) Very sweet and patient people.  I slowly began to practice my craft, and made many mistakes.  I can’t tell you how many spools of practice wire I have gone through to learn wire wrapping.  

I am sure as I learn metalsmith skills and lampworking, I will have even more mishaps, wrong turns, and funny stories to park in the back of my mind.  But they all will lead me to my goal of producing something I love!

Anyway,for those of you interested in this mysterious and ancient (just joking) art of jewelry making, I thought perhaps I would highlight some of the tools needed to begin on your journey.  Of course, it would be a good idea to do your research first and not to raid your husband’s tool box!

Oh yeah, stay away from the scissors too, your hands and fingers will thank me!

Here  basic tools, jump ring sizes  and wire gauge sizes.

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If I could offer one piece of advice… buy quality tools! They make a difference!

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Jump ring size and the gauge of wire you need to make the rings. Making your own rings is economical.

Jewelry Wire Gauge Chart

The gauge of wire and then there is also hardness to consider and what you are using the wire for.

 

Here is a great blog post from Dishfunctional Designs Blogspot on beginner jewelry making:

http://dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com/2013/10/essential-jewelry-making-tools-for.html

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Here are some of my own recommendations for beginning:

1.  Have an excellent light with magnifier. Like this:

2.  Make sure to have a large piece of felt padding to put your beads on, then they won’t spill all over the floor like mine did!  Do not put them on a hard surface where they can and will roll off the table.

Felt Beading Pad

3.  Work in a well ventilated and comfortable area.  This is especially important if you are going to be working with certain glues and other jewelry making products.  Especially if you are going use heavy glues, solder, and a pickle pot.

4.  Finally, play some good music!  Whatever gets your mind into that creative place!

Finally, have fun in whatever you do and I hope that if you are thinking about trying to make jewelry, that you don’t let that nag called, “doubt” stop you.  Do it for yourself!

Sometimes the most beautiful things come out of the messiest beginnings!

Have a great week creating something beautiful!

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