Monday, October 29, 2012

Gotta Keep A Few

I recently finished a copper bracelet that was for ~me~!  This is something that I almost never do because items either get listed in one of my shops, consigned,  donated, or given to friends.

bead fringed bracelet w/ etched copper clasp
Bead Fringed Copper Bracelet With Etched Copper Button Clasp

I made the chain portion of this bracelet from jump rings made from upcycled 14 gauge wire that was leftover from an electrical job at our house. (My husband made the jump rings.)

Small Czech glass druk beads in shades of teal, peridot, and garnet were attached using my handmade 20 gauge rosy copper headpins.

I fashioned a button clasp from a disc that I electrolytically etched with a design found in a vintage metalsmithing text. The disc was domed and I then soldered a shank inside and copper plated the silver solder seams. The hook portion of the clasp was formed from a short length of torch balled 18 gauge wire. 

The bracelet was finished with one of my custom etched copper dragonfly logo charms, treated with liver of sulphur, and hand polished.

What was the last item that you made and kept for yourself ?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Favorite Blog

Those of you who follow the art world will recognize the name George Rodrigue as the artist who is probably best known for his Blue Dog paintings.  I like blue dog but enjoy his entire body of work which is quite varied.

His wife, Wendy, writes a great blog and her most recent post really resonated with me as she talked about the Florida panhandle and southern Louisiana.

I hope you enjoy her post and decide to read more of her blog, as well.  She and George truly understand what it means to be from the deep south!

Some of my favorites:

Edited to add:  Red "Blue Dog" at Veterans Memorial Boulevard & Severn Ave. in Metairie:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Great Halloween & Día De Los Muertos Finds on Etsy

handblown glass pumpkin
Handblown Glass Pumpkin by Dunniker Designs

ZomBee handmade soap
ZomBee Handmade Soap by Alchemic Muse

sugar skull necklace
 Sugar Skull Necklace by Staci Louise

dia de los muertos costume
 Día De Los Muertos Costume by A Berry Pie

Monday, October 22, 2012

New Jewelry Added To Libellula Jewelry On Etsy

New Work:

Hollow Blue Glass Bead with Copper Bead Caps on Brass Chain
Hollow Lampwork Bead Accented With My Etched Bead Caps on Antiqued Brass Chain

Close-up of Hollow Bead w/ Handmade Etched Copper Bead Caps
Close-up of Capped Bead

I made the clasp for the chain from yellow brass but it didn't match the antiqued brass chain so, I plated the clasp in copper and treated it with liver of sulphur and got a decent color match.  

Old Work (finally photographed!):
Amazonite & Copper Dangle Earrings
Amazonite & Copper Earrings

Hammered Copper Washer Earrings
Hammered Copper Washer Earrings

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Geek Chic: Making Jewelry With Resistors & Capacitors

It's the Revenge of the Nerds! Back when I was in high school eons ago (back in the 80s), getting called a nerd or geek was the dating kiss of death.  Taking a lot of AP (advanced placement) classes or excelling in science and math while simultaneously attempting to not be labeled a nerd was a bit of a tightrope walk at times.  But, times have changed and it's suddenly become not only acceptable but chic to like computers, science, and math and to look the "stereotypical" part.  Nerd glasses are considered hot and whole web sites are now devoted to the fun, kitschy items that geeks adore.

My favorites: 

caffeine molecule babydoll t-shirt 
How cute are the molecule t-shirts from Think Geek?  I'm willing to admit that I've got the theobromine, capsaicin, and caffeine babydoll tees. 

blue plush waterbear soft toy
Oh, and try to resist the adorable blue plush waterbears from Giant Microbes.

There are even nerd gatherings all over the world where their motto is "Be There And Be Square".

I think that the success of The Big Bang Theory has helped this trend.  The show ignited the "geeky is cool" trend and that in turn helped make the show an even bigger success.  Who knows how long it will last so, ride the wave while you can!

top 10 network t.v. programs wk of 07-30-12
 Other than Olympic programming, only two network shows were ahead of The Big Bang Theory!

