Seussian Studiotime

I’ve done a lot of uploading and tweaking wordpress for the shop, and while I have plenty of pieces in stock, I was itching to get back into the studio again.

This brush needed to be taken out of its misery too!

My rainbow collection garnered a custom Valentine order, which I cheerfully fulfilled.

These are off to new homes.

I also recreated the infinity pendant that came out of a Now That’s a Jig! playdate.

My original version was snapped up right away, so here is this brighter pendant.

A bangle I created last year turned out to be too small, and then my customer asked to have it embellished with birthstone beads to represent her family.

So I set out to Dave’s Rock Shop and Ayla’s Originals to get the right gemstones.

The bigger size bangle called for a new mandrel.

Then I layed out the stones.

Stringing took a full afternoon, as most of these tiered bangles do.

I love the look of them though.

I donated a few keychains to worthy causes.

Some will pop up in various fundraisers throughout the year.

I also made a Seuss-inspired pendant for Chiaravalle Montessori School’s “Oh The Places You’ll Go”-themed Spring Benefit.

Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite authors and I own his full collection, including the Dutch books I grew up with. So I wiggled together a whimsical wire form to reflect the Seussian landscape.

I took a cue from “Oh the Places You’ll Go” and drew some lines in the pastel colors of the book onto tissue paper. Of course there had to be a nod to the message of the book on the back.

Now my spirit is restored and I can get back to the mundaner tasks of business management and planning. I multitask during product uploads, and ponder the places my business will go.

A Mother’s Day Bangle

When I was in grad school I would drive off to Sedona to get away from the books and learned about vortexes and crystal healing.

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I don’t think I actually experienced a Vortex, but I did obtain a copy of Melody’s Love is in the Earth and started looking into crystal healing. I’ve enjoyed enhancing my life with beautiful and helpful energy infusing stones, and love carrying on the spirit of healing into my creations.

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For Mother’s Day, I made my mom a birthstone bangle representing our family, along with her favorite stone, the Malachite. I’d picked up the strand of Malachites at last year’s Bead & Button show, which is coming up in June.

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I went to my favorite place, Dave’s Down to Earth Rock shop (which just moved across the street but is still on Main Street) to pick out the birthstone beads representing my family. I consulted Judy Hall’s Crystal Bible for alternate beads when the traditional selection wasn’t available.

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The wire was coiled with my high-tech mandrel. 😉

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Then I designed the order of the beads.

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Adding the Malachites was fun. They’re such a positive and empowering stone, and have lovely patterns.

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It was fun to think about everyone and our memories as I strung the birthstones.

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I lucked out with my family.

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There’s a butterfly named after the Malachite, which I incorporated into a desktop mini. I’ve created a few Malachite Butterfly collages over the years.

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After completing the bangle I decided to add some earrings as well.

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Circling wire around the beads is a challenge, but it worked.

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Then I reviewed all the energies of the stones I had incorporated and picked out the words that rung most true about the personalities I know and the energies my mom should carry with her on her adventures.

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Right now our family is pretty set, so I used a single wire to connect all the beads. If there is an addition I’ll probably add the stone with a new piece of wire, but I could also re-string everything. That’s a challenge for the future.

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I’ve got a few beaded bangles in my Etsy shop that are based on color schemes and chakras, but I always love taking custom orders to make something with meaning just for you.

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You can peruse these in person on May 30 during my pop-up at Creative Coworking’s Art & Wine night from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

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I cannot wait to see my mom wear this set!

Creativity abounds

Spring is finally creeping into the Midwest. All the snow has melted and some flowers are beginning to emerge.

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I cleared my workspace one evening, cleaned my tools and got creative.

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The sunshine and longer days drew me into the studio several times and I’ve enjoyed shaping and embellishing the wire into my vision.

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This wasn’t always successful, as an attempt at triple hearts just didn’t pan out, and a single heart became the final piece.

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Since coiled wire takes some wrangling, I goofed around a bit too. Maybe tiaras will be a future line…

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I matched an earcuff from the Renaissance Faire with my swirly pearls.

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Bangles have been popular lately so I created a few of those.

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There is something soothing about stringing beads. This one is a chakra bangle.

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They’re fun to put on.

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One birthstone bangle was sold, one is at Aurora Rose Boutique, and the third is for me to wear out for now.

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Ayla’s Bead Bazaar inspired me to incorporate Amazonite into a bracelet and collar set. Amazonite turns out to be a lovely, healing and positive stone.

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It went straight to a trunk show I will post about next week.

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I’m also feeling a love of springy colors.

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What’s your favorite piece?

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