Thursday, March 29, 2012

Not Happy With Beaded Watches Tried Cuffs Instead

I had mentioned in a previous post that I was making watches for the smaller wrist, as I have one. Well so far, I have not been happy with the results. Mind you they are very pretty, but I am not finding them to be reasonable to wear for everyday, or even casually at this time. I tried magnet clasps for ease of on and off, from two different suppliers. The results were the same, even though the magnets were very strong, the watches would just randomly fall off without any reasoning. Then I switched to regular clasps, which are an annoyance to put on and off. I was not happy with the look, the feel, or how to put them on and off. Then I remembered I had purchased this plain wire cuff, from where I wish I remembered, since I can not find anymore anywhere. Maybe it was Walmart, lol! Anyway I took a watch face, and with lime green craft wire, wire wrapped the watch face to the cuff. The trick really is to be sure the cuff is pretty much already at your wrist size because once it is wire there is only a little bit of play in size. I like the results a lot. Since I can not find any cuffs even similar to this, haven't checked Etsy yet for handmade ones but they might be too expensive, I have found a fairly simple tutorial to make my own cuff bracelet with craft wire. I can't wait to try it. There was not a video for this particular tutorial, but if you would like to give it a try, just click here. If anyone knows where I can find a cuff bracelet, similar to the one shown, please drop me a comment with a link. I also am thinking bangle bracelets, which are very affordable, and maybe memory wire would work nicely as well for watches. What do you think?


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Painting on Glass

So I had a clever idea. I painted each one of these green cabochons a different letter, and made the word LUCKY. Now I just have to figure out how I can turn them into beads or something similar so I can string them into a bracelet or necklace. When I figure it out, I am going to make a whole line of words, and names hopefully others will love too. What do you think, clever or boring?

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Are You Feeling Lucky?

Happy St Patrick's Day! Are you Irish? I am not Irish, but I do love everything Irish, and the color green. Since today is St Patrick's Day, and I would one of my readers to feel super lucky, I am having a contest starting right now. It ends at 11.59 PM Eastern time. You must live in the US or Canada, have a verified Paypal account, and of course pay with Paypal. The very first person to leave a comment with the words LUCKY in the comment, will get 50% off any one item in my Etsy store. After you leave the LUCKY comment, please leave an email address so I can contact you. I will contact you within 24 hours of the end date, so you can tell me which item you would like to take 50% off of and then set it to that price for you to purchase. Please if you do not intend to purchase the item, do not enter the contest. This is only for one person to win the 50% off. Visit my store now, to see if there is something you would love. Good luck!Link

Sunday, March 11, 2012

New Idea For Jewelry Pictures

I have stated previously since buying my new digital camera that I was very unhappy with the jewelry pictures I was getting. My son takes 4H photography, and I myself have learned a few tricks of taking good pictures. On Friday I picked up some really fresh, pretty plants. Then I set a piece of jewelry down on the leaf or actual flower of the plant. The results are quite lovely and unique. I am going to get all my pictures retaken using this method. Some of these pieces are not even listed in my Etsy store yet, but they will be. Anyone who sells jewelry knows how important a great picture is. Please take a minute and open up the pics, and give me some feedback as to how they look. Obviously some color schemes do not look as good as others. I would love to know what everyone thinks. Always looking for tips. Have a great Sunday!









Tuesday, March 6, 2012

March Birthstone the Aquamarine

Great little video for all you March babies with the birthstone of Aquamarine. Enjoy the beauty of this natural blue gemstone.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Swarovski Pearl and Carnelian Watch

New listing in my Etsy store, Swarovski pearl and Carnelian gemstone beads. This is a 7 1/2 inch gemstone watch with magnetic clasp. Please see my Etsy store for all the details, and to purchase if you wish.

I am hoping to make quite a few more watches in the future. This is my second attempt, the first one was a purple Sugalite, which will be listed soon in my Etsy store.



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