A River Rock Commission

After a recent pop-up event a friend asked me if I could wrap her river rock into a pendant.

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When she brought it to me, I instantly thought of a heart shape. She agreed, and the wrapping began, while putting on appropriate music for this dancer.

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I used a prior heart pendant as a template, except I had to work this one in reverse. Usually I start with the pendant loop that attaches to the necklace cord, but in order to secure the rock I had to start by wrapping it first.

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I gently wrapped the steel wire around the rock, and needed to make a few attempts to get it to be snug with each twist, as the wire would re-align itself.

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When I was happy with securing the rock, I created the heart shape.

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Then I criss-crossed the remainder of the shape, et voila!

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It did ruin the fresh manicure, but such is the life of a wire bender.

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The customer is happy, and I am inspired to pick up some arrowheads to repeat the process.

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I also created a custom collar recently. Making Waves is intended for a tall woman, so I created a smaller version for my customer.

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We measured using a spiral collar and then I got to work replicating the look and feel.

Sizing

I prepped the wire by sandpapering off the grime, hammering it straight and filing off the edges.

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Then I bent it into shape.

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This collar is being worn around town on a regular basis, and I love that it brings such joy to its new owner.

Modeling

As tough as steel wire is, the end result is a light and flowy piece you can pair with any look.

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I take much pleasure shaping the forms and seeing where the wire leads me, as it sometimes won’t  come out as my intended vision. In the same way Amy Lee Segami collaborates with water, the wire tells me which direction it wants to bend into, creating surprising results that appeal to variety of people.

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Browse my Etsy shop to see what I have in stock, and let me know if you want to customize a piece that appeals to you. Earrings, seashells, ribbons, beads, charms, crystals are all fair game to be wrapped into a unique jewelry piece of your own.

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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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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Dressy days

I’ve been living in my pajamas for most of the month, sloth that I am.

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Abstract Earrings  and Sparkly Pink Butterfly Heart

However, I’ve had reason to go out on a few occasions which led me to mix and match some pieces.

JeanSquare Collar

Pop of Denim wire collar

Make them your own by popping over to Etsy.

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Swirly Earrings and Red Sparkly Heart

Meandering Maraviglia

As I prep for the Ravenswood Art Walk, here are some Maraviglia that wandered about town recently.

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My weather app has been inaccurate with its temperature gauge, so I had to do a midday wardrobe change from one knit dress to another one warmer-than-anticipated day.

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Red Swirl Collar Necklace and
Fingerprints Coiled Wire Earrings

I didn’t change the jewelry though. The coiled earrings inspired a custom order for a larger version which was purchased at a recent NEW event.

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My wax and wire jewelry goes with a variety of outfits.

Seashells in the Waves overlooked Elgin at Blue Violet Bodyworks’ Lighthouse.

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Seashells in the Waves

My collar necklaces are becoming more sculptural, and this one was placed at Stella Boutique for perusal among its lovely gift wares.

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Meanwhile, this number will be on view at the Ravenswood Art Walk. Come see me in the big tent!

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Note that my Etsy store will be closed on October 5 and 6 while I showcase and sell at the Ravenswood Art Walk.