Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Interchangeable Pendants/Necklaces

Remember this post?  Well, I now have a bunch of these interchangeable thingies listed in my etsy shop.  This basic listing is for the bail and 2 types of necklaces: sterling snake chain and black leather.  Here, it is shown with the snake chain.  The black leather lends a much more casual look.

I have also listed a bunch of pendants/drops/dangles -- can't really decide what to call these things in a new section of my shop, called Interchangeable Pendants.

If you have a moment, please take a look at a few of these listings and let me know if they are worded clearly.  I want to make sure that shoppers understand that the pendant listings are for the pendant ONLY and that the bail/chain/leather are listed separately.

Thanks for your help!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Trio of Socks

Yes, I know that socks are normally found in pairs.  But what's a girl to do when she finds herself with too much yarn for 2 socks, yet not enough for 4?  Why, knit 3, of course!  That one on the far left looks very different than the other 2, but I don't care.

This yarn was wonderful to work with.  It is 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon.  I purchased it in a small yarn shop in Prescott, AZ a year ago.  See, I do shop for things that are not jewelry or bead related!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A New Bangle Bracelet ... A Gift for Me

Those of you who are regular readers, know that I am very good to myself.  I buy a fair amount of presents for myself, from pottery to art to jewelry.  Lots of jewelry.

This year in Tucson, I couldn't resist this amazing bangle from Andrea Guarino.  You may know her as an amazing lampwoker (yes, I have one of her big, red beads), but you may not know that her metalsmithing skills and eye for design are unmatched.

Trust me, you would have bought one for yourself too.  The patina she was able to achieve on the inner curl of this bracelet is a magnificent indigo blue with hints of purple.  Stunning!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Lampwork Obsession

Yes, my obsession with lampwork glass beads has abated over the past few years, but I still cannot resist when I see something super special.  Something I have not seen before.  Something outside my color comfort zone. 

Against my better judgment, I went to the Best Bead Show while in Tucson.  The reason this is problematic is that I know I will not look at gemstones there -- it's not the show to go to for gems.  The primary reason to go to that show is for the lampwork.  Like I need more lampwork to ogle.  You see, I rarely use lampwork beads in my jewelry because I can't seem to part with those lovelies.  Most of them become part of my private collection.  And I admit that I love having them in my studio. They make me smile. They make me happy.

I defy you to say this bead does not make you happy:

Yes, it's really, really long:

I don't even know how I would use it in a finished piece if I wanted to!  But not to worry -- the rest of it's life is dedicated to making me smile.

The artist is Dvora Silberman.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Tucson Gem Purchases

I had a wonderful time shopping for gems at the Tucson shows this year.  I found myself being more selective, which resulted in higher quality gemstones. I also managed to spend a lot less money than usual.  This is a very good thing!

Apparently, I was on a lapis kick during this trip.  Here are: teardrops, cushion cut briolettes, rondelles, pear briolettes.  Actually, if I had to summarize my purchases in one word, it would be BLUE.  Sure, I bought other colors as well, but blue was predominant.

Above are blue chalcedony, aqua chalcedony, Swiss blue topaz and kyanite.  See what I mean about the blue-ness of my trip?

Gorgeous turquoise teardrops (the vendor, Mike -- yes, we are on a first name basis after 10 years! -- told me that David Yurman bought these same turquoise stones.  I'm in very good company indeed!), green chalcedony, chrome diopside, smooth kyanite.

Amethyst (can't resist a gorgeous cut like these long faceted teardrop briolettes), green onyx rondelles, super smooth black spinel, garnets.

Sapphire rondelles, honey quartz, labradorite flat nuggets, olive green quartz.

Now I need to get busy creating more jewelry.  These stones will provide the inspiration and Rio Grande will provide the wire and findings!