Monday, September 23, 2013

New Rings

New Rings
I've never made many rings to sell. I like to make them for myself, however. The main reason is that there are so many different sizes. Of course you can always wear a small ring on your pinkie or a large ring on your pointer finger.
I'm going to make some new rings now and forget about the problem of many sizes. :-)
You may remember the Chain Maille ring I featured in January called "The Perfect Ring" I featured it on a post you can see here
You may order by clicking here. I still suggest we talk about sizing first. Email questions to me
One of the easiest things to work around the sizing problem is to make them adjustable. I made a few wire rings that fill that bill.

Then I made one when I was learning about  "Playing with Wire"You can see that post too. This one is slightly adjustable.
So, I'm on to Chapter 2 of ring making.
I've mentioned that I have been teaching Kumihimo at the Ames Free Library Bead Group. At our last meeting we discussed future things we would like to learn or teach. I thought about the adjustable rings I mentioned and they liked the idea. We were able to come up with 10 different projects so that  everyone could share their skills. What a group!

As things will, the very next day I found a reference in an email to "making easy wire rings with beads" A YouTube tutorial. Wow, just what I needed. So following the tutorial I made these rings.It isn't hard and I decided it would be fun to make more. This is made in my size, of course, but sizing didn't seem to be a problem and the variations would be endless. Different colors, bead sizes etc.
Let me know your ring size and color preferences and I'll make one just for you!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Need a quick gift?

Need a quick gift?
(I have them!)
The other day I had a call from a friend. She needed a quick gift for a co-worker. Did I have any thing that would fill the bill? I asked her price range and when she came over, I had two drawers of suggestions.
We decided on earrings. I asked her the color she would like. Blue. So, I pulled out any that had blue in them or would go with blue.
Success! My customer liked the earrings and I was told later, that her friend did too.
I've posted about earrings before. You can see the "Lots of Earrings" post here.
Of course, there are other things available for quick gifts. One of my favorites is the Glass Dome Pendant collection.These can be a very personal gift. The person's initial or a specific favorite flower, location, sport, hobby etc. The music G-Clef is a popular choice.
Note: these pendants do have a glass dome that doesn't show in the picture due to the extreme shininess and glare. See more in the video on the right hand column or on the website.
If you live close enough to come over, that is a great way to choose that special gift. Not only can you see items in person, you can walk out with your purchase.
If not, email me your request and I can send pictures that will fill the bill.
An other idea Pendants
There are many styles to choose from.
For other gift ideas check out the other videos on the right or the Ring by Ring Designs' shop on line.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Pantone colors for Fall 2013

Pantone colors
for Fall
I've posted about Pantone colors before. Pantone is the "authority" for what's new in colors. Pantone Inc, a company in Carlstadt, NJ, is best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), a proprietary color space used in a variety of industries, primarily printing, though sometimes in the manufacture of colored paint, fabric, and plastics.
The color names always make me chuckle a bit. After Emerald comes Mykonos Blue then Linden Green. Not too bad.

Then comes Acai - after Oprah's "superfood" I guess. The Acai berry looks a little like a blueberry. Then colors of Samba and Koi. I understand Koi, like Koi fish but Samba. What is that about?

Deep Lichen Green and then Vivacious and my favorite color name: Turbulence, sort of a medium gray followed by Carafe.

I spent some time reading the color names and trying to picture, in my mind, what the color would be. With these names, I "got" some but some not.
I do enjoy reading about color pallets and combining the "new" fashion colors. You can read more about the Pantone colors for women (yes, they have colors for women and colors for men) on the Pantone site. It is interesting reading.

Monday, September 2, 2013

New Earrings-Special

New Earrings
I taught a chain maille class on Friday. The new design was from Scott David Plumlee. He calls it "Side Knot Byzantine".

Because my students are proficient in Byzantine, the class focused on the Side Knot. As we were making the pretty knots, I realized that just a knot would make nice earrings and thus -  the latest earring pattern:
You may have noticed that the title mentioned "Special". Since I have not been offering Friday specials lately, I thought it might be appropriate to offer "Introductory specials". My website cart does not allow me to offer discounts so as a "work around" I have made a new page on the site that is not easily found without the specific link. (I'm about to give that to you) That way you will be able to take advantage of these specials.
For specials this week, I've added the matching bracelet and another new earring design. Hope you will like them.
The Side Knot Byzantine Bracelet and earrings shown together:
And here is the other new earring design:
And, now, for the important link for special pricing. I'm going to type the link so you can copy and keep it somewhere (or book  mark the page) for the future. You will notice that the specials will change, however.
Let me know what you think about the Introductory Specials.