Cooper-Hewitt Museum's People's Design Award

My really great husband, Eric, a University of North Texas design prof, nominated my braille alphabet bracelet for a Cooper-Hewitt Museum People's Design Award. I would be thrilled to make it to finals - it would mean more awareness of braille, and be pretty cool, to boot!

So, if you would, take a moment to go to this link and vote; it's a vote for braille literacy awareness!

I'll be taking a couple of jewelry classes this weekend that will, I'm sure, boost my creative juices, giving me the impetus for designing in a few new directions with new materials. Look for some fun new pieces in the next couple of weeks!

Thanks so much and best to you!

If you're interested in purchasing a braille alphabet bracelet, here's a handy buy me button!

Braille Alphabet Bracelet: $47.50

A Little Etsy Update...

The work in progress that I featured last week here is now completed and listed in my Etsy shop! It's one of my first pieces for my Wedding Collection for Fall/Winter...
Eglantine is a type of rose {as well as a rather romantic sounding girl's name} and living up to its inspiration, this bracelet features some sumptuous, petal-soft silk ribbon in a deep shade of red. I love how the rich color contrasts with the sparkly, lightness of the lace, which is almost snowflake like...
I think it would be perfect for a winter wedding... and there is some versatility in how it can be worn, as I've made the ribbon ties extra long. 
I've wrapped them twice around my wrist for an interesting layered effect, but it could also be worn once around for a larger bow, or even as a choker...
And I was recently invited to be part of the Independent Jewelry Goddesses' Facebook group-- a gathering of many talented jewelry designers who create upscale jewelry and sell on Etsy. It's been awhile since I made a Treasury, so this weekend I decided to create one spotlighting a design from each of the designers in the group 
{as well as a few other Etsy favorites!}

If you like beautiful jewelry by indie designers, then you might like to visit the group here.


Week 38-Woven Labrodorite Necklace

My favorite stone, labradorite. This one is set in a netted bezel and attached to two 18 gauge wires woven together and then intertwined. What a PITA. I stuggled to get both sides even and I'm still not sure they are.

Week 37-Some Etching

I did some copper etching last week. The earrings were inspired by Cindy Wimmer's necklace in the last Step By Step Wire. They're not for the faint of heart measuring about 2 7/8" long. The skyline bangle is 1 1/2" wide and was done with a stamp and Staz-on ink which I then went over with a Sharpie. The waves bangle is 1" wide and also used a stamp for the design.

Week 36-Silver Tassel Pendant

This pendant was inspired by Lynne Merchant, an artist who has probably been an inspiration for most of the wire jewelry makers of today. I've always admired her beautiful tassels and challenged myself to try something similar. I did solder the largest outside ring that the loops and dangles hang from. The top part is a spiral which I thought I would do in a manner similar to Iza's bead cap. But I was trying to do it from memory having only done it once years ago and just couldn't wrap my head around the weave. Plus I don't think I really had enough spirals to do it effectively. So all I can say is it's held together. :D Now if I just had Mary Tucker's stick-to-itiveness, I would work on this until it's perfect. But making one wore me out. LOL

Scenes from the Studio...

Today I've been working on these little earrings, a custom order for a bride...
I just finished them this afternoon and am pretty happy with how they turned out! They're very dainty and vintage looking, with lots of rhinestones stitched on by hand and some large champagne colored freshwater pearls... 
I've also been creating lots of tiny little lace motifs to adorn the tops of every package that I send out. I like to sit and create a batch of them so that I have them ready to go when I am packaging up my orders...
To see what other bloggers are working on in their studios this week, be sure to visit Kirsty's blog!
Hope everyone in the States had a nice Labor Day Weekend! I had a good one--my birthday was on Saturday, so I took some time off to celebrate :)

New Tutorial-Crowned Jewel Pendant

I promised someone I would do a tutorial for this pendant and, being the procrastinator that I am, it only took me a year to get it done. I designed it as a way to showcase some lovely lampwork focal beads that I had. Every one will be unique depending on your choice of materials. I included two pages of instructions on coiling with a drill, including how to make your own mandrel, as well as some other tips and timesaving techniques. I have it listed in my both my Etsy and Artfire shops.
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