Monday, September 25, 2017

"I Change My Mind As Often As I Change My Shoes"

Jetta again...I am here with my latest earring adventure.

I love the idea of getting several looks from one design. I have taken this idea to make necklaces become bracelets or two necklaces, but never earrings. So I played around with some ideas and came up with three Halloween/Fall/Gothic looks.

The first pair I am giddy to show because I used some of my newest Jetta Bug Jewelry ghost charms. I wanted to glam them up for an unexpected look. I had some vintage rhinestone sections of chain that was connected with jump rings. So I took two sections off and added even more glam with my newest ear wires from Lucy Haslam of Faery Stone. I used figure 8 jump rings and some tiny lobster clasps so I could just clip on charms to match my mood...bring on the charms!!


 I really thought I would be all over the place on what style the next charms would end up being. I guess because I started out with a Gothic feel I just kept being drawn to something not normally paired with rhinestones.
I found these darling matte chocolate brown ceramic hearts from Scorched Earth. Paired with the rhinestones and those amazing dark patina ear wires I could see these being glam enough to go with a little black dress or posh with jeans.

And last, but not least, I dubbed these Witch's Fingernails! Aren't these enamel charms fantastic?? I stumbled on this little shop that sells lampwork beads and enamel charms called Verre et Cuivre . She is in France and I love everything she makes. I highly recommend giving her shop a visit. I have been dying to use these charms and next to the rhinestones I am in love.

I hope you have a great week filled with creativity and beads,

Friday, September 22, 2017

Glorious 🦋 wings

Hi everyone.  Today's post is all about resin wing earrings.  I love these so much...I actually love all wing charms, I have quite a stash of all things 'wingy', made of various mediums including enamel, glass, polymer, ceramic and resin.  Today's post is about resin wings.  These particular ones featured in my earrings are by Susan Linda Stokes of Art & Soul Studios.

Lets start with a group shot because it looks really good when I share the link on Facebook 😎.

I wanted the resin wings to stand out so I made them up in one of my signature designs but in a much simpler manner.  In this pair I added pink seed beads to pick up the pink/purple on the wings.  Not too over the top and quite apt for autumn?

There had to be an all purple pair.  Who doesn't like purple!  Same design as before but I kept it all purple with a little addition of turquoise seeds to break it up ever so slightly.  

And a third pair in a different design.  Did you notice how sari silk (and sari trimming on the third pair) have snuck their way into all these earrings.  That massive stash of all things fabric is proving to be very useful right now.  

I'm planning on doing a big Etsy shop update sometime next week.  These plus more will become part of that long as my plan works 😅

See you again soon.
Suhana 💖💖💖

My Etsy shop: Buttoned Up Beads

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Dragonflies and Faux Australian Koroit Opals

One thing about suffering from a chronic illness, I end up spending a lot of time (sadly) laying down, thinking and designing things in my head. One of things I do is work through various creative ideas in my brain, and try to work out all the kinks so that when I feel well enough, then I can actually implement things quickly. Kind of like hitting the ground running.

So, among the many ideas swirling around in my coconut, the idea of making some 'faux' Australian Koroit Opals had been swimming in there for quite some time. I figured it was time to try it out, and see what happens! Yay!!

So this is what I ended up with. I made several oval-shaped faux opals (some smaller, and these slightly larger ones), and picked a pair to use in these dragonfly earrings:

Faux Koroit Boulder Opals Sterling Silver Dragonfly Earrings by Nathalie Lesage

I'm also fond of charm necklaces, but wanted to make some 'charm earrings' since we're all about earrings here. Extremely lightweight (gotta love Polymer clay for reducing the weight on our earlobes!) these cuties are ready to play and explore the world with you! These measure 2.5" tall x 1" wide.

I used some 20g Sterling Silver wire to make the hoops, added a bit of textures while cold-forging, and decided to go with a pair of fun twisted sterling silver jump rings to suspend my faux opals. I kept the rest simple (truth: I made these quickly before running out of light to take pictures and write this post..... haven't been well at all lately)... so fun little Sterling dragonflies, and a few sparkling Czech glass beads became part of this little party.

I'm happy on how these turned out, but I want to try again and go a bit finer on the chunks of host-rock (the brown areas) I think. It's definitely fun, and I'll keep at it. Practice makes perfect!

I have a showcase planned on FB for October 1st. I'll be selling some faux opals and other polymer clay handmade jewelry components (Search for the Handmade Beads and Findings FB group to discover lots of great handmade jewelry components makers!).

In the meantime, these earrings can be found in my Etsy shop HERE, along with other jewelry supplies. I've started to list some of my personal gemstones collection on Etsy too. I'm just too unwell to make much jewelry, and I need to part with some of my stash.

Have a wonderful weekend! I can't believe September is almost done already...

Visit my Etsy shops:
My Garden Of Love
The Crafty Tribe
Nat Lesage Designs

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Green Eyes and a Heart Of Gold

Hello, beady peeps!  Loralee here, so nice to be back!

