Saturday, February 23, 2013

Crazy Coiling Class

Last Saturday I spent six hours at the ArtCenter Manatee in Manatee County Florida with 9 other jewelry makers taking a workshop wire coiling and making a Crazy Coil Bracelet.

Our teacher was the talented Stacy Perry of Hodgepodgerie and it was a great class.  We spent the day learning to use an electric drill to coil wire at lightening speed, manipulating wire every which way, add in some jump rings till it all came together this way...

This was the first time I made my own toggle and bar, and that was an added bonus.
I love it. What about you?
Stacy has some great tutorials on her website, including supplies, and tons of information on metal and wire jewelry making. She also has an Etsy shop with a nice sample of goodies.

Today I attended another workshop on forging metal, but more about that in another post.

Monday, February 18, 2013

A Gorgeous Giveaway!

Lesley of Thea too is celebrating her one year anniversary with one gorgeous giveaway of her amazingly gorgeous charms and components. Look at them, they are lip smacking, finger licking gorgeous! I purchased some of her charms from her Etsy shop for earrings for entries to the AJE challenge, have not use them yet...but I want more...

Gorgeous Giveaway from Thea too!

Happy Anniversary Lesley, wishing you many more successful years delighting us beaders!

Hop on over and enter to win!
Good luck!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Week 3 - AJE Earrings Challenge

Week 3 of the AJE Earrings Challange being the week of Valentine's Day, my theme was hearts and earrings featuring handmade hearts by two very talented artisans.

Bronze heart charms by Candice Wakumoto (purchased from Andrew Thorton's shop)
Lapis Lazuli coins
Golden pyrite rondelles
Earwires by Mishel Designs

 Sterling Silver Lone Star heart charms by Cathy Dailey
Sponge Coral nuggets
Sterling Silver earwires

Make sure you stop by and check out all the other earrings made with very creative AJEs on Pinterest.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Hello Spring 2013... Stringing, that is!

I know the North East is blanketed in snow and I hear there is another storm on the way... I hope everyone stays safe and makes the best of Mother Nature's winter visits. But take heed, spring is around the corner...

For me, Jewelry Stringing Spring 2013 arrived in my mail box yesterday and I can now reveal that two of my bracelets were selected to be featured as part of their Bracelet Designs on page 24 and 25.

I am thrilled!

Carved Nephrite beads, 
Vintage brass beads, 
Red Botswana Agate, 
Red Tibetan beads, 
Brass Toggle and spacer beads.

Magnesite Butterfly and Melon bead,
Czech pressed glass flowers, 
Czech fire polished rounds,
Copper chain, ring and trigger clasp.

Wishing you all a Happy Spring!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Calling all Necks!

Did I get your attention? Good.

I am having a sale at Sundancegems during the month of February to find necks for my neck less necklaces!
I have been often asked about the name of my shop, it is named after the subdivision I live in, what can I say? I had to think up a name real fast when I was setting up my site. It has nothing to do with the other more famous website known by a similar name. Now back to the business at hand...

All neck less necklaces (some include ear less earrings in the set) will be discounted 15% less than the regular price. Please check it out... thank you.

Tibetan Conch beads and Red Coral

Turquoise and Wood Jasper

Have a great week!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Week 2 - AJE Earrings Challenge

This was a very busy two weeks for me being the end on the month at the bank when work gets crazy. I have also been fighting off some sort of runny nose, sneezing and teary eyed bug. It was nice staying around the house today doing not much of anything but checking out the glorious earrings made by others taking part in the AJE challenge.

My week 2 contributions were two pairs, take a look...

This pair uses a pair of lovely long leaves made by Kristi Bowman,
with carved red Coral flowers and Swarovski cooper crystal elements. All dangling from hypoallergenic Niobium ear wires.

The second pair was one I made some time ago using a pair of blue enamelled butterflies made by Anne of Gardanne Beads.  This pair was inspired by the kinetic sculptures of Alexander Calder.

Don't forget to check out the other creative earrings using Art Jewelry Elements at Pinterest.

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