Friday, February 17, 2012

Playing with photo effects and jewelry

I've been wanting to post all week and show you my earrings that are in the current issue of Stringing Magazine! {shown below}

The earrings are created with raw brass hammered disks, and pretty green picasso czech glass beads. When I created these spring inspired earrings I didn't have a specific design in mind!

{my original photo} Pin It

I knew I was going to use the brass hammered disks to mimic the sun.

{lighter washed-out look} Pin It

And then, since these earrings are for the spring season, I decided to pair the disks with green beads.

{brighter, intense look} Pin It

These beads, in different variations of greens and teals, complemented the brass disks perfectly! Then I topped them off with a smaller bronze bead. Sometimes, designs flow easily and come together just the way you had hoped!

ps...Thank you Stringing for showcasing these earrings in your spring issue!


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Thank you Stringing {Spring 2012}!

{Spring 2012}

The Spring 2012 issue of Stringing magazine is now available. I received my copy in the mail today and was happy to see my earring design on page 54!

There is so much jewelry inspiration and lots of color to spark your own jewelry designs. Make sure to pick up a copy! Their issues are also available in digital print format.


Thursday, February 09, 2012

Subscriber only discounts!

My newsletter went out today to my subscribers. You can also view it online now from my blog! {at top} But, to receive the special discounts you will need to sign up for the newsletter. I will be sending out a special discount after valentine's day so don't miss it! ;)

{green acorn pendant necklace}

I am re-visiting this simple necklace design and going to make more soon. I want to tweek the design a bit and see what I come up with...I always like working with green beads around this time of year.

Until next time,

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Heart of Gold

{heart of gold earrings}

By now, you must know how much I love discovering vintage uncirculated beads! These hearts are vintage lucite heart etched beads.


I paired the vintage beads with a topaz color swarovski crystal. This pair is sold but I do have a limited amount available for purchase. Leave me a comment here if interested. This will probably be the last of the 'heart' themed earrings I will blog about before Valentine's day.

ps...aren't these the cutest cupcakes!


Monday, February 06, 2012

Photos and beads

{'Paint the Town Red' earrings}

Recently, I was playing around with my photo {above} of my 'paint the town red' earrings. I really like the way the pic turned out. If you are a reader of my blog you will recognize that these earrings were recently published in the Jan. '12 issue of Bead Trends magazine.

These earrings are so easy to make! Just pick up the issue of Bead Trends for step by step instructions. If you have any questions or need any beading help just let me know. :)

Rose bead resource:
{vintage brass rose beads}
found at: Vintage Baubles

You can add a small 4mm Swarovski crystal bead in the center of these beads like I did! Then a pretty teardrop bead of your choice will finish off this look.