Chandelier Earrings Design Challenge

silver filigree chandelier earrings

Some early examples of my chandelier earring designs. I was a little obsessed with Bali silver filigree stations and Swarovski crystal beads. So much sparkle.

The inspiration for this month’s We’re All Ears earring design challenge is chandeliers.  As in, those light fixtures that hang from the ceiling.  Chandelier is also a type of earring, along with drops, dangles, and studs. Before I show and tell you about the chandelier earrings I designed specifically for this challenge, let me share some of my earlier designs. Continue reading

Pantone’s Ultra Violet Inspired Earrings

Pantone Ultra Violet colorThe inspiration for the January We’re All Ears earring design challenge is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2018: Ultra Violet.  Pantone describes Ultra Violet as a “blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level.”  I’m not sure my earring designs for this challenge are consciousness-altering, but I did feel extra creative working with this color. Continue reading

Paisley Lizard’s 2017 Year in Review

before and after craft room

This is a before/during and after of the craft room in my new place. Things were stacked in boxes for too long, as often happens when trying to decide where to put them.

Here we are at the end of another year and I’m rounding up the highlights of my creative journey for 2017.  One of the biggest things that happened to me in 2017 wasn’t exactly creative, but it had a huge impact on my creative output.  I moved mid-year, and misplaced my creative mojo in the process.  As a result, I didn’t get around to making as many new things as I had planned, and I also neglected my blog more than a bit. Continue reading

Evolution of a Custom Order

When a friend asked if I could make a crib mobile for her son’s room, I was willing to give it a try even though I’ve never made a mobile.  She shared some photos of the nursery, which has a Calvin and Hobbs theme with birch tree silhouettes on the wall.  She didn’t want anything too cutesy because the plan was for the mobile to be part of the room’s decor beyond the baby years.

colored sketch of leaf mobile

This was the sketch of my original plan for the mobile. I used the same pan pastels to color the sketch as I planned to use on the mobile.

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Finding the Right Round Nose Pliers for Jewelry Making

Round nose pliers

Thee brands of round nose jewelry pliers tested. From left to right: Beadsmith, Lindstrom, Beadalon.

I have been searching for the perfect pair of round nose pliers for my jewelry making.  That’s not the reason I’ve neglected this blog, and you, my dear readers, for over two months.  But the two things are not unrelated.  You see, I moved in the spring and am just now getting back to my jewelry making. Continue reading

We’re All Ears Design Challenge: Patchwork Earrings

Fat Quarters earringsEach month Erin Prais-Hintz chooses a theme and challenges us to design earrings inspired by it.  The theme for this month’s We’re All Ears earring design challenge was “patchwork.”  I’ve noticed a bit of patchwork showing up in clothing fashion lately and had been pondering how to create some earrings in that style.  The images Erin shared for this design challenge were exactly the push my muse needed. Continue reading

Dragon Design Challenge for Art Elements

Flower dragon box top viewHere there be Dragons! The theme for the winter design challenge from the Art Elements team is dragons. I love dragons. Love! So naturally I signed up to participate. I usually make jewelry for these design challenges. But, since Art Jewelry Elements became Art Elements, I did not have to limit myself to jewelry or jewelry components. However, I stayed in the general vicinity of jewelry, by making jewelry boxes. Continue reading