Friday, October 31, 2014

Autumn Turning

Autumn Turning
I recently set myself a challenge of creating earrings from the hoard of recycled glass discs I've been collecting from Happy Mango Beads and Afrobeadia. I have them in a virtual rainbow of colors! I initially wanted to make bracelets from them (which I still intend to do), but then I got a bug to incorporate them into earrings. The lime green discs above are recycled glass from Afrobeadia, and the perfect little amber lampwork roundels are from Happy Mango Beads.

The colors in these earrings were inspired by the nearly psychedelic hues of the spirea bush outside my living room window, which is currently in a state of a blazing metamorphosis--caught between the cool lime green of summer and the fiery sun colors of autumn. I love this time--October has been unusually warm here, drawing out the season--I feel spoiled, getting treated to an extra-long version of my favorite time of year.

I merged these wonderful beads with a riot of sterling silver--torpedo beads and little round beads, which I lightly distressed with my Fretz mini-texturing hammer--and lots of silver wire. I love the icy silver with these exuberant colors.
You can see these and other items at my Etsy shop.

Recycled glass discs in green from Afrobeadia
Amber lampwork rondelles from Happy Mango Beads
Sterling torpedo beads from Monsterslayer

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Purple Haze

My hammered copper & torch-fire enameled morsels, embellished with Jen Cameron's fabulous lampwork headpins which have been wrapped into a bail, finished with  my hand-wrought sterling and copper earwires.

"'Scuse me, while I kiss the sky"...(thanks, Jimi!<3)

"is it tomorrow, or just the end of time?"

Have a "purple haze" kind of day!

Disclaimer...after writing this post and looking at the photos, I realized that these aren't truly purple, but more raspberry-ish?  But, I have been singing "purple haze" now for at least a day, and can't really get it out of my head, but if you like, you can substitute "Raspberry Beret" by Prince :)


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Basic Black

What is the main color that fills your closet? Mine has a lot of black. I don't want to be that "emo" girl who always wears black but I am drawn to it. (no offense emo girls!) I love wearing black and it's easy to fit any other color with it, so it's a good go-to accessory & clothing color. 
These earrings are another take on my beach glass/stone earrings. The only two stones I found that were so beautifully smooth and really *black. All the other stones I collected on this day were some sort of gray. I really love the look and feel of these smooth stones. 
photo by Cindy Pack free for personal use
They pair well with the silver and add a nice contrast to the metal, even in it's rustic patina'd state. 
My original idea was to have the asymmetrical rings hanging side by side. But I was inspired by some of the many asymmetrical earrings I've seen here on the EE blog and I mixed it up a bit. I'm really pleased with how they came out. 

Available at Art & Soul Jewelry 

Found black stones, handmade fine silver rings, and black stone beads from Alexanders Bead Bazaar (Seattle, WA). 

What's your go-to color? 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Delicious Autumn

 “Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love - that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one's very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."

[Letter to Miss Eliot, Oct. 1, 1841]” ― George Eliot
Photo By Cindy Pack - free for personal use.

It doesn't get any better than this.
The beauty of Autumn melts my heart. 
Motivating me to get out everyday, to the lake.
To walk. To breathe. To see. 
And I will take it all in.
Until it is no more. 
And then I will love Winter...

 Handmade ear wires, 
Czech glass from ArtBellaSurplus on Etsy, 
Handmade Fine Silver Rings, 
and Found Sea Glass. 

Available at Art & Soul Jewelry online

Happy Fall! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Eclipse of the Sun

Since my father passed away a couple of weeks ago, my head has been in a meditative state, and I have not been able to muster up the energy to create anything new...

So, yesterday, I sat down with my stash of Artisan Lampwork Glass Beads to see if anything would catch my eyes, and all of a sudden, these caught my gaze and I knew I had to do a pair of earrings with them:

I just loved that hint of Sun Gold mixed with the Eclipse Blue... my dad was color-blind and could only see 'yellow/gold' in terms of colors. I know that these would have caught his eye :)

Blue Tourmaline in a fancy cut, lovely Artisan Glass Beads from a Canadian Artist, and pretty Freshwater Pearls... These earrings are listed HERE on my website.

My apologies for not writing a longer, more inspirational post. I'm just trying to heal from this devastating loss in my life, and not back in my 'groove' yet with my mind :(

 Have a blessed day, and thank you for stopping by...

Nathalie Lesage
Metalsmith, Jewelry Artist

Friday, October 24, 2014

Turquoise Rose

These gorgeous turquoise teardrop beads have been recycled. They were on a necklace that I bought recently at an antique store. I love to go never know what you will find! I don't always take the time to go through scads of jewelry, but I spotted the turquoise necklace right away and had to have it. So glad I did. These stones are just gorgeous. I wish I had taken a pic of the necklace before I took it apart but it was actually quite plain and now I have pretty turquoise beads to work with.

Would love to pair these earrings with this lovely scarf!
Scarf found on Pinterest, sold on Etsy @ DIDUCI

These earrings are available here on my website.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Would love a comment from you.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kristy Abner

Kristy's Kreations

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Burnished Berries

Berry Delicious!
These plump copper beads (from Afrobeadia) are my new favorites--they are just the size of a small blueberry, and even the ends are puckered like a real blueberry! I gave them a liver of sulfur bath, buffed them up a bit, and popped them in the tumbler--and out they came in this delicious, plummy-rosy color. I gussied them up with leafy brass caps and sterling silver.

The Real Thing
I think I rather like the metal ones better--if there was a way to gobble them up, I would!
You can visit me at my Etsy shop HERE.