Commissions Galore

While I was busy completing my Hexaptych I also received a few custom jewelry orders. For a friend’s 14th wedding anniversary I was given a specific lyric and asked to add the iconic lightning bolt to the pendant referencing the Grateful Dead. Because this was a remote order, I took a photo showing the size of different shapes.

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Thankfully I had picked up opal at the Bead & Button Show, because local opal options were quite expensive. I printed out the lyrics on different papers to see which would be closer to the opal in different light, and was surprised by the option that worked in the end.

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I struggled with the lightning bolt, but came up with a few options.

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Thinner wire worked out better for the sharper angles, and my customer got to choose.

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Then we discussed via photo reference whether there should be one or two opals in the design, and that too was the easier of the two decisions.

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I shipped off the creation, and it arrived in time for the anniversary.

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Apparently it was well-received, and I am super excited another piece of mine is out and about in the world.

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One of my collectors lost an earring, and I had completely forgotten that she owned this pair. So I set about re-creating the piece. Back then I didn’t track how long my original wire pieces were, so I eyeballed wrongly a few times.

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I finally got the shape to resemble its twin, and happily delivered the re-paired set to my friend. They look so good on her.

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My newsletter garnered another order, with a friend asking if she could have just the earrings of a set pictured in my March Musings. I created the pair for her with the earring hooks she preferred.

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A quick trip downtown ensured she would have them in time for her sunny beach vacation.

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The full set is still available, you can contact me if you’re interested or mix and match at upcoming trunk shows.

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Did anything on Facebook or Instagram catch your eye? Let me know your favorite pieces.

Sparkles at Ayla’s Bead Bazaar

September closed out with a pop-up at Ayla’s Fall Bead Bazaar.

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I had perused the bazaar last year and was thrilled to be one of the vendors this year.

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What’s not to like about being surrounded by sparkles and beauty?

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Last year’s Pyrite strand made it into a set.

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I paired it with my Desigual dress for the day.

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I also combined it with the ring I bought from Ayla’s booth last year, which matched the sparkly Noktivo nails nicely.

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The set also marked a tagging milestone (when I hadn’t properly identified the beads).

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Before the fair, I had to tally up my cash and business cards to make sure I was set.

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My satin necklace cords had dwindled as well, so I spent one afternoon tediously cutting and crimping.

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It is always fun to see the bare bones of a fair.

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My table was set up with time to spare.

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So I perused the other booths before the public came in.

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Elka’s Designs has so many treasures.

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I had picked up strands from her trunk show recently at Ayla’s Originals Evanston store.

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Elka hand-picked the colors for this Hematite bangle.

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I felt the need for some orange and she had this Hollowite Turquoise on hand. The coppery acrylic beads are lightweight in spite of their size.

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This Pink Agate set lights up my life and wardrobe.

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I played with Fall notes for the round hematite beaded bangle (and I have plenty of beads for monochromatic versions as well).

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Ayla’s had a variety of tables to peruse, including pearls and silver strands of gorgeousness:

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Leather:

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Two Charming Chicx’ Trunk Show pendants:

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Glass beads I will eventually work into a design:

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There were gorgeous handmade beads and pendants:

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Organic jewelry and jewelry components:

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The Pastels Chicago show at the Art Center – Highland Park was not as pastell-y as anticipated. I was surprised by the earth tones in many pieces.

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My neighbor sold chainmaille kits:

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So much sparkle!

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I was worried I might not be able to find the strands of this chunky bead bangle that has been requested by two customers already.

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Thankfully Dakota Stones was right in front of me.

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Hooray, two strands for me (and more goodies)!

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I wasn’t the only one browsing the $5 and $10 strands.

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I was tempted by so many other beads, but had to restrain myself.

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After all, one has to turn a profit first!

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My pen-person from the last NEW meeting did its job.

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All these embellishments spark so many ideas!

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The ornaments drew admiration, so I hope some holiday orders come my way.

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It was a lovely day filled with inspiration, and I look forward to showing the new creations from my new stash.

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Creations for Dutchies

I went on a family reunion trip during which I finally got to show my wares in person to my family.

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One person fell in love with the purple coral bangle I had made, but wanted it in blue so I found a strand of lapis chips at Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop.

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It was fun to make the bangle and earrings, though I might need a new mandrel for spiraling…

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The result was well-received.

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A linguistics discussion referenced a tape measure as a ‘roll of inches’ and I like that analogy to my rolls of steel wire.

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I also incorporated a Michael Jackson favorite into a gift. Lining up the 2 sides of music score and lyrics took a few attempts.

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I like this pendant a lot, and hope it gets a lot of wear in the Netherlands.

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An attempt to take birthstone bangle measurements abroad went awry, with the 14 cm resembling a collar rather than a bracelet.

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So I packed up the toolkit and supplies and decided to bring my work on my vacation.

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It was fun to take a morning just to play with beads amidst all the touring and eating and visiting.

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There is already an addition on the way for this bangle, so I will have to add a new birthstone bead when I return.

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In addition to the custom pieces, these lovelies went on to new homes.

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The Dutch vibe continued at home with this delft blue bead set.

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What do you think of this simple earring design, should there be more of these?

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Come see my other bangle and earring pairings at the Ravenswood ArtWalk this weekend, or visit Ayla’s Bead Bazaar in Highland Park next weekend!

