Handcrafted Jewelry with a touch of Whimsy

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Faux Ancient Beads Technique

Hi guys!!! :) I have sooo much stuff to show you and so little time, so just a quick post today before I go back to cooking and dusting and cleaning and all that fun that needs to be taken care of once in a while...Ah, my house is such a mess! An organised mess though. I know exactly where to find my supplies, my wires, it's very easy...

...they're everywhere! After every cleaning and re-organising my place, I feel lost! Everything disappears! Maybe I should start making a list, like an inventory of every item to remember where I put my stuff after cleaning.

But as always, jewelry first ~ yay!! If I don't prioritize I won't get anything done at all. The guys above are vintage glass beads soldered on oxidised copper wire. Berry clusters, yum!

Second pair, African terracotta beads and Carnelian. Love the swirls on the African beads, but still, they looked kinda simple for me, so I painted them with acrylics! Aren't they super pretty now? :)

 The third pair, crystals on dark, oxidised metal...there's something so mysterious, almost magical  about this particular mix of elements, they look perfect together. The crystal beads were brand new "Swarovski elements" ~ cute, but a bit too shiny and too new looking for my taste. So I sanded them, boiled them in salty water, buried them in soil, and look at them now!!! They look like they're 100 years old! Squeeee!!!!

There, see what I'm talking about? My primitive head pins don't look well with brand new beads. If I'm in the mood for girly, sweet ones, like these...

...no need to alter the beads. But for grungy, primitive looking stuff, you have to age the beads first. Unless you have lots of money and can afford to buy all the awesome ancient beads to work with...  I haaate you!  ~ I love ancient beads...

 Ancient art, stones, pottery, jewelry...love them, they fascinate me. An object that has been created and worn/used thousands of years ago, buried and finally found again, is now here, for you to see and touch...almost like a connection in time...how amazing is that? Who else has touched it? What is its story?

 I'm making my own faux "ancient objects". The beads above are glass ( I think..?) and were titanium coated...but after lots of sanding and burning and what not they look like this, old!! I have my special place outside where I bury my beads: my Rosemary pot.

It's right next to my door and it gets watered often. I bury my beads there, wait for a month or sometimes more, and voila! I'm excavating my own faux "ancient beads"!! ...Jeezlouise, I can't believe I just told you my faux ancient beads secret. Shhh, don't tell anyone!!! Oh, the glass and the polymer work the best, the beads end up looking so old!

These polymer roses were buried in my Rosemary pot for months! They're sold now. Yes, I washed them well with water and soap after excavating them, of course...I'm not crazy! Not that way, at least... 

For vintage jewelry lovers, this awesome sterling set will be up for sale soon.
 I have to go, it's getting late again...but I still have so much stuff to show you!!! 

All these wild guys, next time!!!

See you soon!!!

Love, Laura! xoxo

 P.S. So, what is your secret technique?? I'd love to know! I told you mine, don't be a meanie! :))

What I'm trying to do right now...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Head Pins Adventure ~ Part Two!

Hi guys!! :) My head pins have been a success so far, I am so excited!! I am very grateful for all your lovely comments & hearts on Instagram , here, on G+, my super awesome family, they truly mean a lot, especially since this is my first time making head pins. Thank you!!!

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” 
― W.B. Yeats
  Iridescent glass beads caged in thin, rusty Copper wires + Tibetan Silver caps + solder blobs + more Copper wire + tons of oxidizing = MAGIC! I want more of these! One more picture just because they're sooo cute!!!

...Okay, moving on!

These have already sold to a very lovely Lady, along with two other sets! I'm really excited but now I'm nervous too because what if she doesn't like them when she sees them in person? What if she saw the pictures and imagined them...different?

I'm such a dummy when it comes to online business stuff. All these Online...bla bla for Dummies books have been written for me, it just says for Dummies instead of dummy so I won't feel bad.

" Sure, there are other dummies like you  out there, no worries..."...Yeah, right.

Anyway, Instagram does help, people are a lot more interactive there for some reason. And I love that!

Last set for today, it's way late again and I only have a few hours left to sleep. Again!! I'll post more pictures...on Instagram. Tomorrow.

Oh, one more thing:

These Vintage Beauties are already listed in my shop and priced to sell, check them out! :)

That's it. Good nite.

Love you guys, you rock!!!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Did Someone Say...Headpins??

Hi guys! :) Guess who started making headpins all of the sudden?? That's right, moah. How come? Well, last week, AJE hosted this awesome Headpins Challenge Inspiration and it was, indeed, very inspiring seeing all the beautiful creations the participants came up with. So much creativity! So much good stuff! Did I get to participate? Nope, I got busy fighting a flu virus I got from who-knows-where. I'm just lucky like that sometimes. But now I'm back in full force!

Check it out, I made all these guys:

A bead fiesta with messy wire wraps, solder blobs and looots of rust/oxidation! Really, what more can you ask for?? Happy dance!!!!

First set with ruby red glass ~ love the way these beads capture the light! I didn't edit the photos at all, that's what these beads really look like in natural light, hot red awesomeness.

Second pair with fancy Czech glass fire polished beads and solder spheres.

Third pair, these are made of tiny crab claws, wire wrapped and soldered...don't they look awesome? I have found them in Everglades, we went hiking there one day and these tiny claws were everywhere, so I picked up a few...I'm always picking up shells, rocks, seeds, claws, you name it. I'm sure they're naturally shed since they were so many of them there.

 I'm trying to use jewelry components that are guilt /cruelty free, recycled, just like the rest of the products that I use. Only recycled leather and no fur, unless Kitty decides to pose for my background. :)  I love animals.

Look at that little furry face and those pretty green eyes! Isn't she cute? Mommy's little princess.

I love this one. A tiny coral found on the beach and Abalone bits from an old earring. Crazy flash sparkles, yes please.

Fourth set, salvaged coral daggers from on old necklace, messy wire wrap, solder and lots of oxidizing, but of course. Hot peppers, yum! No new coral beads, you already know why.

Fifth set, and that's where I stop today. Trying to keep these posts short, I know you guys are busy and have lots of stuff to do. These beads are so adorable. And they're plastic!! The copper wires are short, I was thinking small earrings and oh, look at this dress! What do you think? Me likey!

See you soon!!

I was reading this story today, awww...dogs are awesome!!!

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