New pendants for dibs

I made a few new pendants this month that I almost do not want to part with.

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The studio has been shiny and bright, luring me in.

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Someone posted Isaiah 55:12 in a piece of their work, so I went to my art Bible and ripped that page out for a pendant.

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Don’t you love its message?

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May it bring much joy to its future wearer.

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Meanwhile, Iggy Azalea’s ear worm was in my head, so I took a piece of Hello Holiday tissue paper and stamped its theme onto the paper (but not quite out of my head).

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I was also feeling the need to create an empowerment talisman with royal purple.

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American Authors’ song reminds me to live each day to the fullest this year, so I wrote their lyrics out too.

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For the Evanston Art Center’s 12th Annual Winter Arts & Crafts EXPO I created a green pendant, which will debut there November 22.

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For their Men’s Shopping Day: Saturday, December 20 from 10am to 4 pm I also made a keychain (though I think they’re supposed to get help shopping for the leading ladies in their lives).

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Turning the clock back has me feeling like I am chasing daylight as the sun sets sooner.

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I also used some scraps to create mini pendants.

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Clearly purple is vibing with me these days.

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I’ve also got a few more earrings in my head that will hopefully come out of my hands soon.

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I have not loaded these on Etsy yet but you can message me via Facebook for your selection or special order. Holiday pendants are coming too.

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Lots of ornaments are in the works and some will float around Chicagoland next month. Etsy will gradually update between holiday fairs.

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If you like to shop in person, you can peruse The ADA Holiday Fair downtown on December 5, the Waukegan West class of 1990 fundraiser December 6, and the Bucktown Holiday Fair December 13 & 14.

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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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Birthstones projects

My friends are enjoying their mother-daughter pendants so much that I got to work on two more birthstone projects. The first was a pendant based on a collar I made a while back. The collar has been dibbed, so I made the closest replica the wire would allow.

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Not all the ‘traditional’ birth stones were available in beaded (stringable) form, so I had to consult a gem bible for alternatives, which made for a fun scavenger hunt at Dave’s Down To Earth Rock Shop.

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Once I gathered the stones I looked up their meanings, which come as a printout with each piece.

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I strung them onto wire and placed them in the pendant.

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I almost wanted to keep it for myself.

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The next project was a bangle for a grandmother, also based on a bangle I had created before, with 15 family members represented.

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I don’t have a proper mandrel yet, so I use what is on hand.

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I learned that circumference measurements can be misleading, as the bracelet barely fit over my knuckles.

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So we consulted back and forth on the best measurement and I went with another bangle’s circumference for comfort.

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Getting the stones spaced out right with the right amount of wire took a few tries.

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Off they went to their new happy owners.

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Happy Birthday!

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It was a joy to create these two pieces, and I am looking forward to creating a beaded bangle for myself in the future.

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The energy and healing power of stones and crystals fascinates me, and I like the idea that these pieces radiate some of that earthy energy to their owners and their tribe.

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Are there stones that call to you?