Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Design for AlexaSteve Shop

The latest design for the AlexaSteve shop on Etsy.  I took this design to the side for a stand-out style.

I suppose the design can be worn the opposite way, but I think it looks best the way it is displayed on the model below. 

In working through design ideas in the past few weeks I am finding easier ways to assemble. I have come to the conclusion that some designs will be limited editions and others will be replicated and available for custom orders. This one will be on the list for a custom order.

I have contemplated a new blog site for AlexaSteve, but for right now, I intend to combine shop updates for Preserve Studio and AlexaSteve on this site. When time allows and this shop catches on I will contemplate the next steps.

Thanks for following me on both accounts! 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bespoke Earrings

A bespoke pair of earrings using silver and matte yellow seed beads.  Once I began incorporating the matte yellow I began to doubt my decision, but I stayed the course.  I added only one row to avoid having the color dominate the silver. It worked out just fine.  Swarovski makes a beautiful Sun Flower Yellow Rivoli.

I am having fun with changing up the color schemes of my original design. I have also found ways to improve the connection to the bezel with a double row on the front and back. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy New Year - Announcing Changes and Sharing New Designs

The arrival of a new year prompted me to reassess my efforts and future creative desires. 

I have opened a new Etsy shop for my new line of earrings. The shop is called AlexaSteve. This shop is offering earrings with a flavor of elegance. Because of the distinct style I thought it was best to market these designs in their own venue.

I have 8 pairs of earrings listed in the shop as of today.  Here are three samples of what I am offering. I am hoping to reach a new audience looking for unique statement earrings. I have been wearing my pair that are similar to the first picture with jeans and business attire.  Either way, they are awesome eye catchers.

What's next?  I am consolidating my efforts now that I have 4 Etsy Shops. I am closing www.preservejewelry.etsy.com that housed only sterling silver earrings.  I have moved those listings to www.onebeadtwobead.etsy.com. I am finally fixing the crazy URL on this shop.  A mistake I made several years ago when signing onto Etsy.  It will change to www.preservestudio.etsy.com. 

Last, but not least, I am keeping www.pjsannex.etsy.com for my Tutorials. I don't think I am finished in that area yet.  So if this is confusing here is a summary of where to find me.

AlexaSteve (www.alexasteve1.etsy.com) - Elegant earrings

Preserve Studio (www.preservestudio.etsy.com) - Beaded beads & Sterling silver earrings

PJS Annex (www.pjsannex.etsy.com) - Beading tutorials, jewelry envelopes and beaded beads.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Newest Rivoli Design

My latest addition of the leaf design with a 12M Swarovski rivoli. The leaf was made slightly larger to balance the larger rivoli. The delica bead colors are matte silver and galvanized silver. Between the rivoli and leaves I inserted a Swarovski crystal bicone for added sparkle. It's not apparent against the white background.

Two words for the outcome of this design - just gorgeous!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Beads are Art

More delica seed bead colors for this design. 

I have enlarged this design for a 14M rivoli. Stop back for a look at this one!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

New Designs-Exploring With Delica Seed Beads

A week filled with Delica bead designs. The earring length is approximately 2-1/4 inches long. This is a two-side leaf design that looks identical on the backside. 

A classic black and silver combination that is visually eye catching. 

In the next picture you can see I changed up the back side pattern. The design could be unhooked and reversed because the midnight black rivoli does not have the backside film that filters out the light.  

Last, but not least. I had a few of these blue square beads left in my stash that paired nicely with the nickel 8/0 beads.

These are a short dangle earring that also look identical on the backside. The earring length is approximately 1-1/4 inches. More than likely these will be in reserved for a holiday gift. If they don't make the cut I will put them in my shop. Stay tuned...

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Peridot Rivoli Gold Fans

Another sparkling design today are these Peridot Rivoli Gold Fans.This free form design caused me a stutter step upon completing the second pair. There was a noticeable size difference in the drop space.  I was pretty sure I knew what I did wrong, so I did the needful by ripping the fan apart. Honestly, it was a frustrating thought, but I took the plunge again with success. What I have learned? I have learned that I must complete both earrings at the same time to obtain symmetry 100% of the time. 

The fan width is approximately 1 inch. The length is 1-1/2 inches. 

These Peridot Rivoli Fan Earrings are for sale in my shop today for $24.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Winter Rivoli Fans

It started with beading around a rivoli. Lots of fun with this design. I even wrote it down so I can remember it again.

The earrings are listed in my shop for the holiday shopping spirit. 

For the holiday shopping season I am offering 20% of everything in my shop. Coupon code is Save20. Enjoy!