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Esty is open when I am not vending in person.

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The Bead and Button Show is on May 27 through June 8, but this year I won’t be able to attend.

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I would love to take Brenda Schweder’s Jig workshops, but time- and money-wise it’s not feasible to travel to Milwaukee this year.

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Instead, I am perusing the beads I picked up last year for new projects.  The Yellow Agate chunky beads from Ayla’s Fall Bead Bazaar inspired a new set.

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I love the uneven shapes and the marbled patterns. Playing with the shapes and wrapping steel wire around them to create earrings and two pendants was fun.

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Two other strands caught my eye, the chunky glass beads I also obtained at Ayla’s Fall Bead Bazaar and the purple coral from A Bella Bead in Glen Ellyn.

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The purple coral became a pair of earrings, and I’ll likely add a pendant and a bracelet to match.

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The glass beads have such cheerful colors that were fun to sort.

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I liked playing with different designs based on how the beads coordinated themselves. First I just strung some beads on a wire the traditional way.

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These asked for the classic oval cage design.

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Then I kept wrapping around it until the wire was up.

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The angular beads asked for a triangular shape.

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Then I wrapped around them more.

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Fiddling with wire gauges and bending the beads into clusters is very organic.

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This cluster wrapped itself into a rectangular shape.

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It is fun to watch the pieces catch the light.

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Dirty hands make me feel accomplished.

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Being a matchy-matchy person, I added earrings to the mix as well.

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I still have plenty of beads to make a bangle bracelet.

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I also made Amazonite earrings to go with the collar and bangle set I have up on Etsy.

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These newbies will be loaded onto Etsy after my pop-up shop on May 30 at Creative Coworking.

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‘Heart’ your favorites on Etsy!

Maike’s Maraviglia out and about

I’ve been enjoying the weather and nature so much that promoting my jewelry has been backburnered a bit. But you’ll see me wear and can peruse fun pieces at NEW’s Crain’s Small Business Week Event on Wednesday. My Chakra Bangle and Twinsy Dancing Spirals are with me most often.

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The Morpho Butterfly wax and wire pendant is looking forward to fluttering into someone else’s home.

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This baby blue beaded collar set from the Bead & Button Show will pop up on Etsy after the Ravenswood ArtWalk. I’m eager to make more with my newly acquired beads.

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With October marking the last quarter of the year, it is also time to start thinking about Holiday orders. Musical pieces like Christmas Carols on ornaments are popuplar.

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My German deliveries tend to take a full month through customs, so I will need to ship those off by mid-November. So if you live overseas, message me now with Holiday gift ideas and I will work them into the studio schedule. I’ll be infinitely grateful for the early notice. This infinity rainbow collar and the coiled earrings make me happy every day.

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Collars and Earrings can be custom sized. The Curled Collar and ovalish earrings made a trip to REI with me. I’m loving Dragonfly Collections‘ plum sweater for fall.

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The blue Crystal wax and wire pendant garners much admiration when I wear it out.

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And on my visit to the Bahá’í House of Worship for North America the Waves Earrings came along for some beachy time.

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Come try these on in person at Meet, Munch & Mastermind at Shannon’s Irish Pub, 428 North Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL from 1- 6 on Wednesday, October 8.

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Summer Jewelry on Etsy

Before my 3-day escape last week I did a photoshoot for Etsy. This week I loaded more inventory onto the shop, as I explore other venues to display and sell my work.

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Draw was inspired by the fabulous pencil handler Lauren Levato-Coyne. She taught me how to draw, and her friendship has drawn me into Chicago’s artistic community.

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This Green Triangle is a modification from a different color.

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My birthstone pieces found their start with this Turquoise set. Turquoise has lovely healing properties.

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Years ago I made a watch from cubed beads, and the remaining beads became part of this ‘cubist’ pendant. It reminds me of Alicia Forestall-Boehm’s work.

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The Sunshine sparkle beaded bangle with matching earrings cheers me up. I want to wear it but designed it for someone taller than me. Is it you?

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This is blue wax and wire rectangle is one of my favorites, with a vintage glass bead from a chandelier that I only find in plastic these days.

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I’ve had these pink tulip beads for some time as well, and hope they find their way to a new home soon.

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Earrings abound as well, with these heart-shaped cages being the most recent internet debutantes.

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Wouldn’t the pink scribble ball earrings go well with this Pretty in Pink oval pendant?

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Remember that you can order custom pieces at any time. Birthstone bangles or pendants celebrate family and loved ones.

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Custom verses, quotes, colors, shapes and sizes also apply to the waxed pieces, such as this Rose of Sharon Heart

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quoting Song of Solomon.

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Write is on its way up next week.

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The musically inclined can wear their favorite song close to their hearts.

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Poke around my shop and tell me what you like. I’ve also had fun with treasuries, which you can peruse here.

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Weekend Interlude

I took a little road trip this week to clear my head.

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It’s nice to do a re-set when home and internal changes are churning.

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The good news is that you get to call dibs on the pieces on Facebook through the weekend.

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Next week they’ll be up on Etsy for a wider audience to see, like some of these arleady are.

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It is good get away for some perspective, even when you lead a solitary life and your home town is staycation-friendly.

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If you’re pondering a retreat, but would like some company, consider NEW’s Fall getaway at White Pines.