Free Giveaway in Appreciation!

In celebration of almost 1000 likes on my Facebook Page, I will be giving away one of my jewelry pieces.  To be in the running all you have to do is like my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/sharonorellaArt.  Please feel free to leave me a note when you do, I love to hear from folks.

To see what you could win check out my website at www.sharonorelladesigns.com.       Tell your friends and if they like my page they will be int he running as well.  It is only about 20 people to reach 1000…  Good Luck!

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Stitching up some jewelry….

Once upon a time I would have thought I would never have the patience to learn the different stitches for making jewelry from seed beads.   But, just recently I stepped forward and gave it a try.   Wow, I really like the result!  Now I didn’t just use seed beads, because it finally dawned on my that I was limiting myself (MEANING NOT TRYING IT) by just using the standard size 11 seed beads.  So I stitched my first panel using herringbone stitch and glass square beads.  I loved the look!  Since then I have stitched up quite a few of these, practicing the herringbone, learning the even count peyote stitch.   I will share when I finally get them made into proper bracelets!

Easy Charm Bracelet for the holidays

Easy charm bracelet that you can make as a gift or bedazzle it for your own holiday attire.   All you need is a chain that you like with links big enough for fit a lobster clasp in the links.    Here are some sources for the supplies (its also a good way to see what each item is):

Lobster Clasps – These Open and close and you will attach to your chain

Hanging charms – 5-12 charms that you will attached a split ring to.

Chain – This is the base of your bracelet to which you will attach the open part of the lobster clasps.

Split  rings –  These are just like key chain rings only much smaller.   You will want one of these for each charm, and 2 extra potentially for the ends of your chain and I always get 2 more than that to lose in the carpet…

How to:

Now that you have all of your supplies.

Put one charm on each Split ring.

Attach the split ring to the round portion of the lobster clasp.

Attach the open portion of the lobster clasp to a link on the bracelet chain.

(if your bracelet chain is not already equipped with a closure to hold it on your wrist.   You can attach a split ring to one end of the bracelet and then attach that split ring to a lobster clasp. )

The open end of that lobster clasp can then be opened and attached to the other end of the chain when you wear the bracelet.

The great thing about this type of bracelet is that you can switch out the charms as easily as you can undo a clasp.

Give it a try!!

Happy Holidays!!

Sharon

http://www.etsy.com/shop/SharonOrella

If you would rather have someone make it for you, then send me a convo on Etsy with 2 week lead time and I can make you a custom bracelet or a bracelet kit.  I will just need to know what theme you want and the size of your wrist.

Easy wrap bracelet for the holidays.

A wrapped or memory wire bracelet is one of the easiest pieces of jewelry to make for a beginner.   You will need one package of memory wire sized for bracelets.  You will also need beads of your choice with holes sized large enough to fit the diameter of the memory wire.   Many seed beads will not work for this unless they are the larger ones.   You will also need a pair of Chain nose pliers. (Click for memory wire source) (Click for source of Pliers)

To start locate one end of your memory wire, then using your pliers bend the end back onto itself. (you can also purchase memory wire bead caps. Click here for a source)  It will form a bit of a loop.  This will stop your beads from coming off the end.

Your typical package of memory wire will allow it to go around your wrist several times.  Take a look and decide how many time you want your to wrap around.   Once you know, cut the memory wire at that point (please don’t use your flush cutter for this, the memory wire will damage them)  I use a pair of cutters meant for memory wire. (Link to Memory wire cutters)

Now that you have your length of wire, start stringing beads onto it, use your imagination, if you don’t like a combination then slide them  off and re do.   You can make this total random or in a pattern with the same size and type of bead. (click for bead source)(Source for lovely Crystals)  It is all about what appeals to you.

Once you have them all strung, use your pliers and bend a loop into the end where you were stringing.  This will hold all the beads onto the wire.

Presto a bracelet!!!

What a great gift!  Or if you used those lovely crystals you have a lovely holiday sparkle bracelet….

 

Happy Holidays!

Sharon

http://www.etsy.com/shop/SharonOrella

 

P.S.  If you just would like to have a lovely Memory Wire Bracelet made for you, I know just the person.   Give her a call or visit her shop on Etsy.       Click here to visit  her shop and contact her via convo Jewelyett

Creating Visual Art along with music

There are two ways I create, one is on a deadline and the other is free form with no particular purpose.   I have learned over time that the sounds around me make a difference to how successful I am at both of these.   I usually have the radio playing or my IPOD is playing.

