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My heart is an artifact of all my life so far and all that's to come. Rusted enameled heart layered with a rusted and patina'd heart. #torchfiredenamel #heart #rusty #patina #handmade #lilrubyjewelry #enamelartist #417artist #bransonmo #springfieldmo #instajewelry #enameledjewelry #contemporaryjewelry #contemporaryenamel #heartpendant #heartjewelry
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A sweet gift! Bracelet and earrings set made with gorgeous Czech glass beads and a heart charm that I enameled to match. #beadedjewelryofinstagram #braceletandearrings #enameledjewelry #gift #handmadejewelry #lilrubyjewelry #jewelrydesigner #torchfiredenamel #417 #czechglass #heart #braceletsofinstagram
About 6 months ago I moved into a great new studio space and finally acquired a torch and some enameling supplies – then the fun began!
I got a very limited taste of enameling a few years ago when I worked at a bead store, and have been itching to try it again ever since. Now I can’t get enough!
Follow lilruby jewelry on Instagram if you’d like to see more – I don’t think I’ll be stopping anytime soon!
I was surprised and flattered last week to receive an invitation to be a Design Ambassador for Jesse James Beads!
How it works is they send out a packet of beads, I use them in my designs and post them on Instagram and/or Facebook, and they send more beads – how fun is that!?
My first packet arrived today and I couldn’t wait to get started – within an hour I made 3 pairs of earrings and a pendant, which is pretty productive for me!
Here are the beads they sent, and what I made with them-
It’s interesting that some of these are beads I probably wouldn’t have picked myself, but using them stimulated my creativity which is a very good thing!
Be sure to check out all the beautiful beads available at www.jessejamesbeads.com!
So excited to have several pieces in the Winter 2018 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry! BAJ has been my favorite jewelry magazine for years, and it’s such an honor to be included with so many talented artists – it’s a dream come true every time!
One of my favorite things about late summer is all the butterflies, so I’ve been inspired to paint a few of my own for some jewelry that’ll be perfect now right through fall!
I have several shows coming up over the next three months, and I’m hoping my customers will enjoy these. If you’d like a pair for yourself, just let me know!
So happy to be participating in another of Lori Anderson’s fabulous blog hops! This one is the Bead Hoarder’s edition, and the beautiful idea behind it is to send your partner a bead (or beads) that you’ve been hoarding – something that really is special to you, as a true act of kindness. I love that!
My partner is the very talented Pam DeBoer of Pamela’s Studio. Be sure to check out her vibrant, artistic designs on her Facebook page!
Here’s what I sent to Pam –
I bought that awesome ceramic focal bead in a great bead shop we happened upon as my husband and I were passing through Savannah, Georgia on a special vacation 6 years ago. I loved this bead because it was unlike any others I’ve ever had – it reminds me of a Calder sculpture or maybe a Picasso painting. I chose a strand of tiny faceted agates and some Czech glass to go with it.
As I was getting ready to send it off I decided to paint the box to match, just for fun!
I really hope Pam enjoyed creating with it!
Now for what she sent to me-a beautifully detailed poly clay pendant-
And some great Tibetan clay beads, lampwork rondelles and my favorites – a pair of sweet handmade ceramic birds!
I ended up making 3 pieces, and they are all very different from each other. First, I used the Tibetan beads along with some pierced sterling beads and lampwork discs from my stash for this funky pair of earrings-
Next I made a long knotted necklace for the pendant using S-lon cord and sparkly little faceted Czech glass beads-
Finally, those little handmade birds – I perched them on a rusty tin birdhouse pendant along with Czech glass flowers and beads. Perfect for Spring!
I had a great time working with these wonderful beads – thanks for hopping along with me!
Click below to visit Lori’s blog and the links to all the other blog hoppers!