If you have a loved one, you probably love Valentine’s Day. What a nice day to put all of that hustle bustle on hold and bring out the romance. Everyone has their own ideas about what romance should be. To me, it doesn’t have to be a big fancy thing, like dinner or some special event. I just love having my sweet husband look into my eyes and tell me he loves me and just snuggling up together and spending some special time with each other. Although, not necessary, flowers are always wonderful to me….I just love flowers. I’m one of those sweet, sappy romantics.
For those who like to show their love through getting a gift for their woman, the love of their life, jewelry is always something most women love to receive. That special sparkle, the thing that a woman can wear that makes her think of her sweetheart.
I as an artist, enjoy creating jewelry that may be that special piece. I love working with pearls, crystal, gemstones, wire….the materials used to make that one special piece.
Please take a minute and look at the special pieces that I picked for Valentine’s Day.
If you’re interested in the sterling silver vintage upcycled heart in the picture, here is the link.
First of all, sorry for being gone so long from writing in this blog. With that said…in this post, I will tell you about my expansion into designing and making jewelry that has vintage elements added. I have a lot of old vintage jewelry past down through my family…and it occured to me that I would enjoy taking these vintage items apart and cleaning them to re-use and upcycle into new jewelry…I love doing this.
This beautiful necklace is approx. 18 in. / 46 cm long.
Being upcycled, I took the original vintage necklace and cleaned and restrung the graduated creamy vintage faux pearls with durable flexible jewelry wire (coated with nylon). I added tiny silver lined opal czech glass beads in between each pearl. In the front where the pearls are largest, I added 4 (4mm)Swarovski silver crystal bicones to give that final sparkly touch. Finally, I re-added the original vintage sterling silver clasp. The findings that I used were sterling silver also.
You can see this necklace here http://www.etsy.com/listing/66568783/romantic-upcycled-vintage-pearl-necklace
This necklace would make a lovely Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day gift or would be great for a wedding for the bride or bridesmaid.
Hand beading jewelry is enjoyable work for me…maybe it’s not really work… it’s so enjoyable. Doing this, of course, is part of my job as an artist, since I sell my jewelry at BohemianIce Etsy.
This necklace, I just listed, is a Native American style beaded necklace. I really first started with making the 1″ square beaded pendant by using waxed linen thread and using the square stitch on my selected beads. I then used thin flexible jewelry wire to make the dangles that hang from the 1″ square…attaching them by using sterling silver crimp beads.
I then strung the 30″ necklace part on the same durable jewelry wire by adding various shape and color glass beads, paua shell beads, glass bugle beads, and large green glass bugle beads…finally attaching the pendant to the necklace using one of the large green bugle beads.
To see the listing on etsy and to get more information about this necklace, please check it out at this link http://www.etsy.com/listing/43467236/native-american-style-hand-beaded
At Bohemian Ice Jewelry Etsy, many prices have been reduced for the End of Summer Blowout…..necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Also, I am happy to announce that the shipping fees have changed to $2.00 on first item…$0 on the rest of the items in your order. Yes, that’s only a total of $2.00 shipping on any order. So, have a look at my artisan bling. Satisfaction guaranteed.
I love to do custom orders….it’s so rewarding to make something for someone and have it turn out just the way that they want it. This photo is just part of an order that I had for an upcoming wedding. This necklace and earring set was made for the bride. I used freshwater pearls in white and cranberry….the white pearls had Swarovski crystals embedded in them…what sparkle! I used Swarovski crystals to accent the pearls also, and an awesome rose clasp with crystals.
I also did the bridesmaids jewelry, the flower girls jewelry, and the mothers of the couple. Anyone interested in having their perfect piece hand-crafted by an artisan, I would love the opportunity to oblige. Check out my other jewelry at Bohemian Ice or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m a fine artist….digital artist…..photographer…..jewelry artist…..gardener…..don’t you think that I have enough to do…..and then add in daughter, wife, friend….mother….Christian…and the list goes on. I’m not trying to sound harsh or anything, but don’t you think I have enough to do besides being an advertiser, salesperson, blogger, small business data entry person…the list goes on…….I HATE PROMOTION!!!
WELL, now that I got THAT off my chest!!!! It’s just so hard for people who aren’t salespeople, to be salespeople…..I want to sell my stuff, but it just gets crazy sometimes……create the item (the part I enjoy)….add it to your online store (not my favorite, but I’ll survive)….twitter it…..twitter it….twitter it again…..facebook it…..blog it…..and on and on…..the list seems so endless! I’m just a shameless complainer 😀
Well, do a girl a favor and check out my stuff here Bohemian Ice Artisan Jewelry and here Alive With Color (art and photography…still adding to this one)…..thanks….that feels better 🙂
As a jewelry artist, next to Swarovski Crystal, freshwater pearls are my favorite to work with….when making a piece of jewelry with them, it’s like instant gratification seeing how nice the piece is turning out. Pearls are so classic and beautiful. They go with everything.
I just finished a necklace and earring set done in green freshwater pearls and unakite (a green and brick colored gemstone) and I’ve just posted them for sale in my etsy store “Bohemian Ice.” The earrings are gold-plated (earwires & dangle) and the toggle on the necklace is gold-plated also. I always try to use quality materials in all of my creations, and that includes jewelry, painting, photography, etc.
Here’s the links to the necklace http://www.etsy.com/listing/49738703/green-freshwater-pearl-and-unakite and the earrings http://www.etsy.com/listing/49737907/green-freshwater-pearl-and-unakite?ref=v1_other_2