Thursday, August 17, 2017

Blue, Red, Light Pink and Grey Offset Arrow Bangle and Earrings


I have been playing with a lot of different bead color combinations while looking for the perfect day-job.  This particular blue is the darkest I have in my bead stash, it's not as navy as I was hoping for, but I do think it still compliments the other colors.  


I like that it looks somewhat patriotic, without being the real red white and blue colors.  

Monday, August 14, 2017

Maple Seed Bangle 1


I collected maple seeds a month or so ago and have been rolling a bangle design around in my head.  For the most part, I just needed to get some colors picked and make it.  I already have some ideas of a larger version of this piece with varying seed colors since they go from green and dry to brown.


I'm not sure how successful I think this bangle is, but it's growing on me.  I'm glad I finally got to draft it out!  Any thoughts?  Comments below appreciated. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Tonal Arrow Bangle and Earrings Set in Pinks


I've been enjoying pouring through my bead stash and working on some easy to wear jewelry for holiday sales.  I have WSG Gallery in Ann Arbor confirmed for holiday and the Textile Center Holiday Market in Minneapolis, MN.


This was a fun neutral/pink set, I have some drastically different color combinations coming up soon!





Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Netting Bangle Revisit


After I finished my most recent leaf lariat necklace and earrings, I wanted to finish up the pack of green 15/0 seed beads that I had sitting in my tray.   I had been wanting to revisit my netting bangles (originally, I called it a wide open bangle) from 2011 as seen HERE.


This piece is half the middle width due to finishing up those green beads, but I have plans to make more of the original larger one to have in my stock.  

Monday, August 7, 2017

Green and Gold Lariat Necklace and Earrings Finished!


This weekend I finished up a green and gold lariat leaf necklace and pair of matching cluster earrings.  I'm excited to announce that my jewelry will be part of WSG Gallery's Holiday Show at 306 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor.


Yes, I am already starting to think about holiday shows and I'm making use of my extra time by getting a lot of beading done, so look out for a flurry of new work this week!




Friday, August 4, 2017

Green and Gold Tonal Arrow Bangle and Earrings

More tonal arrow jewelry this time it's a gold base with greens from my bead stash.  I didn't make a necklace this time since I'm not sure how they'll sell, thoughts?






Saturday, July 1, 2017

Tonal Arrow Jewelry in Blue and Purple


Well, I haven't blogged in a month.  Oops.  I've been working a lot more at the office, getting more training in as the law firm I work for grows.  I'm also trying to organize all the stuff I have in my house as my parents are cleaning out their farm and passing stuff on to me.  (Yes, stuff, that I want, but I'm so not ready to be inundated with it).


So I guess in March I started making these tonal arrow beaded jewelry sets.  The the first set most of the pieces sold at the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild Fiber Feast show.  I really enjoy this look so I've been inspired to make them in more colors.


This grouping I used the colors I had pulled for the Anniversary Party Set.  I really liked how they came together.



I also had to make another pair of the yellow deco wing earrings (I love them, I'll drop everything to make a new pair when the current pair sells).  And decided to do a tiny tonal arrow earring from the colors I'd been using.




Monday, May 29, 2017

Anniversary Waves Bangle


This set came about because I bought a dress (this is how new jewelry patterns are often made).  I pulled colors that matched months ago, but I didn't feel drawn to try to mimic the pattern of the fabric. I bought the dress for the 10 year anniversary party of the law firm I work for, Speaker Law Firm


I have been working on sending out the invites and have been looking at the wave pattern on the invitation for months now.  I decided to pull that and drop it into graph paper for a bangle.


I have been trying to make new earring designs from my bangle patterns, but on this one, I couldn't decide.  The smaller pair of earrings didn't have enough statement to them, and I rather like the longer ones once they were finished.  I did have black glass pearls sitting in my bead tray that really helped the design of the shorter earrings.



