ACCESSOIRE

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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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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.”

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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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