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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rustic Moon Face Earrings

 Inspired by soulful days spent inward, creating and humming along to Anugama - Shamanic Journey. Dancing around the room, eating chocolate sort of days. Carefree and filled with Peace days. 

Yeah, I had a really nice today, and did all those things. 

My offering this week was born of today's soulfulness. 
 Hand carved (bone) moon faces from Indonesia. Found at a wonderful bead shop in Seattle called Alexanders. A small totem of beads dangle below. Including tiny white porcelain and Czech glass, wrapped in dark oxidized copper wire. 

The hoops are hand fused and forged pure copper with a dark oxidized patina. 

Sterling silver handcrafted ear wires, also oxidized for a rustic, aged look. 

I imagine these earrings going with something like this outfit from Gaia Conceptions...

"handmade organic apparel"

Cindy 
Art & Soul Jewelry

Monday, August 25, 2014

Last Days of Summer

Tomorrow is my birthday, and it's always a little bitter sweet for me. 
I enjoy the celebrations, but it also reminds me that Summer is sadly fading away.

When I was a child, it meant that I'd be starting school the following week
and that my days at the beach were coming to an end.

Inspired by what this week has meant for me for nearly half a century,
I've created this set on Polyvore, to go with my earrings

I just LOVE this dress, don't you?

Boho Beach


The earrings I've made are simple 'stick' earrings with mixed metal
and features a pair of gorgeous 'blue jeans' color Topaz gemstones:

http://www.NatLJ.com

I wanted to capture the simplicity and breezy airy feeling of the beach,
and some of the geometric lines found in the dress and sandals.

http://www.NatLJ.com

The gorgeous slightly muted blue shade of these faceted Topaz gemstones
captures the sun and some of the colors in the sundress :)
 

http://www.NatLJ.com

I think that mixing metals is my favorite thing to do... 
You can find these earrings on my website.

Enjoy the end of Summer while it lasts!

Nathalie Lesage
Metalsmith, Jewelry Artist
 


Friday, August 22, 2014

Santa Fe Stones



I love these rustic spiral ceramic beads by Jana of Happy Fish Things! If you haven't checked out her Etsy shop, you should...you won't be disappointed. I paired them with red coral beads and turquoise heishi beads and Vintaj ear wires of course! The colors reminded me of the Southwest.

I think they would look great with this outfit.
 
Southwest Style

Southwest Style by kristyabner featuring a red shirt


These earrings are available HERE on my website

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Kristy Abner
Kristy's Kreations
 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Another story

Spikes again from me this week - or one spike, at least.


I'm rather fond of this pair. I've teamed a stray Scorched Earth spike, finished beautifully with a cap of fine silver, with a Ragged Robyn connector.  The connector was one of a pair and I was reluctant to split them up but when this design came to mind I couldn't resist the combination.  I've added in some freshwater pearls and a lovely, glow-y drop of rainbow-coated quartz.  


They are almost bridal, but unconventionally so.  They've also got a bit of a winter-y feel, but so has the air here in Somerset of late, so they don't feel too out of season. 

They're available here in my Etsy shop.

Bye for now, Claire



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Stacked

It seems so simple - making a stack of something. We make piles and stacks of things all the time in our everyday lives - bills, shoes, sandwiches, dishes, folded clothes, the list goes on. Yawn. Boring.

Now talk about making jewelry stacks and you've got my attention. I've been loving stacked earrings lately, both vertical and front-facing. It's an exercise in graduated size, texture, color, and medium. I love to mix ceramics, glass, stone, textiles, shells...you name it.

 

Here's an sweet little pair I listed last week that plays with all of these different elements. Two reptilian ceramic discs from Petra at ScorchedEarthonEtsy serve as the base, and I've layered them with art nouveau steel PMC washers from Kiyoi Design as well as crusty little shards of violet Roman glass and flashy raw moonstone nuggets. 

I love how the garish chartreuse olive yellow-green of the ceramic base contrasts with the eggplant purple of the Roman glass and the ultraviolet flashes in the moonstones. Olive and violet - a weird color combo I've been stuck on lately. 


OK girls, now get stackin'!

Happy Wednesday :)

Nikki
LoveRoot on Etsy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Maricopa Point

Southwestern Cross Earrings

I love the southwest! How can a person get to be my age and have never seen the Grand Canyon? I don't know, but it's true. So this year my husband and I traveled to some spots that I somehow have missed along the way. It mas May and still mercifully cool the day we drove from Las Vegas to the south rim of the canyon. One of the vistas on the southwest side of the canyon is called Maricopa Point. A beautiful name for a beautiful spot, but I was curious as to its origin. As it turns out the Maricopa are a native tribe that once lived in this area, along the Colorado River.

Our trip inspired me to design three collections, these earrings are from my Maricopa Point Collection. My first collection was called Joshua Tree, and a future one will be named for the eastern entry to Yosemite called Tioga Pass.

Maricopa pottery is still well known in the southwest. One of its characteristics is the distinctive reds and ochre, much like the colors of the Grand Canyon. This beautiful piece is from Andrea Fisher.

My native Maricopa inspired earrings focus around white copper southwestern crosses from Kristi Bowman, to which I have added colorful Czech beads for that tribal look and rustic copper accents and ear wires. Mixed metals make them more primitive looking, and I like the contrast it adds as well.







Gloria Ewing
Chrysalis Too on Etsy
Chrysalis Jewelry on Artfire

Monday, August 18, 2014

Cairn

I love seeing rocks stacked one on top of the other and I love to stack beads!
I recently got a strand of little Ostrich Egg Shell discs from a bead store I visited in Reno so of course I had to try stacking them and I love the look!


I really love these bright Faceted Candy Jade and they were the first pair I made.
A friend came over to visit and bought the first pair of these I made but I liked them so much I made another and I'm going to make some for myself too!!

It was fun to go through my stash and see what beads looked good with the stacked shell.

Red Coral, Carved Picture Jasper Leaves and Candy Jade.

Source
Some of you may know how much I like birds,
 so I just had to share this Cairn I found with a bird perched on top!
Love it!


Kristi