Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Faerie Lights

Originally I planned to show you the necklace that inspired these earrings, also. But I was blessed with an unexpected visit from family who live out of state! So I did not finish the necklace. That will be for tomorrow... or another day.

I have been working on making new porcelain beads. Playing with textures, shapes and glazes. It's a lot of fun but I am new to glazing... and there are a lot of unexpected results thus far. Happily I have a few beads that I like, and this is one of them.

I really love this color! I don't really know how I achieved it. Unfortunately... I did not take notes when I was glazing. Lesson learned. I have a kiln FULL of beads ready to fire and there will be note taking this time around! :-D 

Back to the color. I am thinking it's light or PALE amethyst. What do you think? What would you call it? I have paired it will some really pretty Czech glass beads that have an iridescence to them that reflects the sunlight in an amazing way.

My camera lens is cracked. Because I dropped it. And I have not gotten around to researching cameras enough to know what I want to get to replace this one yet. I have loved this camera! And honestly, I don't want to get rid of it. But sometimes it does this funny thing with the light... sunlight... direct sunlight does this funny thing... 

And it's kind of pretty in this one- so I left it. 
And the name came... Faerie Lights...

These are simple earrings. I find that sometimes the simplest designs are the ones I prefer. Uncluttered and just pretty. 

For these earrings I used some Bali silver flowers I have had in my "stash" for years. I have had them so long, I barely remember where they came from. If you work with beads, I'm sure you can relate. Those beads that you love and love and love and you want to keep them forever- only to take them out once a year to fondle? 
Yes, these are those beads.
This was one of those times that I knew exactly what to put together. These components almost came together on their own - magically? I don't know. The flowers time had come!

Necklace coming soon! 


Monday, July 28, 2014

That 70's Vibe

My husband and I are leaving the full-time RVing to move into an apartment later this week, and the building is older (but nicely maintained) and it has a definite "70's vibe" to it, which I love!

It takes me back to some good times, and looking forward to more good memories
to be created with my love :)

I really enjoy the colors and styles of that era, so I created an outfit on Polyvore as my inspiration:

That 70's Vibe Arizona Shades

And I made these earrings to match... Rustic shades of the 70's in Arizona:
I just loooooooove this stash of rustic Tourmaline nuggets,
and how they change colors depending on the light.

These two have rich shades of caramel and mossy green, plus a hint of peach.
Just yummilicious earthy tones, with a bit of funky 70's groove.
The artisan lampwork beads have various shades of caramel, cream, silver glass and turquoise.

These earrings are not all that different than a few pairs I've showcased before,
but every pair has sold out so far... I had to make another pair. Each one is unique. 

You can find this pair on my website HERE.

Thanks for looking! Enjoy your week :)

Nathalie Lesage
Metalsmith & Jewelry Artist

Friday, July 25, 2014

Bohemian Fringe

These earrings took quite a bit of time because the design was in my head but just took awhile to come to fruition. I love them though and plan on making a pair for myself in silver and turquoise. They are quite dramatic and sexy at four inches in length!

They would look fab with this ensemble found on Pinterest. Original source unknown.

You will find these earrings for sale here and many other pieces on my website

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Kristy Abner
Kristy's Kreations

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Birch Twig Earrings

I needed a simple pair of earrings for my fall/winter 2014 collection that I'm currently designing. My heart relishes in autumn inspirations so I don't mind mentally wandering through birch forests in the middle of summer. It's sort of my happy place!

These were inspired by Gustav Klimt's Birch Grove painting.

The earrings have hand-forged twigs: copper that is hammered and darkened with patina, accented by tiny Czech glass beads and hung on natural brass earwires. 

I made the earrings to go with these Woodland Butterfly Bracelets,  the birch forest reflected in the mixed colors of glass beads. These have tiny polymer clay butterfly wing charms. I love their earthy bohemian style. I kept two of these for myself and have been wearing them everyday. Love stacking them together!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Verdigris Moroccan Earrings

I do a show every August that is a fund raiser for transitional housing for women and children.  They always have a theme and this year it is "Moroccan Mystique".  For the first time ever, they have asked the vendors to dress in accordance with the theme.  Which got me to thinking about what contemporary Moroccan style might look like.

So naturally I turned to Pinterest for inspiration.  What did I ever do without Pinterest?  I saw lots of caftans and blouses that were designed like short caftans. 
There were sandals and gorgeous henna designs.
But the best thing of all was the jewelry!  Totally inspiring!
So, while I still don't have a Moroccan style blouse, I do have some Moroccan inspired earrings now.  These lack the diamonds and gemstones of the earrings pictured above, but I can see an echo of Moroccan Mystic the the shapes.  The verdigris metal stampings are from Miss Fickle Media


Tuesday, July 22, 2014


It's me again!
I'm a last minute substitution for today and I'm happy to share these wonderful earrings.

These earrings feature Gorgeous Lampwork Beads by Radiant Mind paired with some Polymer Clay Ammonite Drops I made. Both of these have been hanging out on my table for some time.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Forest Talisman

I made a mold of a piece of Elk/Deer antler and made these copper pieces from it.

These amazing Lampwork Beads by Terry Belcher of SilverFish Designs are powerful enough to handle these large copper pieces.

If you love nature photography as much as I do I highly recommend you click on the source of the wonderful photograph above.