Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Golden Evening Handmade Cocktail Ring

Golden Evening Pearl Cocktail Ring
When I first started designing jewelry, I never imagined that I would be making handmade rings. To be honest, even when we opened our shops up on Artfire and Etsy, the thought still hadn't crossed my mind.

At that time, my focus was primarily on necklaces and bracelets.

All that changed one day when a customer of mine made a suggestion for a custom order she wanted done. She asked if I ever made rings and that she'd like one made to her specifications. My first reaction was to say that I don't, but then after a pause I started thinking... why couldn't I?

True, I'm not a metalsmith, but there are plenty of different kinds of rings out there and it's possible I could work out something that fit both my style of designs as well as my abilities.

And so, after copious amounts of trial and error experimentation, the birth of a brand new and just starting collection of handmade cocktail rings was formed!

The one displayed here today is designed with creamy white pearls and a smattering of matte gold pears interspersed within, all set on a gold plated adjustable-size ring base. The Golden Evening handmade cocktail ring is elegant enough for formal attire but fun enough for casual as well and perfect for any day at all.

The lesson? Try something new! You never know what you might come up with and it's an excellent chance to expand your horizons.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pearl and Gold Stitch Markers

Pearl Stitch Markers in Cream and Gold
These pearl and gold stitch markers have been designed from creamy white glass pearls and intricately designed golden bead caps. The loop on the top is 8mm in diameter to ensure they'll fit most crochet hooks and knitting needles while the charm's is 24mm in total length.

Stitch markers are one of the major wonders of the world to me. I have done a lot of research on them and their uses, but after all that, I still can't figure out how the person that uses them doesn't end up getting them stuck within their knit and crochet creations.

I watched a woman at a craft fair who had bought a couple of handmade stitch markers from me, use them in her work, but as fascinating as it was I still couldn't grasp how she managed to get them in and then back out of the piece she was creating. The needles moved, the yarn entwined, the stitch markers slipped into place and down the line somehow slipped back out of place as well. Magic, I tell you. Pure magic.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Raspberry Swirl Handmade Earrings

Raspberry Swirl Lampwork Earrings with Cherry Quartz
Made with lampwork glass beads with a swirl of raspberry and cream colors inside and a pair of cherry quartz gemstone rounds, these handmade earrings were handmade in a fun and eye catching style with just a hint of elegance and warmth with delicate gold-plated accents.

These lampwork glass and gemstone earrings measure at 2.25-inches (5.8 cm) in length with a touch of weight to them from the lampwork glass, but they are designed to be easy to wear and will make a fun accent to any outfit that they're chosen to pair off with!