Friday, September 27, 2013


These were so much fun to create!!! I had these unfinished Polymer Clay Urchins and gorgeous Lampwork beads I knew they would go together well.
So I finished the Polymer discs to accompany the Glass beads.

These amazing Lampwork beads are the creation of Jen Cameron of Glass Addictions, the Polymer Clay Urchins I created and the fiber is a very small random piece of unknown type that was in a Sari Silk bundle that fell out on to the floor at just the right moment. There wasn't a lot of it so I cut it in half to be sure each earring had equal amounts and it was just barely enough.
Wonderful serendipitous moment!!

 I found this gorgeous picture on Pinterest that just fit these earrings so well. The page no longer exists but the blog has some other beautiful Hand Painted Fiber to enjoy!
 These earrings are available HERE in my Etsy shop.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Autumn Calling

Pumpkin Pie and Eggnog. And Plum Jam.
These delicious lampwork beads from CEvansDesigns are in the exact colors of pumpkin pie and eggnog!! I had to have them. I combined them with rust-hued rings (soldered, textured and patinated by me, using a combination of dye oxide patinas), antiqued copper, blackberry pearls, and Czech glass leaves (from Happy Mango Beads) in a plum/oil slick finish. I just love the pumpkin colors with the plum.

I picture these with cozy knits in autumn hues:
Cozy, No? From Dreamyil on Etsy
I love the colors, scents and feel of autumn. I think it may be my favorite season. Its extravagance and briefness make it somehow especially poignant, like the brilliant finale of a fireworks display. One is always sad when it's over, but a little breathless at the same time.

You can see more at my Etsy shop, lunedesigns.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Finding inspiration in the music we love!
Pink Floyd

Music is only one of the many things that has inspired me over the years . And it still does.
And I am talking years ladies!
Who can forget The Doors, Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin , Bob Dylan and of course my mojo for the day,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, PINK FLOYD
Their  1973 album Dark Side Of The Moon inspired these Galactic beauties.

  I first saw these Ancient Gypsy Discs in Shannon LeVart's shop a few months back . I loved them !   
  I had to have them. No question!
 Their rustic , primitive beauty drew me in right away.
 I waited. And waited some more.

I was waiting for my mojo to get it together , so I could decide what I was going to do with these gorgeous discs.
And then the spectacular full harvest moon and Shannon's  Indigo Crescent Moon Charms did the trick. I hope you  had a chance to see that full moon in all her in all Autumn Glory.

While I was in Shannon's shop, I spotted the Blue Violet Quartz points to go with the moons. I added some peacock pearls and labradorite  spectrolite that has the most beautiful blue flash when the light hits it just right. And my Dark Side of the Moon Earrings came together nicely.

The things we have loved in our past , our music and the times we grew up in. We hold in our hearts and minds and replay back little bits at a time. They show up in our art .
So this old hippy chick has a wealth of inspiration from the music I love.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Earring Display :: SOPHilosophy

With an almost-teenage girl in my house, and a studio burgeoning with pretty baubles for your ears, you can imagine that we have a lot of earrings to wrangle. Recently, we made a sweet little earring holder to get this tangled mess under control. I don't have the right pictures to share that with you yet, but soon I will have a tutorial for you on how to make your own. In light of the fact that I am leaving for ArtBliss in just two days (so excited!), and I hosted a fundraiser for my Pop-a-Dot jewelry last night (so tired!), I have no new earrings to share. So I thought I would share this clever and elegant earring holder with you.

I stumbled across this new earring holder created by Sophia Weinstein of SOPHilosophy. She has created an artful and beautiful way to display earrings that I think would be appealing for girls of all ages!

{This one reminds me of a more grown up and fancy dream catcher, and the little tails are perfect for attaching barettes!}
 {The detail on the pattern for this one is exquisite. Like a dew covered spider web, glistening in the sun. This looks to be her best seller, and it is easy to see why.}

{Close up of the detail. Lots of places to hang your earring collection!}

{Such a clever, tactile and functional piece of art!}

{This right here is the picture that stopped me in my tracks. What a beautiful suncatcher! Imagine this filled with your glittering gemstones, glass beads and glinting metal. Could be displayed right in your window!}
 I can see hanging one of these in my bathroom in a soft blue and grey pattern because it would be a pretty and functional decoration, but I can tell you that my daughter would dig an orange tie dyed look as well. And Miss Sophia does entertain custom orders. They are fairly inexpensive. Ranging from $18-30, so this would make a great gift for the upcoming holiday season. With a pair of your own earrings attached, of course! ;-)

Check it out :: SOPHilosophy

Erin Prais-Hintz invites you to go on a journey of inspiration at her blog Treasures Found :: Inspiration is Everywhere. You can view a gallery of her work at or purchase her popular line of 'Simple Truths' in her Etsy shop.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Tide Pools

Bronze and Glass Headpins Earrings
Tide Pools

They start with a pair of Bronze components I made long ago. I haven't used bronze in quite some time but I happened to spot them and because they had that extra off center hold I immediately remembered I had some of Jen Cameron's amazing headpins that were for a Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month some time ago that I wasn't able to participate in. They are a perfect match!! I created the niobium earwires and embellished them with a beautiful Czech glass bead that matches the lampwork almost exactly and wrapped them in Copper.

