Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Pearl Jam

A Gallery of my Wire Wrapped Pearl Rings....

All featured rings are custom made for a perfect fit and are available at:
Beaded Bauble for only $16 each.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Pearl Wire Wrapped Rings

Pink Pearl Ring


There is something so feminine about pearls. They are elegant and timeless, not to mention versatile and lovely.

Pearl also make great beads to wire wrap into rings. With just a couple of notes. It is difficult to find a pearl, large enough, with a large enough hole to accomodate 20 guage wire.

This is where you have a couple of options. You can either drop your wire down to 22 guage but it is not recomended to use a lower gauge due to the lack of strength and structure for the ring.

Or, you can use Swarovski crystal pearls with large holes. That is what I have used here. Swarovski's crystal faux pearls have a leaded crystal core that makes them heavier, and Swarovski's pearl coating is similar to a natural pearl lustre and is consistent in color.

It is also resistant to perspiration, UV rays, perfumes, scratches and washing and warms to the skin like real pearls do.There is nothing lovelier than a freshwater pearl in a wire wrapped ring.

The next time you are at a bead shop or attend a bead show, bring along a snippet of 20 guage wire and hunt out pearls that will fit the'll have a better selection which will result in pretty rings with organic shapes.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Confessions of a Wire Wrapping Junkie

Fun to make, easy to create...wire wrapped rings. I am a wire wrapping junkie. Self taught by watching multiple You Tube videos, some good...most madening...and hundres of wire wrapped rings later, I've gotten it. I think.

While sterling silver wire is alway a good, if not high end choice for wrapping rings, I prefer to use the Artistic non-tarnish silver wire. It is bright, won't scratch or fade, and as the name says, non-tarnish. This no fuss wire is perfect for rings who's fingers they sit on are busy with dishes, gardening and daily life.
This ring features a Swarovski Golden Shadow helix crystal, wrapped with non-tarnish silver and sells for $18.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Finding your Inner Designer

The wonderful thing about jewelry design is that, even though designers may use the same or similar materials for their jewelry pieces, everyone has their own spin on things. My talent, or so I have been told a time or two, is in combining colors to make beautiful, striking pieces. I like to think I have talent beyond that. If you are a jewelry designer, you will know that style and skills continually change. I could barely stand to make the same piece twice...and so I didn't.

Although most of my beads used are Swarovski crystals and easily ordered via the Internet or found at bead stores, I like to find special gemstones at shows...not only are there a huge amount to choose from, they are one third the price of bead stores. Beaded Bauble designs, therefore, are naturally original as the gemstones incorporated are all unique and can't be reordered for the most part.

This soft toned bracelet on the left features Chinese crystals in soft green and cubic zirconia and Swarovski crystals in shades of purple. Bali sterling silver accents zig zag throughout.

Finding Your Thing

OK, I admit it. It took me a while to find my thing...I mean, of design. Had I known way back then what I know now, I would have gone to Italy and studied jewelry design instead of going to college and studying business. Turns out though, that one thing leads to another. Today, I have the privilege of combining two loves...Internet marketing (my other part time job) and jewelry design.

Featured (left) is one of my signature designs...a leather lariat cascading with turquoise nuggets, freshwater button pearls and Swarovski AB-coated crystals. Find this and pieces like this at eBay!

When I left my position at my advertising agency, leaving my partner to handle it completely so that I could be home with my two young girls, the Internet was just emerging it's very static head. Jump forward almost 9 years and well, you know how dynamic and social the Internet is today. During those 9 years, I developed my craft at jewelry design and explored every different way to sell it. I became so engrossed in the act of designing that I didn't want to bother with the sales.

That being said, I'd set up my tables every Saturday morning at 7:00 am at the nearest outdoor market and sell away. Nothing in my experience compares with a heartfelt compliment from customers and browsers. I have also sold at an outdoor kiosk at Oakbrook Shopping Center, a very upscale outdoor shopping mall located in Chicago's suburban Oak Brook. I used faux crystal chandeliers and soft green organza to accessorize my cart. I loved being there but the hours were long and it cost a great deal to have employees man the booth 7 days a week. I have also sold at many craft and art shows in the area as well as had retail space and have been in retail stores. The one area where I was weakest is now my strongest area...Internet sales.
Like I said, while I was away at home, the Internet boomed and e-commerce took off. Although keenly aware of the Internets capabilities, I didn't posses the know how and the tools to effectively market my jewelry...until my recent return to advertising . It took me almost a full year to get up to speed on things like Search Engine Optimization and A/B splitting on email marketing campaigns, etc. but here I am.

Long story short, or not, this is my jewelry blog. My hope is to be successful on eBay, open a store, and hopefully, one day, you'll read about it under success stories.