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)
I love making things from seemingly nothing… the sense of accomplishment really cannot be beat. You look at a pile of parts and then sort and separate and arrange and then finally you get around to make all of those little parts into something beautiful and functional. I just love it! You all know by now that I create things and then add them to my Etsy shop. Well these are not added there yet, but I thought I would go ahead and preview them here and if anyone is interested, then by all means please let me know and I will be a bit faster about getting them out there… Enjoy!
Is it the soft, cuddly warm look of Shabby Chic that makes me want to wallow in it? I just want to spread out crisp, soft cotton sheets patterned with tiny roses and clean white pillow cases, whilst a warm summer breeze blows through the pale striped curtains of my open window. Doesn’t it sound fabulous? I love all the little touches of shabby chic, the flowers, the whitewash, the pale and faded hint of long ago… Here are some of the shabby chic I have come across and really loved…
Have you always found it difficult at best to find jewelry that is large enough? This has been a struggle for me my entire life. I love to wear bracelets and necklaces and earrings etc… but every time I have seen something, that I thought was beautiful and would love to have, it has been the same story over and over. I try the bangle bracelets (I would love to wear an armful of them) and I cannot get them over my hand (ok, I cannot get them past my knuckles!) I have a size 8 wrist and the widest part of the hand is over 9 inches. I would love to say, oh I can lose weight and it all will fit, but it is just not true. I had the same size when I weighed 130 lbs…. I am over 5′ 10″ inches tall with a size 11 foot and even at 135 I wore a size 14-16 pant (I am quite a bit more that that now, but you get the picture, right?). That jewelry never actually ever fit me. I always had to add extenders to necklaces and bracelets, and was limited to certain styles. I did get fed up and started making my own jewelry, and I love making it! Who hasn’t said, I wish I had known this then. Yes, I make jewelry in larger sizes… because if you want to know a secret that is not talked about much? It is this….
If you are larger you can wear bolder, more dramatic and more beautiful jewelry!
In fact the larger you are, in height or weight, it doesn’t matter, wearing small petite jewelry just gets lost on you. I am not saying that you have to wear big bright colors and chunky fruit jewelry, of course not that would be ridiculous… But, you CAN wear layers of jewelry and larger pendants, and great chunky bracelets and bold earrings. In fact, I am saying you can wear some amazing stuff that smaller women (tiny & thin), just cannot carry off. There is nothing more sexy, than a buxom bosom layered with beautiful chains and a great pendant and if your tall like me and maybe not so much a buxom bosom woman, then the you can carry the long length superbly. I really want to encourage every large size woman to invest in great jewelry, to complete your look. You will look more put together and as beautiful as you truly are!
Of course here is my shameless plug… I always make my jewelry available locally and post more and more of it in my Etsy shop. Here are some examples…
Copper and Silver bracelets, layered together make for a very sophisticated look and because of the links they can twist around you wrist and always look good. Stay tuned, I have more to say on this passion of mine, and I will be sharing more styles of jewelry very soon…
I was thinking the other day about how I would be able to have prints made of some of my work, that would not require me to a) purchase a fancy printer and equally fancy paper b) Invest in have random prints made that may sell, or not… Then I realized, that I could probably put the images out on Fine Art America. You have to know, embarrassing as it is, that I signed up for FAA like 2 years ago, and get an email once a week about it. Even worse was, I open the email, I read the contents (which is all about what is going on there) but I never posted anything on it! DUH! So this week I created some galleries, found a couple of friends I know that are on there and hopefully someone will notice some of the stuff I have out there. What I liked, was that they could turn my artworks, photographs etc.. into cards, giclee’s, prints and so on. They send them out and a portion of the proceeds (decided by me) goes to me. I am hoping it works out well, wish me luck!
Here is the link to my Gallery on Fine Art America: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/sharon-orella.html
When you get there, I would recommend clicking on Galleries so you can see bodies of work together, vs different mediums together like it is below.