These are available for sale HERE in my Etsy Shop.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Autumn Harvest

Fall is in the air!

We just got a post-card from the local farm where we normally take our yearly autumn hayride into the pumpkin field to choose a few for Halloween and to have on the porch for the rest of the season into Thanksgiving.  I love those little jaunts with my 2 boys.  The little store where you pay for your pumpkins always has a pile of cute little gourds and multi-colored corn with dry shocks; beautiful chrysanthemums in magnificent shades of magenta, yellow, and rust; and yummy apple cider!

Photo from via Pinterest
I got these sweet little ceramic hearts/leaves from Diana P of Suburban Girl Studios, when I made a short trek to BeadFest in August.  I thought they actually looked pretty "Spring-y" and was going to save them for then, but when trying to find inspiration for a post today, they were on my table along with some enameled brass elements I had been experimenting with.  The colors sort of popped out at me and said "Apple Cider"!

They needed another color though, so after looking through my Czech glass stash, found these cute little flowers in rust.  They wouldn't face forward though, so I strung them on sterling wire and did a sort of herringbone wrap with copper to hold them tight!  I finished the pair with hand-wrought sterling earwires embellished with copper.

Perfect for the season, or anytime!  They are long, about 3 inches, and would look so great with lots of outfits, but neutrals, denim, leather all sort of jump to mind!

Melissa Meman
Melismatic Art Jewelry
Art. Life. Love.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Shabby Chic and a Giveaway!

Hi Earring Lovers!

I have always been such a sucker for the Shabby Chic- pretty floral patterns, tea parties, pretty pastel colors combined together with lace or cotton. Such a soft aesthetic, and it translates well in any medium! Even Earrings!!!

Here's my take on Shabby Chic this week! A pretty riveted pale pink and floral tin dangling earring pair on bronze ear wires.

I am giving away a pair of these lovelies to one random winner! Please leave a comment here on this post to enter to win! I will pick a winner on my next earring post, which will be Wednesday October 2nd! You've got lots of time to enter. For extra entries, please pass along the giveaway info on your favorite social media sites and comment separately with each share- Facebook, Twitter, blog, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, etc etc.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

On the Fringe

The title refers to the earrings above and not to the state of my mental health, although some may argue that it could apply to either one of those or to both. I use 20 gauge pins that I purchased with balls on both ends, that I have twisted around my own hand forged bronze hoops. The twisted wires have been slightly flattened with my hammer and then lightly patinated with verdigris for an even more rustic look. Maybe one day I will work up the courage to fire up my torch that was a Christmas gift and is still in the package. Then I could make my own ball pins, but for now I am still buying them. On the fringe?

The earrings were inspired by a design on Etsy from The Purple Lily Designs.

Headin' for the Beach

Lucky Brand boho tunic

Roxy sandals

Western straw hat

Vince Camuto sunglasses
$120 -

Gloria Ewing
Chrysalis Too on Etsy
Chrysalis Jewelry on Artfire

Friday, September 13, 2013

More Leaves!

I was cleaning out a closet the other day and found an old box of jewelry...some silly costume stuff from pre-jewelry making days and some early pieces I attempted.  The leaves in today's earrings were favorites that I used to wear before I discovered artisan/handcrafted.  They were a brass finish, without any real patina, and immediately, my wheels started to turn.  I took the old earwires off and went down to my work station and stuck them in the torch!  Yay, they didn't melt!  I had been working with seafoam and nile green enamel, on a previous piece, so that is what I used.  I love how they turned out.
Old bits and bobs...going to see what else I can salvage!
I had been working on completing my necklace I started for Art Jewelry Elements' Component of the Month for August, which was my month.  The combination of juicy orange with the seafoam blue really hits home for me, so I decided to keep the earrings in that color scheme!  I added Czech glass leaves and flowers dangled from a bit of chain.

My Melismatic Morsels with enameled copper and Czech glass..finally finished!

It is fun to breathe new life into something that was probably going to be tossed...I am going to see what else I can find to repurpose.

