Friday, December 31, 2010

Round Rabbit EXTRA preview!

Hear ye, hear ye! I will be doing a Round Rabbit Extra update on Monday, January 3rd! And here is a preview of the pieces I have this time around.

Above is a new design. It's a rectangular link with a very delicate pattern - some with four holes, some with two. I can see this as a focal for a bracelet or as a connector on a multi-strand necklace.

I love these wreathes! They each have two holes, top and bottom. The design possibilities are endless! They would be wonderful in a lariat style necklace or as a fancy toggle..

This is a beautiful connector with three holes. It would be gorgeous as a pendant with one long drop hanging from the center. I plan on making something along those lines myself. :)

Here is a funny little assortment of pieces. I may put these up as one group, or not.. not sure yet...

The pieces above remind me of birds. Very fancy, scrolly, Victorian birds... This piece has three holes and, again, would make a beautiful focal for a necklace or even, when turned sideways, an interesting focal for a multi-strand bracelet.

This particular design is one from my own jewelry line. I call it Petals Upon Petals and I made the mold from an antique black glass mourning button. Two holes make it an excellent and versatile connector piece.

Here are some of those odd beads that I made a little while ago. I really like how they came out! I decided to glaze all but the center so there is a nice contrast in textures.

Here is the back of the beads. I didn't get them all glazed so there will be more of these beads in the future. For now, I have three sets of five that will go up on Monday.

I only did one batch of Shards this time around. But they are a pretty batch, for sure!

And finally, I made only four of these larger, extra fancy focals. (Actually, I made five, but I am keeping one cause I fell in love with it.) I just love how romantic and sweet they are. I can just imagine a gorgeous necklace with satin ribbon and pearls....

So there you have it! Starting on Monday, sometime in the morning and going all day, I will be placing these pretties in my Extra shop. I will give my usual disclaimer now for any newcomers. Most of you have probably heard this all before so you can stop reading now if you like. :) Here goes:
For those new to Round Rabbit Extra updates.... all of my jewelry component pieces are one-of-a-kinds. I do not make the same designs twice and I do not take special orders. It's a first come, first serve kind of situation so I encourage you to act fast if you see something you like. I cannot hold or reserve pieces. And lastly, I do refund any shipping overcharges for multiple purchases once you are done shopping.

Ta-da! That's it! Have a Happy New Year, everyone!!! Be safe tonight!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy fun me love you long play time

So, the other day I was browsing around Michaels, as I often do, and I came across some new wire that I had never seen before. I don't know if it is new new or just new to me but I can tell you that I screamed like a little girl when I saw it.

This is it! It's DMC Color Infusions Memory Thread and it is used in embroidery. It is a fiber wrapped copper wire that is acid-free, fade resistant and colorfast!

It is fairly soft and bendy so it didn't work so well for wire wrapped links but it coiled and knotted nicely and with some more play time I am sure I will be able to figure out a million more things to do with it (and a way to securely wire wrap with it).

Isn't it pretty? I love to use it as a way to bring in some color and texture.

The rest of this bracelet consists of a lovely selection of glass and stone beads along with some vintage chain and one of my porcelain heart charms. I am so thrilled with how this piece came out and even more thrilled that I have some new wire to play around with. Don't you just love to find new materials that get your creative fire going?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Face-down Tuesday - 12.28.10

Yay! It's Tuesday again! This week we took things more public. That's me, above, face down in a local Subway restaurant. You gotta click on the photo to zoom in and see the look on the guy's face. Too funny!

After that we ventured on over to the CVS drugstore where Dani hit the floor. The best part about this photo is the fact that the other people in the shot didn't even acknowledge us. Not only was Dani laying on the floor face down but we were laughing uncontrollably the entire time and they didn't even flinch. So odd...

I took one more of Dani - just caused it looked so cool.

Start thinking about some good face-down locations and join in the fun next week!

Monday, December 27, 2010

About two years ago....

