Posts tagged ‘delicate’

the people have spoken!

recently i took a moment to look back through my etsy sales, in honor of reaching a little personal milestone of mine–30 sales.  woohoo!  if you sell your handiwork and haven’t taken inventory of your popular items, i recommend doing this.  it was eye-opening for me.

as i lamented to my husband, more of my sales have come from my bigger fashion jewelry than my delicate semi-precious pieces.  don’t get me wrong, i’m not complaining, it’s just that the delicate pieces are more ‘me’.  my husband reminded me–dutifully, as only a significant other can–that i had expressed this concern when first including my chunkier pieces.  basically: what if people don’t like the stuff i want them to like?  okay, you have to say it in a whiny voice to really nail this one.

i went back and forth.

i mean…i want to follow my passion, but i also want sales.  i believe that art doesn’t have to be pretty or popular, but there’s still rent to pay.  and then i read this etsy storque article by amanda steinberg of dailyworth.com.  the short of it: the important thing is not what you sell, it’s the plan behind the sales.

so.  my answer to myself after a few days–okay, a few weeks–of wallowing: wah.  sales were the whole point of starting this venture!  (i mean, other than having an excuse to buy more beads.)  but the goal of getting out there and reading up on how to do it right and working on branding and starting a facebook page and getting a twitter account: sales.  (turns out i like twitter, but i digress).

i don’t get to pick what other people like.  besides, i like all the stuff i make.  so *there* little ego.  and you know what one thing all my sales have in common?  i would love to wear any of them!  you all seem to like my favorites the best!

i can make what people want!

and i can still make what i want, whether or not it sells as well.  i think we can call that a healthy compromise.  after all that whining, the nutshell version is that you may notice an influx of larger pieces coming to my etsy store.

all i can say is, “you asked for it.”

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May 24, 2010 at 8:48 am 2 comments

blue skies sneak peek!

today’s blue skies have made me think of gorgeous blue gemstones, like iolite, which is a beautiful indigo blue.  yummy!  i combined two delicate sterling silver chains of different lengths to get this stunner.  i’ve seen so many multi-chain necklaces this season, and i love them, but they’re so bold and strong; i wanted to create a lighter version.  and i love it!

hope you do, too.

look for it soon at my etsy store.

April 28, 2010 at 8:12 pm Leave a comment

more branches!

when i saw this cast sterling silver branch, i knew i had to have it.  when it arrived in the mail, i spent a long time thinking about how to do it justice.  i wanted to highlight it’s delicate nature and organic form but i didn’t want to overwhelm it’s simple elegance.

so i decided to hang some wire-wrapped gemstones from the branch: a single rock crystal and three  peridot drops.  to bring out the beautiful green of the peridot, i added more wire-wrapped peridot to the sterling silver chain all the way around and i finished it with a sterling silver lobster clasp.

it’s available at my etsy store for $42 USD.

February 26, 2010 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment

wow! who knew?!

march is colorectal cancer awareness month.  american red cross month.  women’s history month (celebrate international women’s day on march 8th) .

it’s got the first day of spring, national reading day (celebrating dr. seuss‘s birthday on march 2nd), and texas independence day (yeehaw! get the day off in texas on march 2nd).  new mexico celebrates pluto planet (?!) day on march 13th, we all celebrate the assassination of julius cesar during the ides of march (march 15th), and–pinch me!  kiss me!–who could forget saint patrick’s day, another excuse for hallmark to make green, on march 17th.  and of course, there’s the annual christian rite of biting the heads off chocolate bunnies.  i mean, easter.

march has its own flower: the narcissus, a pretty little plant that forces it’s way up through the earth around this time of year as it insists that it is, finally, spring.  if you’re in macon, georgia, celebrate the cherry blossom festival march 19-28.  if you’re in japan, watch for “blossom forecasts” and go out and and have a picnic as you engage in hanami, the custom for enjoying the beauty of flowers (also usually cherry blossoms).

and then there’s the beautiful birthstone of march: aquamarine, pictured above in a wire-wrapped pendant with rock crystal, apatite, and a deep blue swarovski crystal.  look for it soon at my etsy store!

and don’t forget to save a spider on march 14th and drink up for world water day on march 22nd.

February 25, 2010 at 5:10 pm Leave a comment

smoky beauty

oooh!  i’m so happy with how this turned out.  it’s glamorous.  it’s fabulous.  it begs to go out on the town or down to the pub.  i love the inclusions in the rutilated quartz and the handmade chain with the burnished, oxidized sterling silver.

i’ve hung the rich, faceted smoky quartz nugget from a chain that is made of rutilated quartz wire-wrapped on oxidized sterling silver. it’s finished it with an oxidized sterling silver lobster clasp; i’ve hand-burnished the metal to give it a little shine.

dress it up or dress it down, this smoky beauty is sure to wow.

available at my etsy store for $72 USD.  it’s part of the urban prairie collection.

matching earrings soon to follow!

February 20, 2010 at 10:39 am Leave a comment

cool water kyanite

kyanite has this cool ability to reflect light while showing off its inky depths.  it reminds me of a deep mountain lake sparkling in the sunlight.

i combined it with some of the sterling silver that i have oxidized and hand-burnished to a high shine.  the cool blue black brings out the inclusions of the stone.

i couldn’t find a single strand that looked just right with this stone, so i entwined a royal blue leather cord with a periwinkle hand-dyed and sewn silk cord.  it’s finished off with more oxidized sterling silver hardware.

it’s available at my etsy store for $38 USD and wants to go out on the town with you.  part of the delicas collection.

February 17, 2010 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment

one bourbon, one scotch, and one beer…

well, okay, they’re not exactly my tribute to george thoroughgood, but they are fabulously delicious.

i recently learned how to oxidized and hand-burnish sterling silver to give that shiny metal a little dark edge.  the oxidizing deepens the color, ranging from a reddish coppery hue to a dark blue-black. for these beauties, i took the wire out of the sulphur solution about halfway through, so they are a dark grey color.  then i hand-burnished them with a brass brush to even out the tone and give them some shine.

when paired with smoky quartz, citrine, and hessonite (an orange garnet), they look infinitely better than bright white sterling slver.  they’re available at my etsy store for $32 USD and are part of my delicas collection.

perfect for adding an edgy classiness to just about any outfit, day or night, they would make a great valentine’s gift (wink, wink; nudge, nudge!).  they can still get to you in time as long as you order by the 10th of february.  i’ll continue to donate $5 for every purchase made at my etsy store until v-day to benefit the victim’s of the earthquakes in haiti.  sure to warm everyone’s heart.

February 6, 2010 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

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