Archive for March, 2008

Desert Earrings, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I spent about 20 noisy minutes the other day just banging different sized discs out of a sheet of 24 gauge copper, trying to come up with new ideas and looking for inspiration.   When I was done, I just sort of spread all the discs around on the table and played for a while with different shapes and configurations.  I decided to do something less complicated in structure, but interesting in shape and texture.  These earrings were among the results and are now available in my shop!

In other news, I applied to participate in the Bust Spring Fling Craftacular in Brooklyn, and I’ll find out if I got in or not tomorrow.  Here’s hoping!

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As I was out and about yesterday evening running errands, I decided on impulse to stop by the local bead store.  I was completely out of the vibrant green vintage glass beads that I use in my Nitta earrings, and I wanted to list some more pairs in my shop soon.  I thought I would just dash into the store and grab them – twenty minutes left on the meter, a hungry cat at home (see Levi v. Frist, I & II), lots of orders to get out… I couldn’t afford to linger.  I knew exactly what I needed and where in the store they were. 

So I grabbed my tray, headed to the bin, and holy cow!  The bin was full of identical glass beads in three or four different shades of green that weren’t there before, and I suddenly had no idea which one was my shade! 

I tend to keep a lot of things in my head when I’m making jewelry, relying on memory instead of writing certain specifications down.  This works fine when I’m at home in my workspace with the tons of photos I’ve saved open on the computer in front of me. 

I thought that I could rely on memory again and mentally picture the exact shade of green I used in the earrings, but when confronted with a bunch of unexpected choices, I panicked!  I ended up buying several beads in each shade and spending a lot more money than I had intended.  The moral of the story is to plan ahead, take careful stock of what is needed, take samples to the store if color matching is needed, and avoid impulse shopping when it comes to supplies.  My local bead supplier might not like me much, but at least I won’t put unnecessary strain on my already tight budget.

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Noo Moos!, originally uploaded by antigenre.

There is nothing better than receiving a beautifully packaged, well-presented parcel in the mail!

The first thing I noticed about buying on Etsy a year ago was how well my purchases were wrapped and how much attention to detail went into the presentation and the enclosed material. While I certainly don’t expect all the extra effort, it does make the shopping experience a little more special.

I especially love cool, well-designed business cards and other marketing material that communicate the overall style and message of the store. I’ve got a great collection of cards now from some of the fabulous sellers – like Treehouse28, Bloodle, and Tricia McKellar – that I’ve bought from. I just got my own new Moo cards today, and I’m super happy with how they turned out!

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Treasury, originally uploaded by antigenre.

Another beautiful treasury from Uncorked! This one is copper-themed, and the combination of the pieces featured – including my Cupertino Ring – give it a warm, summery feel.

Check out a couple of my favorites, including Morphologie’s mixed-media brooch called Evolution 2 and Fotofiction’s Red Fireplace, an eerily sunny photograph of a fireplace in an abandoned asylum.   Click HERE to see this treasury – but hurry, it expires Thursday at 1:00am!

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Details, Details…

Details, Details…, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I just happened upon a treasury on Etsy the other day. I wasn’t expecting it at all, but the little box at the bottom of the page suddenly opened up and said “Create a tresury!” OK, fine, I will, if you insist. So I named the treasury “Ok, Fine…” in response to the demand that I create one. It was only after looking through my favorites, wondering what to fill the twelve little boxes with, that I realized that a lot of my favorite items have similar characteristics: fine lines and lots of little details.

I love repeated patterns, and the smaller the better when it comes to details and embellishments. These great artists and creators capture those qualities – click the link below to check out their work before this treasury expires on Tuesday!


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Little Evy Earrings, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I am not exactly a petite person and have sort of large features. I feel that delicate jewelry has a tendency to make me look even larger, so I find myself gravitating toward oversized jewelry – big disc and long dangly earrings, pendants and necklaces with strong focal points, for example. It’s not that I’m trying to make a statement or anything, I just have to find pieces proportional to my own body type.

I also have a tendency to make jewelry that is a bit oversized (hey, I want to wear my own stuff!) – my Isamu and Satellite Necklaces are testimony to that. I have started to realize, however, that not everyone likes such huge pieces and that I should perhaps offer a bit more variety in sizes. So I’ve decided to make one of my favorite pieces – the Evy Earrings – in a more down-to-earth size for people who favor a delicate look with their accessories.  I’ll have these posted in my shop soon!

Fashion forecasters are telling me that chunky, oversized jewelry is still the trend for Spring 2008, but who cares about trends anyway?

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Necklace, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I think I made this necklace just so I could take pictures like this! I love close macro photos of chains and metal bits, especially oxizided silver like this, and I got a few really good shots of some other products that are now in my shop. I liked how they came out and added them to my Patterns, Details set on Flickr. When I come up with something I really like, I get stuck on it and want to keep making the same thing over and over, so I forced myself to create something different with some of the elements that originally appealed to me.

I’m using a Canon IXY Digital 10, the equivalent of a Powershot SD1000, to shoot. It was a birthday gift from my husband and has revolutionized the way I shoot my jewelry. I’m still trying to figure out all the features, but I’m having a lot of fun in the process.

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I love my new disc cutters…, originally uploaded by antigenre.

When I started my jewelry class last October, the first thing I learned was how to saw some little discs and ovals. I made a pin out of one of them, and my instructor looked at it, laughed and said ‘Well, at least it looks like a handmade pin…” As in, handmade by a kindergartener, maybe.

A bit discouraged, I started thinking that there are so many jewelers out there who make things out of perfect discs and that it must just take a huge amount of time and practice. Little did I know that there was such a tool as a disc cutter! I finally got a hold of a small set on Friday. They make a lot of noise, and I’m sure my neighbors are ready to murder me, but hey, they get the job done!

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Red!, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I’m not superstitious, but the last treasury that I was in and posted on my blog made it onto the front page, so I just thought, well, you know…

This gorgeous collection of red items, including my Cassis Earrings, was put together by Uncorked – be sure to take a look at her shop!

A couple of my favorite sellers are featured here as well, including Sachiko and her lovely red shrug.  Click HERE to check out this collection before it expires Sunday afternoon!

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Satellite Necklace, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I’m a fan of Danny Boyle’s movies, especially 28 Days Later and now Sunshine, a refreshingly hard-science-based, alien-free, space-travel sci-fi film. This necklace reminds me of, and was sort of inspired by, a small scene in which the crew of the Icarus pauses to watch as Mercury passes in front of the dying sun. Kind of a neat moment.

The necklace is also my first project using my new Foredom (weeee!), and I’m now convinced that I need to buy disc cutters.

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