Thursday, May 27, 2010

Spring Bling!

My latest piece of lovliness! This necklace took me awhile to make, being I was making it up as I went along. Now, I'm finally realizing, as with scrapbooking, that every piece doesn't need to be a perfect piece of art when you have to build an inventory! Unless you want to take forever to create your art pieces! I'm working on a system that allows me to mass produce the easier more commercial pieces while allowing for the actual art that I need to create! A delicate balance, but very possible to do. Kudos to you artists out there that are doing this every day, you all make it look easy to balance; you're my inspiration! Soon, my pieces will be availabe at the Scrapping Lounge in Montclair, Ca. so be sure to Swing on By the Lounge!

Soldering 101!

I recently took a soldering class from Irene over at Garden of Beaden in Upland, Ca. , what a total blast! I so love, love, love this form of art and the dimension it brings to my jewelry making! One of my favorite things to do these days is to settle in with one of my Somerset mags; I expecially love the jewelry publications, they ROCK! I've been getting so inspired by all of the fabulous art in these magazines, that I just had to take the next step! So, of course, after I finished the class I had to go out and purchase all of the right goodies , right? Now, my garage not only houses my "home gym" and my jewelry making "tool bench" but also my soldering workstation! As soon as I get it all how I want it (getting the donation pile outta there and moving the pet toilets elsewhere!) Then I'll post some pics! Along with being constantly inspired by all of the art around me, I love checking out other artists workspace; must be my organized Virgo side. I'll post more when I get some pieces done. Thanks Irene, for teaching me the basics and opening up this whole side of jewelry making that I know will be exciting!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lookit Those Earrings!

Great little set of earrings I whipped-up the other night for an outfit. The fab charms are from my favorite new discovery, Garden of Beaden in Upland, Ca. What a fantastic little bead joint they have, very friendly and helpful! I also used what I call my "mutant beads" purchased at a yard sale for $1 (a whole bag of misfit beads, awesome!) I sorted them all out the other night by color and was inspired to create these earrings with the new "skully" charms I had purchased. and voila' love it! For more infor on Garden of Beaden go to:
Smooches Gang!

Swingin' Bling!

I discovered using chandelier crystals and "found" objects ie: antique earrings and jewelry bits, make wonderful and unique pendants! I used old book pages for the background (saved from tearing apart a book for another altered project...nothing goes to waste!) Soon, I will be learning to solder so I can add a different element to my jewelry making and "step it up a notch"!
These lovelies were made the same way, only without the fancies on top. Still fabulous, and personalized with individual stamped initials!

Humble beginnings of my pendants...I spotted this chandelier in one of my favorite haunts~got a great price for it, and the rest is history! Now, I just have to think of something to do with the lamp after the crystals are all off...maybe use it as a type of hanger for something...remember, nothing goes to waste!

Crystals before their bath...still pretty no matter what!