Back in the late 70s and early 80s, my husband repaired electronics.  He kept a sizeable box of new, old stock resistors and capacitors and has toted them around all these years.  Only recently did he pull them out and ask if I could somehow use them in jewelry.  He thought that some of them (resistors) looked like beads with built-in headpins sticking out from both ends.  I played around with them and found that they could be used in exactly the way he suggested; though, some of the larger leads are a bit stiff and require a bit more effort.

Some of the pieces of jewelry that I've made are designed in such a way that one would have to look closely to notice the resistors because they blend in with the coordinating beads.

Multicolor Resistor Earrings

Multicolor Resistors With Beads & Blue Patina Copper Washers

Other items proudly feature larger, more obvious resistors and capacitors complete with printed text facing toward the front.  On some items, I've also played up the industrial aspect of the jewelry by adding other items such as copper washers.  I may decide to add some of these items to my shop...

Earrings (above) and necklace (below) are now added to Libellula Jewelry. 

Brown Upcycled Vintage Resistor Necklace
Resistor Necklace in Shades of Brown

Antiqued Brass Chain w/ Handmade Copper Clasp & Etched Copper Logo Charm
(Back of Necklace)
Antiqued Brass Chain With Handmade Copper Clasp & Etched Logo Charm

Friday, October 12, 2012

I Love Handmade Pottery

The holiday shopping season is upon us so, I'll be posting favorites now and then.  Here are a few items from some shops I really like:

stoneware fish vase by

stoneware centerpiece bowl by
Stoneware Centerpiece Bowl by Crop Circle Clay

stoneware tray by
Rustic Queen Anne's Lace Stoneware Tray

Isn't it a shame that Etsy messed with their category and made it more difficult for those who make pottery (ceramics, stoneware, porcelain) to "get found" by potential customers?  I'm not impressed with all the changes--especially in the lead up to the holidays.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Few Favorites From Big Cartel

Copper Talisman Necklace by Copperheart Designs

Myra Necklace:  Chrysocolla Quartz & Sterling Silver
Myra Necklace:  Chrysocolla Quartz & Sterling Silver by Samantha Jean Designs

Annaliese by Alorinna
Annaliese Necklace by Alorinna

While shopping for holiday presents, don't forget about the other websites where handmade items are sold.  Etsy is only one of many!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Etched Copper Bead Caps

I've added a new item to handmade supplies in Libellula Jewelry on Etsy:  Electrolytically etched copper bead caps.  I've listed three sets in quantities of (4) each.

paisley etched copper bead caps
Paisley Etched Bead Caps

10.5 to 10.75 mm in diameter
 Approximately 10.5 to 10.75 mm in Diameter

approximately 3 mm in height
Approximately 3 mm in Height

These would look fabulous with luscious lampwork beads in rich, autumn hues!

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends! :)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Sign Up For The Window Shop Blog Hop!

Toltec Jewels For Jewel School Friends blog, Barbara Carlton,  & Cindy Lichfield McConkey are sponsoring a blog hop to promote the shops of independent artisans.   

"Nothing to make, not a jewelry challenge; just provide your shop info in a blog hop post in order to give shoppers a way to browse the various handcrafted shopping choices in the community."

It's been getting tougher and tougher to sell at most--if not all of the online venues so, we all need to stick together and cross promote.  This "Window Shop Blog Hop" is a wonderful way to get the holiday season off to a very positive start

Be sure to sign up because not only is this a great way to support independent artisans this holiday season and beyond, but there will be really great prizes!  See you November 11th at the blog hop! 

Window Shop Blog Hop Button

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

And the Plot Thickens...


graphic of many question marks

Thoughts?  For anyone who doesn't wish to post their thoughts here, feel free to email me.

Edited to add:
And the new rules regarding "collectives" are as clear as mud!

Monday, October 1, 2012


Congratulations, Lulu!  You have won the earrings in the September giveaway.  I'll email you for your mailing address. 

I'd like thank everyone who entered and remind you that the next earrings giveaway will start November 1st and the winner will be announced on December 1st.

I love my blog followers!