Posts tagged ‘brown’

another upcycled jewelry board!

i really like how this one turned out!  i even managed it with a mangled hand!  well, now i have a matching bandage on my left index finger, but it’s all good.  this time it was my fault.  i forgot how sharp those exacto blades can be…

i found this sweet vintage frame at an antique store.  separated from all its bits and pieces, it looked kind of sad but like it had potential.  so i took it home.  well if that isn’t just the story of my life.

i cleaned it up and added a few details: i sewed a brown velveteen strip onto a rich taupe silk shantung at the bottom (very secure!); the pocket has an elastic band so it makes a great pocket for rings and bracelets.  i added two strands of grosgrain ribbon for earrings to hang from and 14 brass hooks at the bottom of necklaces.  the brads and buttons at the top are the place for hoops and i include 10 pearl top pins for leverback earrings.  shazam!

the center is foam core, but i’ve added a sheet of thick chip board on the back to give it a finished feel and so that pins don’t poke through.  the frame hangs from a matching grosgrain ribbon; over a nail, a hook, or a door knob.  it even has little rubber bumpers on the back to keep it from scratching your walls.

it’s available at my etsy store for $46 USD as part of the ‘where to put it all’ collection.

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February 17, 2010 at 12:34 am Leave a comment

hand tooled leather meets carnelian

i normally think of hand-tooled leather as being for belts or cowgirl boots, but when i saw these beads, i thought that leather might have a place on ears, too.  the pattern reminds me of a river delta.  or maybe desert dunes.  something soothing in its repetition.

the lines on the leather had been dyed with a lovely orangey-tan, so i looked to carnelian, a personal favorite of mine (yay orange!).  together, they looked so great that i didn’t add much else: just a bali sterling silver spacer.  i hung them from sterling silver earwires; because of how they hang, they have a little movement to them.

they’re available at my etsy store for $22 USD.  part of the urban prairie collection.

February 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

smolder and sparkle

paired with a white t-shirt or rocking the sparkle at night with that little black dress, this duo is ready for anything.

the bracelet has glass beads, swarovski crystals, and freshwater pearls in earthy browns and smoky grays clustered together around a gun metal chain. each cluster is wire-wrapped with sterling silver wire. bracelet measures 7.5 inches long and finishes with a gun metal lobster clasp.  it’s available at my etsy store for $52 USD plus shipping and handling.

the earrings are made from cut swarovski crystals, facted glass, and thai silver spacers.  ear wires are sterling silver and earrings are 1.5 inches in total.  they’re available at my etsy store for $36 USD plus shipping and handling.

December 18, 2009 at 9:35 pm Leave a comment


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