Whatever strikes your fancy

Flower ceramic findings from Jennifer Powers of Quinlan Glass Art, & czech glass melon beads

I’ve stated before that I love looking for and finding handmade components to use in my jewelry. I personally don’t have the time or skill to make any of these components myself and I’m just fine with that. There are so many talented people out there that love to do it and do it so well. I recently made these earrings using these ceramic flower components from Quinlan Glass Art. I just love them and they are the perfect earring size and great for Spring and Summer.

Wing charms from the brand Bead Treasures, their Fairy Tales pieces.

However, I don’t restrict my buying to just artisan pieces. I do find ready made items that I think are cute, whimsical or just the right item to incorporate in my designs. Big box craft stores often have sections for DIY jewelry making and have the ready made charms, pendants, beads, findings, etc. You know the stores and items I mean. It was on a recent excursion to one such store that I picked out some charms that I thought were really cute and a shape that I have also seen used in home decor in the past year, so they were on trend. On top of that, the store was having a sale on this particular brand. Bingo! What could I lose trying them out? I luckily found some beads that I already had on hand that I thought complimented the charms. I liked the off white, sparkly finish and size of these wings and I just really enjoy how they turned out. Inspiration can be found just about anywhere and with just about anything.

Pondering over beads and coffee- “Your dreams are what define your individuality. They have the power to give you wings and make you fly high.” ~ P.V. Sindhu

Soar high ~Holly G

The right components

As a Do It Yourself jewelry maker, I’m always on the hunt for the perfect components to use in my pieces. That’s half the fun! Beads of all shapes and sizes can be found in a variety of hobby stores or venues like Etsy and Amazon and are often mass produced. I buy those by the boatload, especially during sales. I love the variety in colors and mediums. I’m partial to glass, but I also like wood, lava, clay, resin, and of course natural gemstones. If you have a design in mind and find just the right size bead, in the right color, that’s magical! I can hardly wait to put it all together.

I also love love love buying handmade components. There are so many unique and talented artisans out there that create lovely pieces. I feel I have only scratched the surface in locating them. I have some favorite artists that I return to and I’m adding more to the list all the time. Facebook has been a great source for me to find individuals or groups of people who specialize in making jewelry components. They often have sales/auctions live on FB. You often have to be fast tho, as items sell quickly. I’ll be talking about these people here periodically, as I so enjoy their work and incorporating it into mine.

This photo is of a pair of earrings I made using Czech glass beads, spacers, silver plated beads and sunburst design charms/components I believe came from Wild Raven Studio. (That’s the bad part, I don’t always remember who made what without going through my stack of purchases. I’ll need to do better getting that information organized this year.) I just love the southwest (or beachy) vibe of the colors and design. They are lightweight and so easy to wear. It actually has been easy to find clothing that goes well with these colors too. A great pair of earrings to wear on a Caribbean cruise or while wintering in Sedona sipping wine watching a desert sunset. Don’t mind if I do!

Pondering over beads and coffee… “Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.”  –Richard Paul Evans

Enjoy the day- Holly G