One of the coolest discoveries I made at The Bead & Button Show this year was that Golem Design Studio  came out with a smaller size lentil bead, and it's perfect for earrings!  

Below is one of the sets that I purchased.  The folk art pattern is just so warm and friendly.  

I played around with a few ideas but that green looked so amazing with brass that I knew in an instant I didn't need to look further.  I then layered some decorative wire on top of the hammered discs. Since the wire was also shiny brass, I decided to add some patina paint to make them stand out a bit. 

Here are some small round Golem beads that paired wonderfully with  drops from Josephine Beads!   Don't they look like gourds?  The colors and pattern of the charms are like tribal, meets autumn, meets a 1970's kitchen!!  They just make you feel good.

While looking through photos I ran across this pair I did a couple of years ago. The colors just had to be included in this blog post, right?!  Rich green and the warmth of brass again...perfect. These etched and extra crusty glass beads are the creation of Kay Mallery.  So much texture like Roman glass.  Kay's beads are ones that I reach for time and time again.

I wanted each piece to stand out on their own so I made extra large hoops in the center.  I think it makes an interesting look.

I'm am so happy it's autumn, I feel totally alive!  I'm crazy in love with this season.

I'll be back in a couple of weeks!  See you then!

Loralee xo

Loralee Kolton Jewerly - artful in beads

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

My New Finds

Hello everyone! Jetta here, filling in for the lovely Norbel :)

I recently found these adorable tin charms by Star Spirit Studios. I am always on the look out for new and unique beads to go crazy over. I loved the way they looked and ordered 4 pairs.

I immediately fell in love with how they felt in my hands when they arrived. They are light weight and so easy to work with in lovely color palettes.

These have got to be my favorite pair of the four. The tin charms have a cherry flower pattern that made me think of Japan. I stacked red and grey lampwork beads from Jodie Marshall with black patina wire dangles from Miss Fickle Media.

The next pair have some beautiful powder blue flower tins. The dark blue lampwork beads are again from Jodie Marshall and the mint blue lampwork beads from Glass by Leese. I just wanted to finish them off simply so decided on some dainty Vintaj chain loops. And since the tins were a bit bigger than the others I chose tiny ear wires.

Another red pair I just saw circles when I looked at them! Va-voom red flowers on these tins I coupled with yummy red African recycled glass rings. But the red glass rings seemed lonely so I found these black twisted rings from Fallen Angel Brass. I am thinking the black is too dark. I haven't decided yet whether I will play with my patinas to lighten them or not



The last pair are these cuties. I fell in love with these first, they have all the colors I am crazy about.
This was the last pair I turned into earrings so I went simple with orange enamel bead caps from Gardanne Beads and bright pink hand painted acrylic flowers from Vintage Meadows Artworks.

I love finding new artisan beads. But just as exciting, I got to use my older artisan beads, too!!

I hope you have a great week and it is jam packed with creativity and beads,

Belt It Out!

I am participating in a upcycled art show in February.  A friend gave me an old belt of her husband's, that I might use as a base for a bracelet, for the show.  But in the meantime, I decided to do a little warm-up practice and make a pair of earrings with a section of the belt.
On the left, you can see that the belt was in really bad shape.  The woven pieces were so worn out, that they were useless.  So I decided to see what would happen if I removed them.  To my surprise, there was the underlying structure you see on the right, above.  All those holes!  Oooo!  I knew I could use those.  Each of my earrings today, consist of a strip of belt, containing two small holes and one larger hole.
I attached my ceramic ovals to the upper small hole.  The glaze I used on the ovals turns green and blue in random places during firing, so each piece is always unique. Then, I created dark green tassels to dangle from the lower hole. I finished them off with handmade brass ear wires.
On a different note - Washington and Oregon were blessed with rain today after several dry months and terrible wildfires.  The fires are not only devastatingly destructive, but the smoke has caused lung and eye problems as well.  My heart goes out to everyone who has experienced the opposite problem, with torrential rains and tornadoes.  Stay safe friends.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The joy of copper washers!

So, I decided to order some copper washers and have a go at using them in some earring designs. These versatile little copper hoops aren't just great for plumbing -oh no! The joy of bashing them with a hammer to give them texture, and oxidising them to give them added depth of colour, sanding them back to get just the shade of warm coppery goodness i want, and then waxing them to seal all of that prettiness in. Well, actually it was fairly laborious, but worth it! I wanted to show you a couple of slightly different designs using them.

Both of these pairs of earrings feature gorgeous enamelled discs by the fabulous Kimberley Rogers of Numinosity Beads and earwires by Lucy Haslam (a professional copper basher) of  Faerystone. This first pair echo the warm coppery tones of the copper washers, and I just added a jump ring wrapped with teeny tiny coppery seed beads.

This second pair have such a pretty lilac colour on the discs. I thought I'd pick this up in the lilac seed beads. Finished these off with some semi-wrapped handmade copper hoops from a design by Cindy Wimmer of  The Missing Link (a great wire-wrapping book)

Hope you like them! They'll be available over on The Jewellery Show on Facebook on the 25th Sept. See you in a couple of weeks