It’s getting hot (and strangely muggy) in this part of Washington…. So, just as I do every time summer comes around, I’m having serious cravings for white or iced wine. One of my favorite white wines comes from a winery with a tasting room up in Leavenworth, so my goal for the summer is to- at some point- take a day off for a road trip to buy a bottle of wine and bring it back for a wonderful candlelit dinner and some quiet time with my sketchbook….
But, meanwhile, I’ve got thoughts of white wine preoccupying my brain and it’s oh so distracting!
Sorting through a recent bead order, I discovered two Swarovski crystals which were immediately claimed for this new design…
They made me fall into a daydream of beautiful summer afternoons with a nice white (maybe an iced) wine! Since I only had enough crystals in this color for a single pair of earrings I had to make them count, so I paired them with one of my personal favorite designs from the Tendrils (of the Vine) Collection. With the Argentium Silver wire leaf swirls, handmade silver head pins and bright crystal colors- I’m having a wine craving just looking at them! These are being saved for next week’s delivery to Ellensburg Canyon Winery/Cox Canyon Vineyards, but you can find the Siam version on Etsyhere.
Butterfly Sundries is getting ready to wrap up a Spring Cleaning extravaganza. For my loyal Facebook fans, many of the designs I intend to discontinue this year became available at exclusive discount prices (quite a treat for them, as I rarely offer sales, discounts, etc.) to help me clear out space for new 2014 inventory and designs.
It was quite an experience going through my inventory and listings while preparing for the sale. Reviewing my old(er) listings gave me a chance to appreciate how my vision, skills and interests have evolved over the years.
When I first started making jewelry, my focus was on beadwork. While I was never ambitious enough to bead on a loom (though I have such admiration for artists who do, just the thought of doing so makes me feel like my brain is in knots), I enjoyed creating layered necklaces with interesting focal points.
Then I played with the idea of designs which appeared to have multiple strands but involved less weight around the neck.
Eventually, I became bored with string and decided to start incorporating wire work into my beaded designs.
I came to feel constricted by the prefabricated beads, pendants and materials that anyone could potentially purchase and use to replicate my designs, so I decided to begin to make my own pendants which would fit my expanding vision; I found a great medium through acid-etching metal sheet with my own original designs.
In what new direction will my designs expand next? I’m debating between soldering and casting…. If the sale goes really well, maybe both!
Most of the designs above (with the exception of the Standing Lotus Pendant from the Lotus Collection) are all reproductions of older designs (I do, periodically, feel nostalgic for the mediums I’ve largely retired from my repertoire). All of them and many more are currently available for purchase at huge discounts through my Spring Cleaning Exclusive Facebook Fan Deals!
My loyal blog readers also have a chance to take advantage of the deals! Go to Facebook now to check out the discounts before they’re gone forever; all special offers end officially at 11:59pm PST on March 23, 2014 (But, if you send me a message and tell me you’re a blog reader, the offers will be honored through Wednesday, March 26, 2014)!
Also, because I’m phasing out all of the designs which I’ve made with prefabricated clasps, pendants, etc. I’ve found myself with a huge surplus of beading supplies I simply can no longer use! If you’re interested in potentially purchasing jewelry supplies in bulk at huge discounts, send me a message and tell me for what you’re looking!
While the vast majority of my designs are always available in silver (by custom order), in preparation for the holidays I’m making some of my favorite original wire designs in silver ahead of time (both as samples of my work and also for sale). Some will be available on Etsy, others through the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center. The difficulty is in choosing which pieces to focus on!
I’ve chosen a few of my favorite items from the Tendrils of the Vine Collection, and I’m sure one of the silver naval/climber’s knot rings will show up…. but after that my brain freezes. I simply can’t decide.
(Taking suggestions and requests!)
What I have decided, though, is to explore the possibility of making select etched-silver designs available in-time for the holidays. After numerous requests for the option, it’s time to meet the demand. And for those pieces…. I already have grand plans in development!
When I first received a collection antique silver coins, I felt so inspired by the beauty of the Arabic calligraphy on them. The smooth sweeping lines- I wish my writing were so beautiful. The coins made me think of beauty, blessings and prosperity. I decided to make a special design to represent those ideas- with the hope that it will also inspire its future owner.
The design you see etched into the copper pendant is the word “Bless,” written in Arabic calligraphy. With the initial blessing, I chose to add two kinds of stones (hematite and garnet) which are traditionally associated with manifesting dreams into reality… to symbolize all my hope for its wearer, along with three authentic antique silver coins for prosperity. This pendant is one of my favorite items available in my Etsy shop; I like the idea of blessings in physical form.
A note about the coins: These genuine silver coins come from one of the batches I acquired of tentatively identified 17th-18th Century silver coins, from Turkey and Egypt. They came to me with the holes already in them. No work whatsoever- aside from putting wire through the already existing hole(s)- has been done to these coins. They are as I obtained them. Even the patina has been preserved, as it often enhances both the character and the value of the coins.