When I am on a deadline, meaning I need to finish some artworks for a show, then I listen to NPR.  I know, talk radio?   It keeps me grounded, and is calm enough to keep me on task and helps me be more methodical.   Of course it does have its risks, sometimes the program is so interesting, that you stop working to listen.  If I am worried about that then it time to listen to either slow jazz or Classical music.     I often wonder how many people use music or sound to motivate and influence their work.   I will tend to get scattered and forget stuff if I am trying to hurry, so slowing down and paying more attention works for me.

Now when I am just playing around and experimenting, which I wish happened more often, is when I play music.   Anything will do but the more up tempo the better.   Recently one of my new favorite songs in Rolling in the Deep by Adele.  That girl can SING!  The up temp music gets me in a groove that says, no rules!  Do what you want, it is all good.   I will admit, that sometimes this creative jaunt involves dancing around, sometimes just chair dancin’ but other times, it is full on spinnin’ around the room!

I have often thought that I should just name my artworks after whatever I was listening to when they were created.    Some would have names like, Radio Lab or Wait, Wait don’t tell me or Jar of Hearts, I found a boy or Revival.   Now that would give them more punch and probably cause quite the conversation to ensue when explaining the names.  What kind of Music do you listen to when your feeling creative?

Now for some craftivity!

Have you ever etched on Metal?  Me either.  But, I found this video by the ever wonderful Sherri Haab on how to etch metal.  I know people who have done the etching, using their own calligraphy as the base and copying it to create the template for etching.   It is definitely on my list of to do’s.

 

If you like to watch artist as they create, this is a great video I found.  He is creating a filigree bracelet to music and I could not stop watching.

A little bit of everything for your summer vacay or staycation. . .

As we head into the weekend, I realize that it is the middle of July.  We are past celebrations for the 4th, and there are no major holidays until Labor day.   Many are almost ready to go on their annual vacation, whether that be a staycation or a trip to the coast or to visit family, we all want to have some fun.   I was thinking about our annual trip to the Oregon Coast where we relax and just enjoy our selves for a couple of weeks.   I always take lots of different things to play with while we are there, and for me that means being crafty, or arty in some way.   This made me think about what types of supplies I might want to take with me and of course I went on a search of Etsy.    Here are a few of the items I found that would be good to take along…

For the sewer/quilter:

Nature Inspired Collection by Windham.  

Riley Blake Happier Sampler

For the jewelry maker:

Lucite Pansy Flower Beads – Mixed Color

AAA – Mixed Precious Rondelles – Ruby, Emerald and Sapphires – 1/2 Strand

For the cook:

Vintage Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book circa 1953

For the knitter/Crocheter:

Worsted weight Sock Yarn, Hand Dyed Merino Wool Tweed Randomly Variegated Vermillion, Dusty Rose and Burgundy 4 oz. 200 yards

Hand Dyed Worsted Weight Yarn – Mission Fig

Oregon Timber Brown DK Alpaca Yarn (50 g)

And finally for the scrap booker:

Tanithsoddsandends

Freshmemoriesstudio
 
 
If you need a project check out Red heart for free crochet and knitting patterns!
 
Here is a 3 part tutorial on making resin jewelry:
 
Part 1:
 
Part 2
 
Part 3:
 

Such Opportunity and Crafty Corner!

It is truly remarkable how much is available to us in this day and age to be creative and market our wares.   This is powered by the Internet access, that allows anyone to find components, to be inspired, and fuel the creative individual.    A search of the internet with a simple word can net you a barrage of information about what you are looking for.  Some relevant and some maybe not so much.   The same search of the internet on a  site such as Etsy can net you a list of choices that can be more easily digested and perused and sometimes more applicable to your creative spirit.  I have found it to be both informational and inspirational.

For example the other day I was searching for supplies of roses, the internet search engine told me about every flower type, several business that would sell me flowers and a list too long to reveal here of items I was not interested in.   The search in supplies on Etsy, lead me directly to a rose lampwork bead, rose-colored yarn, a digital collage sheet etc…  Much more in tune with my creative side.   It provided me with both a physical source and inspiration that could carry me forward work with my creativity.   I bet this happens more times than we could count, and what a gift it is.    It always makes me think that the possibilities are endless (which they are) when you open your mind and use past experiences to bring together a creation you can be proud of.

I thought I would share some of the shops that provide supplies that also inspire me…. and how to make a flirty ric rac flower in the crafty corner.

Creature Comforts

Charmed Memory Collage

Mosaic Monkey

Cara Shea Beads

Trash Can Diva

Mermaids Dowry (this shop has wonderful components, I did not get away without buying from this shop)

Beautiful Additions Source for Ric-Rac

Crafty Corner!!

Here is a link to a video on how to make Ric-Rac Flowers