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!
A couple of months ago I accepted an invitation to “test drive” some of the delightful components made by Miriam from Joyful Muse. She asked that designers who accepted the challenge would use at least one of them in a jewelry design, and then share the results! Here are the components I used-
A pair of ribbed connectors painted a rich brick red.
And a very cool reversible spinner pendant!
Since I normally use darker colors and brick red happens to be one of my favorites, I tackled the ribbed connectors first. I layered them over some metal washers that I picked up at an antique show and wired on faceted turquoise blue Czech glass beads for a cool pair of earrings that have a retro yet steampunk look to them – I like ’em!
Now for the pendant – I will admit right off the bat that although the spinner pendant is an ingenious design and beautifully made, I don’t normally feel comfortable working with pastel colors so I struggled a bit with this! But after stewing about it a while I started digging through my bead stash and was able to put this necklace together using some Czech glass and crackle painted metal beads – I think it’ll be perfect for Spring!
I enjoyed using these well made components and want to thank Miriam for the opportunity to work with them! Be sure to check out her Etsy shop to see more – http://www.JoyfulMuse.etsy.com
I just found out that a pair of my earrings were chosen to be included on the On Fire for Handmade Great Finds page for this week!
These are the featured earrings!
What this means is that viewers can vote for their favorite item, and the winning artist recieves a gift and some great publicity on the On Fire for Handmade blog.
The theme this week is “Fall Color Trends” and there are many beautiful entries, so be sure to go check it out! Here’s where to go to see the entries and to vote:http://www.onfireforhandmade.com/Great-Finds.html
The Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Festival is coming up in less than a week, and I’m busy getting ready! Here are a few of the things I’ve been working on-
Brass discs with verdigris patina, dark brass beetles and czech glass.
Asian style brass coin discs with verdigris patina and czech glass beads.
Copper wing with blue patina and blue magnesite beads.
I’m looking forward to selling my jewelry at the Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair in Kansas City next month! I haven’t done this show before, but it looks like a lot of fun and there are a bunch of great indie artists participating.
Earrings are usually big sellers and I always try to have lots of new ones on hand for craft shows. Here are a few pair I just made – now I need to get busy and make more!
To see more about Strawberry Swing go to http://www.theindieswing.com