...I made this gigantic blue hollow porcelain bead. I was pretty excited about it. I mean, it's hollow! Those who make ceramic beads might understand my joy (we are an odd bunch who take pleasure in simple things...)

Anyhoo, I have held on to this bead for a few years now, not sure what to do with it. In my typical fashion I have made several pieces with it and have taken them apart, not satisfied with the result. Part of the problem is that it is just so freaking big!

See what I mean? It's a monster.

Then last week, while I was at the hair salon reversing time, I got the idea for this necklace. I used large lava beads (I am determined to use up these beads!), large glass pearls in a lovely gunmetal color and bright green grosgrain ribbon.

I am very pleased with the result and will not be taking this one apart. Yay! The big-ass hollow bead has finally found a home!

Thanks for all the kind comments on my last post. One of you asked for some tips when working with ribbon... I'm probably not the best person to be giving tips since I don't use it too often but the one bit of advice I can give is to use Fray Check on the ends. Not groundbreaking info, I know, but I have found it to be invaluable for keeping the ends nice and clean and crisp. If that is the look you are going for, that is. Use super sharp scissors to make a clean cut and then apply Fray Check to the edges (it will dry invisible) and you won't have to worry about your new creation looking all mangy after a little handling.
That's my tip of the day! Hope someone found it helpful. :)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Show and tell

Hope everyone had a nice relaxing holiday. I, for one, am glad it is over. Time to get back to work! Crack that whip!
I thought I would share a few recent pieces that I made for the Jewelry Accord: Call for Contributors that was hosted by co-authors Lorelei and Erin. First up is this beaded number that I strung on hemp cord.

My obsession with carved natural bone and mother-of-pearl beads is in full swing in this piece. I also used lava, natural stone, cyrstal and my own carved faceted porcelain beads.

I love the cluttered feeling created by all of the textures. "Natural Debris" might be a good name for this piece.

I've had the idea for this bracelet for a while. This brings up another of my latest obsessions, rivets. I got a bit rivet happy on this bracelet. And leather happy. Thanks to my shoe-making friend, Margaret, I have about six huge garbage bags full of gorgeous leather scraps. So don't be too surprised at the sudden surge in leather jewelry that will be coming this way. I'm going to challenge myself to come up with some wild stuff. :)

This final necklace uses one of my new bird pieces paired with satin ribbon that I riveted to create some nice folds and shape. I love the way that worked so I definitely have plans to explore that technique a bit more.

I also used one of my friend Kelley's (Kelley's Beads) lampwork eggs. It was the perfect compliment to the bird!

So that's my show and tell for today. Hope you all enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed making them!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays. :)

Happy holidays, everyone!

(Yes, I know, I really need to work on my holiday decorating.....)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Chunky Happiness

This bracelet is making me ridiculously happy right now. I made the chunky square beads a few weeks ago and have been carrying them around like a child with a serious Binky addiction. I made a few things with them and then took everything apart. Several times.

I finally came to this rather simple design that includes just one carved bone bead and a cute little porcelain charm. Copper wire holds it all together.

I am off to the studio to make more chunky beads. I need to feed the addiction!

This bracelet is in the old shop, right here. :)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Face-down Tuesday - 12.21.10

Happy Face-down Tuesday everyone!! This time around we did a two for one. Those super tiny crazy people laying in front of the steps of the Roberson Museum mansion are me and Dani.

See? There we are! It wasn't nearly as cold as last week, thank God.

Have you joined in the fun yet?? Join the Flickr group!!
(Lorelei did it. Hehehehe...)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Current state of mind


In other news..... I have been meaning to send out a very big and heartfelt Thank You to everyone who shopped my Extra update last week. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Some of you have contacted me looking for pieces - but, alas, everything sold. So that is why the shop is empty. I am working like a freak to get some new pieces made and will hopefully have some new exciting things to show you all in a week or so. Yay! :)

In the meantime, THIS necklace is now in my jewelry shop. :)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

It was a day...

...for discovering exciting free goodies that bring out the typesetting hoarder in me...

