Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Last Week's Roundup

Here are two new necklaces available now...

World Traveler I - Sold

I've named this necklace World Traveler I because it reminds me of something someone might put together after a trip to India and Western or Northern Africa, perhaps. It represents a mix of cultures with its Banjara tribal coin pendant (dated 1974) and rust-colored carved horn beads (that bring West Africa to mind).

Rich red and warm gold wood beads balance the composition and earthy, turquoise and brown ceramic beads break up the red tones in the piece. This necklace would be lovely on someone with a warm or neutral complexion, and would be a striking piece on someone with pink or cool undertones.

To keep the necklace light, yet still make a dramatic statement, the top half is antiqued brass chain. I've added a brass clasp I hand formed and hammered and a tiny white-banded red agate to finish off the chain. The necklace is 18 1/2" (47cm) long including the clasp. The large bone beads are 3/4" (20mm) diameter and the coin pendant is just under an inch in diameter (24mm).

See the pictures for close-ups of both sides of the coin and the clasp.

  The Banjara are nomadic tribal peoples of India (sometimes called the gypsies of India). You can read more about them and their culture on Wikipedia or many other sources.

 Azure - $50.00 

 I love this necklace! Each one of dark blue druzy agate stones are a work of art. The labradorite tubes are framed between tiny mustard-hued delica seed beads; these along with the hammered solid copper chain and add a complimentary color note to the composition.

The copper chain is continuous (~14in/35.5cm) and the asymmetrical clasp adds interest. I hand formed and hammered the copper clasp especially for this design. Another touch of color is found in the aquamarine silkon cording the stones are strung on. This cord is strong and I've reinforced the knots with jeweler's glue.

The copper will take on a natural patina, or you can polish it with a gentle cloth. The chain has a slight patina already, so if you want the color to be more penny-like, you can polish it up (or ask me to do this before I ship it to you.)

The necklace is 19 3/8" (49cm) total. The blue druzy stones are 9/16" (14mm) in diameter. The labradorite dangles are 5/8" (16mm) long.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

News and New for Summer 2014!

Hi everyone,

It's been a while since I've posted, but I've had a creative couple of weeks (in the midst of teaching a summer composition class five days a week!).

This spurt of creativity has been brewing for a while. Even though I haven't been actively creating and listing items in my Etsy shop, I'm always picking up materials and making notes for designs. The key is finding the time, and because I wear many hats, I have to make time. And I'm learning that making time for what I love (feeding my creative heart) is very important.

Intention I
Okay, back to the story. This spurt of creativity has been brewing and exploded into four new pieces (and one is nearly complete) due to a customer query.  A customer from Spain messaged me about a few of my pieces (Intention I, O'Keeffe I, and Desert Fire) and wanted to know about shipping terms and my general suggestions about what would suit her best based on her preferences and coloration.

O'Keeffe I

Desert Fire
Well, we messaged back and forth for days. The time change and my daily teaching schedule (coupled with her own busy schedule) made the process take longer than average. Yet, I wanted to make her happy. I wanted her to have the perfect piece.

 So, last Friday, I'd been thinking about her favorite colors, her preferred length, and what she'd told me about her complexion and coloring. Then, I got to work and Florencia en Verano (named for my lovely customer) was born.
In morning light
These colors are so lovely!
The next morning, she sent me pictures of herself and told me she'd settled on Intention I if I could change of clasp color to silver. Of course I would, I answered, but then I told her about my mad night-into-morning of design and creation, sent her pictures of the necklace I'd just completed with her in mind, and hoped that she would love it.

She did.

Florencia en Verano
Detail of rare yellow Czech disc African trade beads

Detail of the carnelian stones framed by coral

Detail of coral, Mykonos silver-finished ceramic beads, and Amazonite

And then she asked me to make a pair of earrings to compliment her overall style. So, I promised to make her two pairs and let her decide to take one or both. Thus, the Cherimoya and Watermelon earrings entered the world. She chose the Cherimoya pair, as I had a feeling she would, and now I'm waiting to hear of the necklace and earrings' arrival in Spain. I hope she loves it all even more in person.

 So, both the Cherimoya and Watermelon earrings are limited edition and are available. Florencia en Verano is one-of-a-kind, but I can always make similar pieces based on my available materials. I'm also open to creating commissioned pieces with materials of your choice (just tell me what you'd like, and if I don't have it, I'll buy it and we can negotiate a budget).

Now I'd like to share Farmers' Market I and a preview of another necklace on its way...
Farmers' Market I: Yellow Agate, White Magnesite, Frosted Fire Agate, Teal and Gold Wood
On the way: A necklace featuring a 1974 Indian Coin from the Kuchi Tribespeople
And, here's a custom piece I made for a customer last April featuring pink and green agate and jade and radraksha seeds.
Featuring some of my favorite faceted pink agate.

The radraksha seeds are often used in Buddhist prayer beads.

Thank you all for reading and following my journey in jewelry making!