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Sunday, June 13, 2010

"Life is too Short to Wear Department Store Jewelry"

Bird Necklace
This necklace is sold.  However, with the garden theme in mind and nature and all of the birds in our yard and out at our cabin, this piece was inspired.  I just love birds and crowns too, so this combined two of my things I really like.  The color tones of this bird focal were a perfect mix with some of my bead stash I had in my studio.  These African turquoise gemstone beads, teardrop shaped mother-of-pearls, and the combination of the Bali silver accents as well as a vintage chain, is all I needed to complete this design.
Thanks to Julie, my friend that created some of these unique tags that says it all.

Filigree Girl Necklace
The filigree floral backing on this piece, the gold and AB crystal dangle piece on the left and the gold cross with the floral accent on the right side, also worked well for the June monthly theme at the French Flea sale.
Again, these tags are the perfect addition to marketing my jewelry.

Birds in Flight Necklace
The above vintage brass piece of jewelry had both a bird and flowers on it and makes it a unique and fun piece to design with and use as a focal for a vintage redesign jewelry piece.  You can see it here  in its raw state in a gallery of photos that the Minneapolis Star Tribune created during a feature they ran about me as a designer and my jewelry design business last September.  In the 10th gallery photo, it is shown in a stash of vintage elements on the upper left side above the #3, that I had purchased and had been collecting to redesign with.  I just now was inspired to use this element as a focal and to create and build a necklace around.  Sometimes, I may have an element for years before I actually design with it.
I chose to wire wrap the semi precious gemstones that I used in this design to create more interest.
This close-up shows the asymetrical design used in this piece.  The gorgeous green smooth gemstones, and the Swarovski crystals, as well as the leaf links and organic nature of the pearls creates a one-of-a-kind fun design.


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