Melissa Meman
Melismatic Art Jewelry
Art. Life. Love.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Autumn in Verdigris

Autumn in Verdigris
There's just a hint of autumn color in these earrings--splashes of persimmon, saffron and loden (I saw that last one in an Esprit catalog back in the 80s, sounds so much more poetic than "olive green")--and lots of my favorite sea green color. Czech glass birch leaves from ArteBellaSurplus, saffron patinated copper rings from MissFickleMedia, and recycled glass beads in sea green from Happy Mango Beads. The beads on the earwires are moukaite but I can't remember where I got them.

I of course picture these with a Sundance Catalog ensemble (someday when I'm too rich to care about paying ridiculously overblown prices I'm gonna clean 'em out):

But in the meantime I guess I'll go to Target.

You can see more at my Etsy shop HERE.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

NIP in the air already!!!!

I am still wondering what happened to summer. I know we had a very strange one here on Long Island. There were no endless hot days. The garden this year was disappointing, to say the least. But we still had our time at the beach, which for us runs from early spring until late fall.

Speaking of which, is now almost upon us. And back to the nippy air. I love fall and all the great things there are to wear!

These earrings are from my new Tribal Wire Artisan Components and focals line. The links that I am designing can be used as an accent or focal piece in your bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
I have paired these rustic, primitive earrings with cozy scarves. And visions of big sweaters, blue jeans and boots are already dancing in my head.

I have an intense passion for natural stones and other natural elements. And I am the crazy wire lady. If I run out of wire, I am paralyzed. You would think I have nothing else in my studio to work with.

These gorgeous stones are forest agate, they go great with the dark wood tube beads and detailed wire work. I love dark earthy colors for fall.

These colorful stones are Mexican red crazylace agate. I love this stone. It works so well in all fall designs and will quickly become a favorite in your jewelry wardrobe. The stones are each a small work of art ,with their varied colors and  patterns. The design possibilities are endless. I am pleased with the way that the agate and dark wood work with my wire work and tiny copper beads.

So as visions of chilly evening, sitting around the fire pit and making s'mores dance through your head. Make yourself a treat, a pair of gorgeous stone and wire earrings!

The Tribal Wire Collection was my first collection published in Belle Amoire Jewelry magazine.

You can find me:
Mojowoman Jewelry on Etsy
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Climbing Ivy or Red Carpet Envy?

My earrings titled 'Climbing Ivy' are featured on page 70 of the 2013 issue of 101 Bracelets, Necklaces and Earrings. These beauties are a shoulder-dusting style in a deep emerald green color - the Pantone color of the year - with ombre faceted Czech glass beads dangling from between the rhinestones in a cup chain. The picture feels a bit flat to me in the magazine, because these babies sparkle like precious gems and really grab your attention.

When I sent them for the magazine, I also whipped them up in red for my Christmas outfit. And since Christmas is a mere 105 days away (I know! I can hardly believe that it is coming so fast myself!), I thought about bringing these back and making them in a variety of colors for all the festive seasons. Wouldn't these look great with pearls? or clear crystals? They would be marvelous for a wedding I think!

Originally, I gave these earrings the name 'Red Carpet Envy' as I felt that any ingenue worth her salt would kill to have a pair of these dazzlers dangling from her lobes as she sashayed down that crimson carpet. And everyone who saw her in them would certainly turn a shade of green. (They must have thought that the 'Climbing Ivy' moniker was a better fit. I think it is kind of an expected name. But what do I know.) At the time there were many bright green dresses popping up on red carpets all over the place. I think you might even still see them in the coming months. The intense green seems to work great on any skin tone and really is a standout against that brightly hued rug. Don't you think they would be the perfect complement to this Catherine Deane design in pleated emerald green chiffon with a charming lace detail at the back?

Makes me wish for a reason to dress the part!

Erin Prais-Hintz invites you to go on a journey of inspiration at her blog Treasures Found :: Inspiration is Everywhere. You can view a gallery of her work at or purchase her popular line of 'Simple Truths' in her Etsy shop.

Friday, September 6, 2013

French Chic

I'm pretty much obsessed with fleur de lis ANYTHING. Be it jewelry, home name it, I love it! These pretty lampwork beads are by Cheryl's Art  and the silver fleur de lis charms are from Ad Adornments .

Just a few of the fleur de lis that I have around my house...I think I might have a problem...?!?

To see these earrings in my store click HERE and to visit my website click HERE.

Thanks so much and have a great weekend!

Kristy Abner

Kristy's Kreations

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Japanese Garden

Amazing bicone shaped lampwork beads by Paul Spencer called for a bold, yet simple approach. My design has an Asian influence, reminiscent of a Japanese garden with rich colors, high contrast and simple lines. The copper dangles have been hammered and then layered with Guilders paste in Inca Gold to give them more dimension.

Lime Green

Gloria Ewing
Chrysalis Too on Etsy
Chrysalis Jewelry on Artfire
Chrysalis for the Curious Blogspot