I'm quite happy with how this pattern turned out, and I think I may expand on it in time. Below is the dress and invite that the inspiration came from. I have been working for Liisa Speaker for 9 years now and I', very proud of the work she does in appeals and am glad I have been there to help her along as her firm has grown.




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Double Deco Wing Bangle and Earrings in Gold and Yellow


I have made a few variations of my Deco Wing Bangle, but I had a desire to mirror it and double up on this bangle.  So after my last show with the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild I finished a commission for a customer then started in on this set. 


Yellow isn't a color I use very often, but it seems to be seeping into my life more and more. I decided to mix two more muted yellows with gold and black for an older style look.


I love this set so much I'm not sure it'll be making its way to a gallery very soon, I really want to wear it a bit first. As always though, feel free to contact me if you are interested in purchasing either or both of these pieces.




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Deco Wing Bangle and Earrings Color Variation


I got it done!  One last set for the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild show on Saturday. I showed a different color variation of this bangle at Fiber Feast last year and the woman modeling it ended up purchasing it. 


I'm really happy with this newer color variation which I have been able to wear once so far.  You can see it in the sale area of Fiber Feast this weekend!




Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Small Deco Bangle and Earrings in Purples and Dark Green


I'm having fun getting back into some of my art deco designs, the last of this style sold so quickly (and I made a smaller version for my mom for christmas) that I decided to make it in the purples/gold/neutrals I've been obsessed with lately. 


These are headed to the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild Fiber Feast this weekend where you can see all of my new stuff before it goes to galleries!  Tickets are still available too!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Gold Green and Turquoise Tonal Arrow Beaded Jewelry Set


I decided to make a pair of earrings to match a dress that I wore this year to the Capital City Film Fesitval red carpet event this year. The bangle followed.


You can shop for both at the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild Fiber Feast this coming Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at Washtenaw Community College. Tickets are still available (usually this show sells out). 



Saturday, April 1, 2017

More Purple, Gold and Brown Jewelry Variegations


I feel like I've been working on finishing this lariat necklace for forever, I guess I've been busy with my day job, replacing a kitchen faucet and generally catching up on housework now that ski season is over. Today I'll throw in the towel and get my skis out of my car too.  Anyway, this set is finished and ready to head to the Ann Arbor Fiberart Guild's Fiber Feast at the end of April.  If it doesn't sell, it'll probably end up at Synchronicity or Higher Art Gallery.



I'm still on a purple, gold and brown kick.  Even the next bangle I'm working on is the same colorway.  Usually I'm inspired by something else or am tired of looking at this color set, but it hasn't happened yet so I'm rolling with it.  I wanted to keep this lariat necklace simple at the ends because there's a lot of color change in the lariat itself.  I used swarovski pearls and crystals as accents.


I think it's also important to point out that all of these pieces are just variations to the St. Petersburg Chain stitch.  I love how it looks and feels with tiny seed beads, so I keep coming back around to it.



Larger chandelier earrings can be the bane of my existence.  The perfectionist in me is annoyed that the left earring is not hanging as well as the right, even though they're stitched the same.  They're best stored hanging so the thread can bear the weight and sort itself out.  I've worn them a number of times and gotten some really nice compliments so in the end, that's what matters.




Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tonal Arrow Beaded Jewelry Set


I had been itching to start a new bangle bracelet but I wanted to go somewhat simple and play with tonal color going from brown to purple, which I have been focused on lately for Spring 2017.  I started with this arrow design bangle.  Then it needed long earrings to match, and the earrings became a good idea for a simpler bracelet and a necklace.




You will be able to see all of these in person (unless someone contacts me beforehand about a purchase) at the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild Fiber Feast.  Tickets are on sale now for the luncheon and fashion show they put on every year.









Blue, Red, Light Pink and Grey Offset Arrow Bangle and Earrings

I have been playing with a lot of different bead color combinations while looking for the perfect day-job.  This particular blue is the...