Wednesday, March 25, 2009

chinese trinkets

Here's a charm bracelet with a definite style. Every piece seems like an artifact that was once buried beneath some old village on the east side of the planet. Brass chinese coins, aventurine stone hearts and white capiz shells that look like silver moons hang on a silver metal chain. The difference between the two is only the clasp. The bracelet pictured on top is the one for sale.

shopping makes me so happy!

Just put a new order in (...yesss!) only a couple of days and I can start chiseling out cute little metal things! I had a good day at work so I thought I'd treat myself. Good thing too, I can now make my own earwires. it all looks pretty easy to do, I'll have a fun time figuring out all my gadgets and stuff.

Oh, just so this wasn't a pointless post, here's a few cute things I've made. hope you like...

This is a small necklace, kinda like a choker. Large lampwork glass beads wrapped in wire are strung along a small chain.

This is a funny looking necklace. Im still not sure what to think of it. I guess the fact its so intriguing adds to its charm. Large lampwork glass beads -that I picked individually at the bead store- are strung with yellow, blue and shiny metal beads. Its a whimsical circus!

Yum! a Key Lime bracelet!
Peridot green glass beads and silver twisty rings are shiny and cute. This bracelet catches amazing light.

This one is one of my favorites. Its a metal chain with a navy blue ribbon hand woven through each loop. To tie around your neck you simply tie the ribbon ends into a bow. Its pretty delicate but I dipped the ends of the ribbon with stuff to resist fringing and I secured the chain. Theres a cute leaf bail that holds a pretty blue glass bead.

Monday, March 23, 2009


I just finished this one today. I really didn't have anything in mind, I kinda threw colors together and it worked well. I chose to name this the Eve necklace. The colors throughout this piece give off a mystical, but natural aura. There are many elements to this necklace. First, it is a double stranded piece. Two pewter links connect the chains. One strand is designed with natural pearls, crystals and metal dragonflies. Above that hangs the second strand, which is a metal chain with gray glass bell flowers and crystals that hang at either side. Two huge blue crystals are at either end also, and the necklace is secured with a beautiful pewter apple clasp (i love this toggle clasp!). I like to think the green pearls and blue crystals symbolize the lush forests and deep seas of the planet, and the shiny metals add a sense of magic, or fascination, that ties it all together.

Friday, March 20, 2009

spring equinox

Here is a sampler of some earrings that have been hanging around my craft table for weeks now. Ive been disappointingly too lazy to take photos and post them, lol. ACTUALLY, I've been wanting to take these, and all my other pieces, to Leu Gardens which is right down the street from me in winter park. Its a huge park of trails and trees. Its the first day of spring today, the place must be blooming with colors! The last time we visited it was in october and there was not much popping. early monday is the best time to go, its free to stroll around before 9am :P
These earrings above are simple and cute. Chips of quartz are stacked under one round porcelain bead. Each bead has a hand painted flower on it, all on a copper earwire. $6
(click on the photo for a VERY LARGE look at my beauties)

These light earrings are made of copper wire with simply two amethyst round gems. I love these, I think they're really cute. I made them in 5 minutes before going to dinner when I realized I didn't have a pair of earrings to wear with my new black dress! They actually worked great with many other outfits. They have a sweet princess style, or something Juliet of italy would have worn. $6

These are a unique pair of danglers. I didn't really have anything in mind when I designed these but I liked the direction it took. The round bead is a pearly looking shell with a pink glass cube spinning in the center. The link is copper wire that I hand-formed. It's adorned with sparkly, dancing blue crystals. $7

These cute earrings have sparkle, shimmer, and
dangle-ly things that make earrings so much fun to wear! I used the same porcelain bead as the earrings above, large blue crystals and small indigo crystals that twinkle all over as they hang down. Whimsical swirly metal bead caps top the big crystals. This design hangs from sterling silver earwires.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

ki'imak okox

... translates to happy mushroom, from the cakchiquel language of the Maya.
which is what this necklace has, a happy little shroom!
The Maya used mushrooms indigenous to thier land for spiritual experiences.
I found the simplicity of one small mushroom makes for something interesting to talk about.
You could wear it around your neck with anything.
It even has spots, what a cute little mushroom.

I'm thinking of doing the same design with leather string (imitation, of course!) instead of sterling silver chain, for a more natural-looking style. I have shroom beads in other colors, too.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

happiness in a bottle

These bottle-cap earrings are too cute! I made these danglers out of authentic brews, happily finished off by my boyfriend and I, maybe during a nascar race. You can even see the crease in the middle, although we tried very hard not to ruin them. These two bottle-caps have an adorable design that I thought would look cute as hell hanging from my little ears. Plus, I love newcastle, it's practically the only beer I drink!
The other pair is made from the tops of an organic raspberry beer, black dog ale.
They hang from sterling silver plated earwires. I used crystals in these earrings to add a matching sparkle.

I think they are perfect for nights out to the bar. or even for work if you work at a place that serves beer. If there is a favorite drink you want to represent, let me know and I can make some custom earrings for you. Chris and I would have no problem collecting the materials :]