Since Mother's Day is coming up on May 9th I thought I would have a little sale!
Handmade jewelry is really the perfect gift for the moms who like jewelry.... Over the years I have started to really dislike a lot of the mass-produced pieces from stores. In my experience this stuff breaks pretty easily because it contains lower quality (cheaper) components, or was put together quickly without care. I have also found that stores carry pretty much the same kinds of necklaces, they need to carry what's popular and trendy, after all. However, I like something a little more unique and I try hard to make things that are a bit different (hence my love of antique brass in many of my pieces). These are just a few of the reasons I like to make (and buy!) handmade jewelry. Let me know your thoughts on buying handmade!
Friday, April 23, 2010 | | 1 Comments
Mirabilia is latin for miracles or marvels.... I think I first saw that word on a tea package somewhere, and it's stuck with me... it rolls off the tongue... Mirabilia....
While designing some new necklaces the word Mirabilia came to me again.... these necklaces have a little bit of everything in them -- beads from here, there, and everywhere that I have collected over the past couple of years..... vintage glass beads from a stash my father found at a garage sale; millefiori beads with purple, white, and a bit of red; clay and stoneware beads from one of my favorite bead shops here in Austin; a deep burgundy pearl and a beautiful purple agate slice; a purple felted bead; and various other purple beads in my supply stash, and a mix of all different shades of purple czech crystals.
Sunday, April 18, 2010 | | 1 Comments
Friday, April 16, 2010 | | 0 Comments
a mix of teal, brown, patinaed brass, & minty yellowy-green
Okay so it's just a table top but work bench sounds so much more.... professional. Don't you think?
I'll have some new pieces soon!
Thursday, April 08, 2010 | | 0 Comments
Antique brass - this term refers to a darkened brass, it does not necessarily mean that the material used is antique or old.
Patina - refers to a coating or film on the surface of a metal. Different metals patina to different colors, and this can be manipulated in various ways - through the application of heat or chemicals, varying the time of exposure, or just letting nature take its course. The term patina is also used to describe a mellowing or wearing of the metal that happens with time.
Gunmetal - an alloy of copper, tin, and zinc.
****** to be continued ******
Sunday, April 04, 2010 | | 0 Comments
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