Posts Tagged ‘jewelry design’

Earrings Everyday – April Inspiration

April 18, 2014

Inspiration Photo

Long time no post, I know. Long time no new jewelry or components either, as I have been concentrating on improving my painting skills instead. However, I do have discovered a new… hobby? addiction? obsession? recently: paper beads. I finally got a nice varnish for the beads two days ago, so I can share my first pair of earrings, inspired by a post on Earrings Everyday. Wire flowers made by me as well, which is a first. Unfortunately the green colour of the beads paled a little under the glaze, I’ll have to find out if I can prevent that somehow… (and I’m not entirely happy with the photo either, those beads look so much better in reality!!)



Aqua Flower Necklace

October 18, 2012

I just realised that I still haven’t shown the result of last week’s Bead Table Wednesday – I don’t make that much jewelry at the moment, and I was away visiting my parents over the weekend… anyway, this is the necklace, and the final one of this batch of fimo (so now I finally have an excuse to start a new one):

And did I mention that this wallpaper is my new favourite photo background?

Memory Wire Bracelet

October 11, 2012

Here’s my first ever memory wire bracelet – isn’t it pretty? I like the look of it so much that I’d like to keep this one, but then I didn’t make it for keeping. I had planned for it to be one row longer originally, but I ran out of beads – those little jars they come in are cleverly cushioned so as to fill only half way – there’s less in them than you’d think 😦

I can’t afford to make the bracelets longer, or I’d have to use two jars of beads, and thus the price I’d have to ask for them would go up… But it’s long enough like this, so I can make more… I think I’ll stick with the star charms and not use hearts – after all, they are for christmas.

Bead Table Wednesday

October 10, 2012

I’s Bead Table Wednesday again! Finishing the matching necklace to yesterday’s earrings, and the rest is to become simple bracelets with memory wire and one of the little charms I used to make from my leftovers a while back. I wanted something that I can throw together pretty fast and easy, with materials that aren’t too expensive, because I’m thinking of attempting to sell a couple of little things at the local christmas market. People don’t have much money here, and they don’t value handmade particularly. I tried this a couple of years ago already, so I don’t really know why I bother – must be masochistic tendencies. I didn’t sell a single thing, and the conversations with potential customers weren’t exactly a boost to my self esteem either… a couple of examples for your entertainment:

Customer (looking at a necklace interestedly, then incredulous upon seeing the pricetag): “How much is this?”
Me (confused, thinking that maybe I dind’t write clearly enough): “Ten Euro.”
Customer (looking appalled): “I could get a real necklace for that!”
(turns her back on me and walks off without a goodbye)

Since she can’t have meant gold and jewels, I can only assume that a real necklace would be made by the thousands in a real factory by real underpaid chinese workmen… *rolleyes*

And another:

Customer (looking at a necklace, then at me interestedly): “You made this?”
Me: “Yes, I did.”
Customer (pointing out one of my art beads): “These look interesting, do you know what they are made of?”
Me: “Yes, actually, I made those myself, too.” (she looks impressed) “They are made of polymer clay…” (intentionally using a word she might not know rather than the brand name)
Customer: “Polywhat?”
Me (inner sigh): “Fimo.”
Customer: “Ah… yes. I know that.” (looks at me with a positively disgusted expression) “My son did that once… in kindergarten.”
(turns her back on me and walks off without a goodbye)

Check out the Flickr group to see what other beady people have on their table:

Back to Beading

October 9, 2012

Back from my vacation, I finally finished two of the necklaces from my last Bead Table Wednesday post:

I’m particularly fond of this one:

The third design didn’t work out, so I turned two of the pendants into earrings instead, and the third one into a matching necklace (I ran out of seed beads on that one, so I couldn’t finish it yet):

Bead Table Wednesday

September 19, 2012

After finishing up the last three necklaces, three more pendants of the same batch ended up on my beading table, so it’s still all the same colour scheme here, and the same old hearts/love theme. I tend to organize my projects in progress on these neat trays, which I bought a while back in a closing sale. They can be stacked so they don’t gather dust, the beads don’t roll around too much on the velvet, and I can carry them around with me if I decide to continue working in the living room. Theoretically, they are also nice displays (which is what they’re meant for after all), but so far I haven’t done any shows and never needed any.

Unfortunately, it has been troublesome to get jump rings of the right size around here. They are either too small for the clay parts, or really large and bulky, which works with some designs, but definitely not with the three-part pendant here. And last week I apparently bought split rings again by accident… as this happens a lot to me, I have given up and actually decided to use them to connect beaded segments (I did so in that last heart necklace I made). Unfortunately though, they are no use to attach my polymer clay pendants, as I would likely either scratch or break them in the attempt to fix them to these. So, although the design is technically complete, that one necklace will have to wait a while for being finished I’m afraid.

And if you like to spy on work in progress as much as I do, be sure to check out what all the talented people at the Flickr Group are doing at the moment:

Finishing up some Necklaces

September 17, 2012

Do you remember my last Bead Table Wednesday post? Probably not – I just checked and it was way back in… December. Now I finished the three necklaces I started that day. I’m amazing, am I not? As fast as a sloth – wheee!

My boyfriend took these photos on our living room table yesterday, then looked at my older jewelry shots and commented that he liked those better where I had used notes or wallpaper as a backdrop. I suppose he’s right and I tried to take new photos today, but the necklace above didn’t want to be photographed by me, and the photos that I did manage to take I can’t get onto my boyfriend’s computer for some reason… so I’m stuck with the old ones for now. Obviously the camera didn’t really like the dark background much either.

Spring Flower Bracelet

March 8, 2012

A new bracelet. I really like the look of the soft green jade parts with the copper.

Bracelet Design and Photography

March 3, 2012

A simple bracelet without Art Beads. I had these beads lying around, wanting to turn them into a necklace. But they missed a key element, the design was too simple for a necklace. Today I gave up and turned it into a bracelet instead, for that the design works well enough.

Unfortunately my camera just doesn’t capture the colours (no flash this time), that blue is much darker in reality. Also, crappy photo. I need to work on that…


I recruited my boyfriend to take a new photo. Better?

Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge – March 2012

March 2, 2012

For once, an early entry for the Monthly Challenge over at Art Bead Scene. The inspiration painting is “Le Moulin a Poivre” by Vincent Van Gogh:

I suppose I could have thought of something different, but the flags captured my attention. The bracelet looks a lot better in reality and on my wrist. The vintage heart bead is a bit scratched, but it’s not actually noticable without the strong flash I had to use to get a half-decent picture despite the gloomy weather. The wave-patterned polymer clay bead is one of mine.