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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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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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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!

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.”

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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!

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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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Multi-Strand Chain and Bead Necklace – How Did You Make This? | Luxe DIY

I found this great tutorial on making a multi-strand necklace and how to get those sometimes pesky lengths just right!   The author of this great tutorial, Kris, on the How Did You Make This Blog — Luxe DIY, explains how she uses a bowl to get the lengths just right and provides a list of supplies needed.  Below are some photos from her post and a link to the post itself.

Multi-Strand Chain And Bead Necklace

Kris shows the step by step process and I think it is done very well!  Here is a list of supplies that she recommends.

Supplies:
– crystal beads – I’m using 5 styles of Czech polished crystals with a green iridescent finish
– chain
– beading wire
jump rings
– clasp
– needle nose pliers
– round nose pliers
wire cutters
– flexible tape measure
– mixing bowl or other cylinder that’s the same circumference as your shortest strand (more info below)

Multi-Strand Chain And Bead Necklace

Here is the link http://howdidyoumakethis.com/multi-strand-chain-and-bead-necklace/#more-13051 .

This would make a great necklace for an evening party, holiday party, or just anytime you want a little sparkle in your life!  You can even choose to use different beads and metal chains to create different looks… go ahead tap into the creative you.   It is so much fun!

Have a great day creating something beautiful!

Cherie

 


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My Favorite Color — Turquoise!

This is the definition according to Wikipedia…

Turquoise is the name of a bluish-green color, based on the gem of the same name. The word turquoise comes from the French for Turkish, as the gem was originally imported from Turkey.  The first recorded use of turquoise as a color name was in English in 1573.

Now with the history lesson behind us, my love of this color lead to me collecting turquoise jewelry in the Southwest style at early age.  I love the pairing of sterling silver and turquoise.  My choice is the more bluish turquoise as opposed to the green colored.

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When I make jewelry I find that I tend to use turquoise and blue/green colors in many of my designs.  Although, I like other colors and try to add various color combinations to my designs I seem to always come back to the blues.  

turquoise palette

Turquoise

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Here is one of my recent bracelet/earrings sets where I used magnesite stone beads in turquoise blue and accented them with silver twisted rings and Czech fire polish rondelle beads that have a touch of red .  The question could be asked “why use magnesite instead of real turquoise?”  Cost is one reason especially if you are just getting started in the jewelry making business.  Or in my case, getting back into the business and replenishing my lost bead/gemstone stock.  Of course, in the future I will be buying some turquoise and creating some pieces with it.  Using more expensive items such as sterling silver vs. silver plate and turquoise vs. magnesite will affect prices and the audience I am hoping to reach.  

My next learning experience in my jewelry making career is to start taking classes in silversmithing.  I want to create my own pieces from the “ground up” and watch as they bloom in my hands into the designs I have envisioned in my head.  I love rings and hope to be able to make some beautiful rings for customers.

silver bohemian cuff bracelets with turquoise gemstones

Finally, I simply thought I would write a  post with a lot of pretty photos for your viewing pleasure about the color that inspires me!  

Have fun creating and explore the world around you!

Cherie 


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Spotlight on a Handmade Artisan!

I was reading my Google feed and came across this wonderful jewelry artisan who lives in Athens, Greece.  I have stated before that I like to spotlight other handmade artisans just for the joy of spreading the word about beautiful handcrafted art.

His name is Dimitris Tz of Rthens Handmade Jewellery.  The work he does is something I dream of doing someday.  His tagline line says that he works on gold and silver jewelry.  That is a very humble tagline compared to his work!  He handcrafts his gold and silver pieces into works of art.  I would like to share a few of his pieces with you.  Again, I do not know Dimitris personally but find his work very creative and beautiful.  I hope you do too!

I hope I have done Dimitris’ work justice, check out his  blog for more information on his pieces and the artist himself!
Cherie