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My New Favorite Ring by Accessoire Jewelry!!



When I saw these perfectly round wooden beads I wanted them immediately.  There is really nothing unusual about them except that I loved them and knew I that was going to go a different direction with them.  I was not going to use them to make earrings, bracelets or necklaces.  At least at first!!

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

Modern Wood Circle Ring by Accessoire Jewelry

I began by using some recycled flat matte metal circles I had from some old pieces of jewelry that I had ripped apart and glued them to the wood.  I then used my straight ear pins to plug the holes on the sides and glued them in so there were little silver circles on the sides.  You can’t see them in the photo.

Using silver German square wire,  I fashioned my ring base and used a super sturdy jewelry glue and adhered the silver base to the wood.  I used a tape/mesh and glue to further anchor the metal to the wood.  I can attest to the fact that this ring is quite sturdy, that is if one is careful to keep the ring from being smashed in a door (yes, I did that!).  I usually test a new design for a while before I offer it in my online shop! And when I say test I mean that I am quite clumsy and forgetful, so I will often make a copy of one of my new designs and wear it to test the glue, connections, ease of wear, and response of others and my feel for the design.  Most pass my test, some don’t and end up back in the “redesign” pile!!

… the “try again” pile!!

And sometimes I end up really loving a design and wear it and love it to bits. I have already sold some of these rings.  We all know what it is like to sell our jewelry right off our body to people who love a design.  It is humbling and I am always so thankful that someone actually likes my stuff! I am so happy to be doing what I love everyday.

If you click on the photo it will take you directly to the listing in my shop!

I hope you have a wonderful week filled with peace and much creativity!

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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.

Accessoire on Etsy (SOLD)

**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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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.

tools for jewelrymaking

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

jump ring size maker

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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PaperMelon — Eco-Friendly Paper and Cardboard Jewelry! (Handmade Artisan Spotlight)

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Fern necklace - 1st anniversary gift - Big necklace - Chunky necklace - Green necklace - Woodland jewelry - Paper necklace - Eco jewelry

The Fern Necklace

 The artisan who makes these wonderful creations is Devi Chand and she lives in Chennai, India.  Devi graduated in Accessory Design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology.  She has a beautiful shop on Etsy called

Here is the link:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperMelon.

Her paper jewelry is amazing and as she states, ” I love to convert everyday materials to wearable pieces of art.”  How great is that to take what other people would toss out and make into something so beautiful.  Not only is it beautiful but it makes a statement that says “I care about the environment.”

Earth Day 2012 PowerPoint Background Free Download 1

Thanks to http://ppt-bird.blogspot.com/ who made this clip art available for free!

I have always loved paper beads and have used them in some of my jewelry designs.  She inspires me to want to get back to using more recycled items in my jewelry.  I have always tried to be environmentally conscious when designing a piece.  Many times when I visit an antique or vintage store I will find pieces of old jewelry that I can use in my current designs.

 Here are a few more of her pieces for your viewing pleasure!!!!!!   Also, please remember her for holiday gift giving or maybe your first anniversary is coming up.  As she points out in her shop introduction, paper symbolizes the first wedding anniversary.

Cherry Blossom NecklaceCherry Blossom Necklace

Manjadikuru Ring

❤ This ring is a favorite of mine ❤

 

Rustic Treasure earrings - Paper jewelry - Tribal Jewelry - Paper Earrings - First anniversary gift - Earthy Jewelry - Indian JewelryRustic Treasure Earrings – Tribal Jewelry

Dazzling Love Earrings - Christmas gift - Dangle earrings - Party jewelry - Romantic jewelry - Beaded earrings - One year anniversary giftDazzling ❤ Love ❤ Earrings

Her attention to detail and love of color can be seen in this pair of colorful earrings!

Fern bracelet - Woodland jewelryFern Bracelet – Woodland Jewelry

Most of her pieces and are listed in the description, so that you can just click on the link and find them easily.  PaperMelon is very bright and easy to navigate and all of Devi’s items arrive in beautiful handcrafted gift boxes.

Please Note:  All of the designs from PaperMelon are protected using a moisture-resistant sealant which allows the jewelry to be splash and moisture proof.  However, it is advisable to always remove your jewelry during water-related activities. 

To read and see her design process just visit her page at http://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperMelon/about?ref=l2-more-about.

Please remember to support handmade artisans this holiday season!

Have fun creating and spending time with those you love

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Just Joined Amazine!

I love creating… no lie!  Whether it is with my hands, computer, mind, writing, etc.  I have a busy mind and I love all the ways that I can find to throw out all the wonderfully talented artisans and people I find daily.  I just found a new outlet – Amazine!

Here is a link to my tiny portion of this great site!  Check it out as I am sure you will have much fun creating your own “magazine”!  http://www.amazine.com/user/Accessoire

This was one of the stories that I clipped and added to my magazine!

I hope you find your creative center and find joy in the beauty others create with their hands and minds!

Cherie