Saturday, September 28, 2013

Sequin Exploration & Beaded Jewelry Inspired by Bubble Gum

Happy Saturday!  I'm excited to be sharing a piece that was designed for the sole purpose of using sequins!  I have to thank my friend Sarah over at Saturday Sequins for always bringing humor and light to her jewelry designs and encouraging me to try these fun little pops of sparkly!

I joined forces with other artisans last year as we delved deep into our sequin souls to create something with sequins.  Prior to that I had never (gasp!) used sequins in my design.  It was fun, but I took the easy way out and added just a few little sequins.  It works for that design and I still love wearing that cuff (see more pictures here.)

But this year, I challenged myself to use more than 4 sequins.  LOL  I also unintentionally challenged myself by completely not even giving my design a thought until 72 hours prior to the reveal.  Hey, life come at you fast... I'm trying to learn to roll with the punches.

So doing something uber big like a cuff or collar just wasn't going to fit into the time I had allowed.  I'm pretty sure if there are any students studying procrastination at the UW, then I should be a case study with this fine experiment!

I have this funky baubble that I had gotten a while back.  I think it used to be a button cover from back in the day, and since I like vintage and re-purposing, and it reminded me of bubble gum, I decided it would be perfect.

So I popped a piece of gum in my mouth, and started to create!  I pulled in hues of gold, fuschia and blue to compliment the original button cover thingy.  Then added a frame of sequins all around the edge.  I love how they added that little extra sparkle and backed this funk-a-delic design with metallic gold, super soft, Italian lambskin leather.

The necklace is made on Memory Wire so it fits like a choker.  I used sexy pink and vibrant yellow glass beads from Cousin Corporation.

Do you see the gumball machine inspiration in the focal?  I hope so!  At least I did and that wasn't because I had too much wine!  I've enjoyed playing with sequins this week, even if I was in a self-imposed rush. 

Now here's the deal, since you'd seen my sequintastic design, won't you click over to Sarah's virtual property, she'll break out the virtual coffee and share her sequin design and you can visit all of the participants in today's blog hop!

Have a sparkling weekend!

P.S.  In honor of Sequins, I had to share another special design I created earlier this year!  This ankle cuff rocked the sequin world!  It features a beaded band, embellished with hand stitched sequin and flirty chains.  It made quite the splash on stage when Suzy Manning debuted it at her live event this spring!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Beading with Cabochons

For me, cabochons create the basis for each of my custom jewelry designs.  The fun part is selecting which cabochons to use, which pair well together and create the desired look you want.  What I love about working with cabochons is that you can work with gemstones, crystals, art glass, clay and pretty much anything that doesn't have a hole!  I've used seashells, bottle caps, rocks (from the first walk as husband & wife).  Because of how I create my custom designed jewelry, I can work most any object into a design.

In the past, I've used cabochons to create detailed, magnificent cuffs and earrings.  I'll share a few photos of some of my favorite works in a little bit.  But for this challenge, I was inspired by the colors of fall.  The weather in Lake Geneva, WI where I live is turning a bit nippy.  While the leaves aren't changing yet, give it two weeks and they will be.

Apple & pumpkin season are in full bloom.  We're getting excited about having a fire in the fireplace.  Football is on all weekend long - and yes, I'm one of those women that love football!  Go Badgers!  So for this challenge, I chose a pair of jasper cabochons that showcase a beautiful palette of burgundy and gold.  I used the natural veining in the jasper cabochons and the natural coloring as the foundation for the design.

Now if you ask any college aficionado (or more specifically my hilarious, football-loving brother) I designed these earrings inspired by Florida State University - the college of Deion Sanders, one of his idols. Or if you ask my mom, surely I chose this elegant, luxurious color palette in honor of her beloved San Francisco 49er's.  Either way, everybody is happy and that makes me smile!

I have to thank Sally Russick who organized an incredible group of artisans that are all working with cabochons for this challenge.  Some have never used cabochons, others are old pros. Either way, please take a moment to visit Sally's blog where you'll be able to connect with all the participants!

And for further inspiration, here are some of my favorite designs I've created with cabochons!  Many were custom orders and received with squeals of happiness and joy as the women opened their boxes.  If you live in or around the San Diego area, I'd like to invite you to an event I'm participating in October 10-12th as my VIP guest!  Linda P. Jones' Be Wealthy & Smart Intensive is going to be an incredible event.  If you're looking for a sound plan to create the income and type of lifestyle you want to live, then touch base with me about this event.  It'll be at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, and I can tell you having been there last year, it's an amazing experience!

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Have a terrific day!

And of course... the necklace inspired by my small town, Lake Geneva Wisconsin... With cabochons, the design possibilities are infinite! ♥


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