Thursday, January 19, 2012

Double Link Copper Bracelet

Double Link Copper Necklace
with Olivine and Window Coins

Finally, I have progressed on my project of a new necklace to where I can show everyone. It looks finished but there are a few "do-overs" required. I agree it really doesn't show in the picture but trust me, some of the wire work is ugly. While making a piece, the design comes first then the "neatness". At least for me, especially, in this case.

The colors need to be moved around too. Notice there are three beads all in a row? Not what I would like to see. So, while the wire do-overs are being done, I plan to rearrange some beads too.

Here is a close up of the dangles and maybe you can see the changes that I'm talking about better.

Here is a close up of the clasp and chain in the back. There is a sun on the ring.

This is a rather different type of necklace for me. It is bold and chunky - and not silver. Please let me know if you like this direction or this particular necklace. Double Link Copper necklace is available on Ring by Ring Designs website.

I've also been working on a new pin in the Lexie Jewelry line. It should be at least designed soon. I've had some problems finding parts that would work with our design.  Stay tuned.

There is also a seed bead bracelet I'm working on that is a little frustrating. Only because I'm really not a big fan of using seed beads. That is called an "attitude" problem. But I'm determined as I like the results - should I get to that point.  ;-)

Purchase the new Double Link Copper Necklace here

Until this Friday's special and next week,



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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Spring Colors

Spring Colors
Pantone recommendations
Let me first thank those who responded with answers to my questions last week. It is very helpful. (If you did not have a chance to respond, I would still like to hear from you.)
Last fall, I had a post entitled Matching your jewelry. I shared the predicted colors for fall as recommended by Pantone, the be all end all of color in both fashion and for the home.
You may like to know that 2012 Color of the Year is Pantone's Color "Tangerine Tango". It is a great color but doesn't personally excite me as that color doesn't look good on me. But it will explain why you will start seeing it a lot in spring and summer clothes.
There are other colors recommended, too, such as Solar Power and Bellflower.
That is a bright yellow!
Another combination is Cabaret and Sodalite Blue. Ah, these are more my colors.
You can see more color choices and how designers are using these colors for spring at the Pantone site  It is really packed with interesting information. (They have the spring colors for men again, too)
I found the color Sodalite Blue interesting as Sodalite is one of my favorite gemstones. The color is very much like the more expensive Lapis Luzuli. Both have streaks of white. In Egyptian times, Lapis Lazuli was worth more than gold. Sodalite and Lapis Lazuli are supposed to give you inner healing and help clear and calm the mind.
One of my favorite bracelets is a memory wire bracelet made with Sodalite chips and pearls. It is a one size fits most, too.  (I don't have it on my site, but if you are interested, send me an email.)
I've shared my likes and dislikes pertaining to the new colors for Spring. Do you find any of these colors interesting? Don't like them?  I'd love to hear you thoughts.
The several new pieces in the works are still in the works. Hopefully, I'll have them finished by next week. (I had several orders and they take precedence over new things. Nice problem...)
Until this Friday's special and next week,
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year 2012

I'm hoping you all had a great holiday season and are ready for a new year. Well, ready or not here is 2012!
Do you like the new look of the newsletter?

You might like to know that the two bracelets I made for my granddaughters were well received.  I also, gave a memory wire bracelet "kit" to my oldest granddaughter. She has helped me make some before on one of our trips to visit.  I pulled out my drawer of seed beads and let her choose the colors and combinations of beads she would like. Shortly, she had a great bracelet to wear with her "Frog" bracelet.

I didn't get a picture of my other granddaughter's bracelet, unfortunately, but it looked nice on her.

Have you made any New Year's resolutions? I have not made anything specific. Just trying to keep up and make a few goals. I'll be counting on you, my list of customers and friends, to help me with some of those goals. I rely on your input to be able to supply you with things you would like to see.

I've determined that most of you don't like to respond to my questions.   ;-)   I can understand that. I don't reply often to newsletters I read either. 

The most helpful things I would like to know are things like:
  • Do  you wear bracelets, necklaces, earrings more than the other?
  • What are your favorite colors?
  • What are your favorite metals? Silver, gold, gunmetal...?
  • Do you have a favorite Ring by Ring Designs piece or technique?
​I have several new pieces in the works. Hopefully, I'll have finished by next week.

Here are two I have Recently finished. Both Kumihimo bracelets. One matches the necklace I recentlyfeatured in a previous post.

Until next week,


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