Saturday, November 21, 2015

Pyramid Collection

Another pair of earrings inspired by the great pyramids in Egypt. I had a reason to make another pair. The bronze pair in my previous post sold last week and on their way to Northern Ireland.  It's very satisfying to have my bead art travel to other parts of the world.  

This pair is made with bright silver and tarnished silver delica seed beads.  The rivoli color is called Vitrail. I am not quite sure why, but the minute I saw it in the catalog I had to have it. As you can see in the pictures it is a blue, green, gold with a glimmer of red in the middle. These earrings are weightless so don't expect the ear lobe to droop at all. I like substantial statement earrings and I work hard to make sure there is no weight to them. 

This pair of earrings are for sale in my Etsy shop for $29.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Holiday Sparkle

It's that time! Shopping for the holidays.

These gold snowflakes are made with sunflower yellow swarovski rivals, gold delica and round seed beads. The ear wires are 14K gold filled.  I posted them in my Etsy shop earlier today for $29. Stop by for a closer look and the other snowflake designs available. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Holiday Inspiration

Have you noticed that retail stores combined the Halloween decorations with the holiday trimmings?  I am not looking forward to the next 7 weeks of an abundance of catalogs in my mailbox, Emails from online retailers and the overwhelming commercials between programs. I encourage everyone to make homemade gifts or look to shop on venues offering handmade items.  

In preparation for fulfilling my holiday gift list I designed these snowflake earrings.  I will be gifting a few pairs and selling a few pairs in my Etsy shop. 

This light green pair are listed for $29 at  I will have a jet black pair listed in the next few days.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Inspired by World Traveling

All artists find inspirations from something in their life. Whether it's a surrounding element or an experience they had.

I was sharing my experience travel experience in Egypt a few weeks ago with a co-worker.  Just talking about it bought me back to that wonderful trip and life long dream. Unfortunately, there is so much unrest in that space of the world I don't foresee having an opportunity to return for a very long time. 

The next best thing was to bring my experience at the pyramids to my designs. 

I have been having a love affair with the Swarovski rivoli the past six months. I am fascinated by the sparkle and beauty of these glass pieces. The boring peyote triangle became something more interesting!

Monday, September 28, 2015

A Peyote Triangle Remake

A basic peyote pattern with a spot of color. This Swarovski crystal rivoli is called Padparadscha. The best way to describe this color is pinkish orange. 

This design is a great way to add birthstone colors. These earrings are for sale in my Preserve Studio shop on Etsy for $40.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Double Drop Sparkles

It's amazing how the change of seasons influences creativity. Cooler nights, sweaters early in the morning, a craving for comfort foods all indicate the "Festive" months are coming. I welcome the opportunity to begin using different seed bead color schemes. 

The black velvet background really displays this design nicely. However, they are even more awesome in natural light and florescent light because the twinkle.  

The drop length from the top of the ear wires to the bottom is about 1-1/2 inches.  Super lightweight on the lobe. The ear wires are 14K gold filled. They are listed in my Etsy shop for $35.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

New Rivoli Flower Tutorial

At last the the Rivoli Flower tutorial is available in both of my Etsy shops Preserve Studio and PJS Annex

The tutorial was 95% done when I first posted the notice. When the warmer weather came along I found a multitude of excuses why I did not have time to create the test pieces shown below. The emerald green crystals with galvanized silver is probably my favorite combination.

Second, would be the topaz, bronze and beige. What I like about both pairs is they replicate a vintage inspired style.  

I have a few ideas rolling around for new tutorials after September.  Stay tuned.  

Monday, May 11, 2015

What's New? Tutorial #15

I have been working on a new tutorial. Every so often I stop listing new items in my Etsy shop to create a tutorial.  I usually write the instructions on the first earring and shoot the pictures on the second. Then, I bring them both together in a narrative format with step by step photos.

I put the instructions to the test by following it again to create a second and third prototype. Once I am satisfied the wording is clear and concise beside each photo it is ready to go. The whole process takes me about 3 weeks. 

I will share the progress and the release date in the coming week.

Happy beading!