...for making beads(?) that I have no idea how to use...

...and for making other beads(???) that look like chewed wads of gum.

Oh yes. It was a day.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Michaels Challenge

This the second Micheals Challenge to spring forth from a visit to Michaels craft store with Lorelei, and this time around we had Dani with us to join in the fun (and it looks like about 20+ of you are joining in as well!).

This is what I made.

I knew right away that I wanted to use one of my new large bird pieces. I made a few of these a little while ago and they have become the kind of piece that I only use on special occasions, for special pieces. It's a rather big birdie measuring in at 2 3/8" from beak to tail so he commands a lot of attention whenever he appears. The dark, moody colors of our challenge beads seemed like the perfect companions for his vivid antiqued turquoise glaze.

Instead of making the bird the focal piece of the necklace I chose to offset him with a row of fringe. I used the faceted shell beads and the dark purple pearls from the original challenge beads and then added my own ivory (with just a slight tint of aqua) pearls as dangles.

The rest of the necklace is pretty simply (At least for me it is - believe me if you could see my original design and everything that was going on your head would have probably exploded. As mine did. That's why I toned it down...)
I introduced some large, round lava beads (which thanks to a rather pushy salesman at Bead Fest I know own approximately 7,000 of) and linked them with wire to the black quartz, clear window glass beads and some more of my own pearls. I used links from the chain as spacers in between the beads to lighten the feel of the chain up a bit. Last minute I decided the piece needed one more punch of the turquoise/teal color so I added a chain extender to the simple lobster clasp with a crystal bead. And, done!

As always, this was a blast and I look forward to the next challenge! To see all of the other challenge participants check out this list below. Have fun!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Sale!

I'm going to give the coupon code (that Etsy is finally offering and after years of sellers begging) a try! From now until December 22nd (next Wednesday) you can get 20% off your jewelry purchase when you use the code DEC10.


20% off!!!

Shop here!!

But... you gotta use the code. No code, no sale. So don't forget. M'kay? :)
This offer is good for blog readers, Facebook likers and all rabbits of every shape and size.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Face-down Tuesday, once again...

Yay, it's once again Face-down Tuesday! This time Dani and I ventured out into the freezing, FREEZING cold upstate NY air. It was 9 degrees with a windchill of around -10. Yep, it sucked. But we still managed to get some good shots.

Dani had the idea to lay down in the middle of this bridge. I gave the shot a nice antique look which I think goes so well with the feel of the bridge. I love how this picture came out!

Don't be deceived by the pretty blue sky. It might look nice but it was painfully cold. I couldn't even feel my legs by the time I got off of those stones. Then we had to walk back across that bridge in the background to get to the studio. Not good. Frozen faces, frozen legs, my teeth hurt.... oh, the things we do for a silly photo op! It was worth it. :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Extra Shop Update on Monday!!



I've been working like mad to get one more batch of components completed before Christmas and I did it! I will be listing these pieces in my Big Cartel shop on Monday (tomorrow) and will be shipping all sales immediately.

This time around I used some lovely dark speckled stoneware. It has a wonderful earthy feel and the glazes show up nicely. As much as I am not a fan of working with groggy clay bodies it is nice to change it up now and then.

The piece above is unglazed (just a stain in the recessed design) so you can really see the true color of the clay.

These might be my favorite shards yet! Love those faces!

Tiny little feisty koi fish. :)

These are chunky little charms which will be sold in sets of three.

There is a lot more as well, so be sure to check out the shop tomorrow! And just remember... all of my pieces are one-of-a-kind and I rarely repeat any of the designs. I don't take special orders so if you see something that you like it's a good idea to grab it while you can. Also, this time around I will not be holding any of the pieces for anyone. It gets very complicated when I am trying to get 80 or so listings done and often times the pieces are purchased accidentally by someone else, soooo, sorry, no more holding. It's a first come first serve deal all the way, baby! :)
But, I will refund any shipping charges from multiple purchases so do not worry about that. Yay!
Hope you see you tomorrow!