Remember when I was talking about making more glass in the kiln? Well I have been busy making new ones and I wish you could feel the glass in your hands and see it in the light, it has such internal texture. I love the clean roundness of it and thought I would share some pics of what I have been making…
New glass out of the kiln… one pair of earrings from some of it… more to come…. You can see more fused glass on my website at SharonOrellaDesigns.com
Just lately I have been working on a new line of pendants. Using Glass and copper and sometimes sterling silver, I am creating pendants that carry light. At least that is how I think of it. Carrying light means that they are somewhat translucent and have great color and that they light me up when I look at them… LOL! Of course they feature all of my favorite colors! I have a scrumptious red orange, beautiful blue greens and some trippy black and whites. Today I toasted some glass that looks just like warm butterscotch to me… not the store kind but the homemade butterscotch… it is just so warm and yummy that it made me hungry just taking it out of the kiln.
I am make my own bails for some of the pendants, and really enjoying the process. The copper ones so far are my favorites, and I found a great chain to hang them from. You can see what I have available on my website at https://www.sharonorelladesigns.com/
I am still adjusting my photos to remove the SO Art Studio name, as I have decided to simplify my little handmade business by changing over to Sharon Orella Designs for my jewelry creations. I will continue to make my copper artworks, but am really enjoy improving my jewelry bench skills. So coming soon, I will gear up my website to showcase my jewelry and continue making some lovely new items. I also have begun moving some of my jewelry onto Artfire as they have a great google search engine submission and they feed Amazon as well. I will still be on Etsy but it is nice to be in few places for folks to find me.
I am always on the hunt for hand bags, purses, accessories that hold more accessories, by whatever name you call them, they are essentially bags. Here are some of my favorite hand crafted bags made in America. My criteria, you ask… well… Leather construction, bags must be lined, have a good shape and plenty of room. (Each image is a link to where you can purchase the bag, if you are so inclined)
Madeline Chadwick Handbags Based in Los Angeles
Genuine leather. Silver hardware. Two open interior pockets and one zipper pocket. Custom lining.
Handmade by ValhallaBrooklyn Larch bag in buttery soft and sturdy black pebble grain premium grade cow hide
Handmade by ContraBandCouture Butterscotch brown with, Two pockets on the faux gator inserts outside, front and back along with three pockets on the inside paisley print lining.
Handmade by DahlingAccessories
Red rose super soft lambskin lined with gray woven fabric. Ruffle flap at front with steel spike details. Inside flap is grey Italian leather. Magnetic snap closure. Red leather reinforced crossbody strap that can be tied at end to adjust length. Inner pocket. Fully lined. Dahling satin inside label on pocket.
Handmade by LolaFalkDesigns and made to order Custom color bag
Lining and Interior Pocket: Cotton
Closure: Metal Zipper
Adjustable Strap: Leather (can be lengthened/shortened to be worn cross-body or over shoulder)
Well there is one really good thing about the warm days we have had in the Pacific Northwest, besides that wonderful sun and heavenly warmth! It means I have been able to dip my toe into the Copper creation pool earlier than normal. Yes, I broke out the torch, set up the table and firing easel and went to town on these bits of copper… each one is only 6″x6″ but grouped they are wonderful, if I do say so myself… Only one is up in my shop so far, but the rest will be there soon… Here is a preview…
A couple of years back large, blingy rings, began to appear in the accessory landscape. This year, the more beads on a ring or the bigger the ring, the better. Many are wearing several quite large rings on one hand and on occasion on one finger. They make quite a statement and there are such a collection of really lovely rings, that I decided to find handmade rings, created by jewelry artists, that would be great adds to anyones accessories drawer. Click on any image to see more…
Talisman, what does that really mean? Good luck or Protection from something evil? Perhaps it is magical or superstitious?
In some circles it is believed to be all of those things and more. There are talismans thought to ward off disease or to make someone fall in love with you. In many cultures , perhaps all, there is something believed to bring good luck.
Years ago, it was a common to have a lucky rabbits foot on a key chain. That was one myth I always thought was misleading, because losing that foot was so unlucky for the rabbit, I thought it was sure to rub off on the keeper of the foot.
There are a whole set of talismans dedicated to what the planets represent, such as a Jupiter talisman representing wealth or Venus representing Love.
The Alkaid Talisman is purported to protect you from both spiritual and physical attack, so your covered for pretty much everything with this one.
Listed below is a Treasury of talisman jewelry designs, that whether you believe in the evil eye or not, are lovely designs all on their own.
Each image, when clicked, will lead you to the actual item on the Artist site. I implore you to check out the different views of their designs and then you can see many of the other items each artists creates.
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Ahh… Beautiful Baroque Pearls…. as far as I am concerned the bigger the pearl, the better! Baroque pearls are not talked about a lot, but they should be. Baroque pearls are generally pearls that are not spherical, meaning that they are, usually, oddly shaped. My favorites are ones that are semi round or oblong and bigger than your average pearls.
The most expensive ones are South Sea and Tahitian saltwater Baroque pearls, that come from the black lipped oyster. They are left in the oyster longer than most cultured pearls and therefore more than 40% are Baroque and have a much thicker nacre (the outside pearly part) than other pearls, hence their value.
Although, we call them Tahitian pearls, Tahiti is a trading hub and not the actual location where they are farmed. Typically the pearls are farmed all over French Polynesia, and the oyster used can be almost 12 inches across, and capable of producing quite large pearls.
In the collection below there are a mix of different baroque pearl types. The designs use the pearls well, and produce a pleasing earring that would complement any wearer.
Each picture listed should link you directly to the artist site, where you can see other views of the design, as well as more of any particular artists current jewelry designs.
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