I've met Kerri at a local bead show a few years ago. Her work is unbelievable! It is easy to fall in love with something like this... Thinking about it now... I do not know why I have not bought anything from her yet! It is easy now, I do not even need to go to a bead show, as she sells at etsy. (She has a web-site too)
Friday, November 29, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I have stayed in Russia for a few month with my mother a few years ago (those months will always be in my heart). My life was quiet and rather lazy, I should admit. I really did not have much to do. Lots of time to think of jewellery and come up with some new designs. Lots of sketching and drawing... Visiting my old University friend, who stayed at home with her new baby at that time... This maple leaf design was her idea. I liked it... and created it when I went back to Canada (did not have any tools in Russia). This maple leaf will always remind me of Russia, my happy months I spent there with my mom and my friend Lena.
The leaf is not OOAK, I made a mould and can cast it. So, I do not mind selling as many as there are people there who would like to have it :) In fact, this one is for sale at my etsy shop right now :)
Monday, November 25, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Some time ago I wondered if I would ever make jewellery with sentimental value... a story behind it... Now I can tell a story about almost any piece of jewellery that I make. These earrings, for example, have those little faceted green chalcedony beads. I am looking at them and recalling the day I bought them in Russia... They told me it was apatite :) I did not believe them and estimated the price for the enhanced chalcedony. The price was right, the colour was gorgeous... I bought them :)
The crystal glass in the picture has a sentimental value too. I remember how we bought them with my mother. Many years after I brought them to Canada with me in a purse... all six of them... I was very careful :)
The glass does not come with the earrings, by the way :)
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I was looking for these artists from the Twin Vision studio to put their work into my Virtual Wish List (they made fantastic glass installations as well as interesting face beads)... but I've come across this tutorial for beadmaking and moldmaking on their web-site.
This is not a usual tutorial to find in Internet! Once I participated in a process of making something like this. It would not be hard for me to do this again, if I needed... except for the equipment, of course. I would need to find an actual glass artist's studio for glass melting. Honestly, I do not see that happening any time soon :)
I've met the sisters artists at one local bead-show. Maybe next show (or next after the next one:) I will buy one of their glass face beads. They are very unique and very beautifully done!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I am happy that this necklace has found a customer. Many liked it... As always, when many people say compliments, I am not sure if they are true, until somebody buys a piece of jewellery that was getting all those compliments... This is a nature of any designer :) We all are like that! :)
This is my last project in cooperation with Irina Astratenko. Well... the last that I have, anyway. For now I won't be making anymore, unless there is a custom order... The necklaces were experimental. The experiment was successful. However, they are very unique... all handmade... they need to be appreciated by the cost that comes with high quality handmade work...
For now I feel that I need to move on and come up with new ideas! :)
Monday, November 18, 2013
I would like to introduce you to an art that is getting very popular in Russia right now. I see more and more talented artist starting doing the paintings on the stones for the jewellery. It is not something too new, but relatively new in Internet.
The author of this work is Elena Mitrofanova, who is... to think about it... the first artist I've met in an international online market.
This kind of work is usually in a high demand in Russia. I can only wish Elena good luck on Etsy too!
Friday, November 15, 2013
The collar for this necklace has been in my possession for a long time... I really could not decide what to do with it! I am still not sure if this design was the best I could do for it. For my luck the crystals (Swarovski crystals) had just perfect size to fit into the open spaces of the squares.
The collar is made by Irina Astratenko, the tatting and ANKARS artist. When she showed the collar to me, I knew it could be a base for something absolutely fabulous. Now I just needed to make it happen. I felt a great deal of responsibility!
The first idea was to get Russian synthetic diamonds. It would be a lot more work to set the stones in silver. The necklace could become even more fantastic than right now, but... it would be against my idea to make something affordable, something that would be good for a fancy and fun night out, and not just fancy one.
The big Swarovski is set into a black Japanese glass seed beads bezel with more Swarovski crystals around it. The seed beads allowed me to transfer the lacy look from the collar onto the big drop and "marry" them together.
The black Swarovski crystal on the back is set into sterling silver. It can be white (if a buyer wishes so), but I personally felt that it needed to be black.
The necklace is available at the Just Jewellery gallery at the moment.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
A wonderful story has just happened yesterday... So wonderful, that I have to share.
If you are an artist you know... if you are not an artist you might not know... that even if you make beautiful things that many people like... you still need lots of promotion in order to reach your customers. Some people are very good at promoting just about anything, though not everybody... Then it is wonderful to see when their friends artists help in promotion.
Irina Astratenko, who is my co-artist in making the lace necklaces like this one, just got a surprise personal exhibition in Moscow (Russia) by a friend of hers, who was her first ANKARS teacher many years ago. Rina Stepnaya got hold of her best work and organised Irina's exhibition herself without Irina knowing about it! (She wrote about the exhibition in her own blog, there are more pictures there too. The blog is in Russian).
I am very happy for Irina. Her work deserves such an amazing surprise!
My opinion of Rina has been very high before, but now it goes just above and beyond. I am even happier now that I have something in my possession, that Rina has made just for me... (I see, I called her a "fairy" in my post... I had no idea how close I was to the truth! :)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
This necklace is made of copper, brass and natural stones. The gem stone beads in the pendant are black onyx, peridot, iolite, labradorite and a big bead of Botswana agate. There are many other stones in the chain. The chain is bigger than you can see in the picture.
I would like to say that this necklace is for sale in my etsy shop, but I have not figured out how to make a good picture of the whole necklace yet. It is so long! :)
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
There are many pieces of jewellery that I've made in co-operation with other artists. I did not even think about it until today... Jewellery making is not just work for me, it is my biggest hobby. I enjoy the process of making jewellery and I enjoy coming up with the designs. I also enjoy making something, that has not been designed... when you just start making something and see what comes out. It is a game that... thinking about it... I have managed to involve other artists into :) I think, they loved that game too :) otherwise they would not have played with me :)
The biggest co-designing game was the "Virgin" project, of course.
I've written about it in my blog already, here. That was a nine-artist project for a wearable art contest. We had a sketch of what result approximately we should get, but that's about it.
There were also parts for the jewellery that I was ordering and buying from other artists. Sometimes I had a project in mind, sometimes I had no exact idea. For example, I asked Bruce McLellan for a custom cut Canadian labradorite. Only after I'd gotten it I started designing a pendant for it:
I have a post about this necklace here in my blog.
I also did not have designs for the necklaces, when I ordered the black lace collars from Irina Astratenko. I made a few of them. The first necklaces ended up on the catwalk!
I myself was in the same position with other artists as Irina was with me. I sent my unique metal findings to my friends. They did not know what I was sending them, so they designed jewellery after they've gotten them! This is one of those projects:
Irina Belinskaya is the author and the maker of this necklace. The post about it is here.
I created a new label co-operation with other artists. By clicking it you will see our other projects. Of course, there are more projects coming!
Monday, November 11, 2013
When I came across this etsy store, I knew, that I had to save and share it. It is something that pretty much everybody in Russia knows about, but probably not outside of Russia.
This is what the owners say about the lace art: "Vologda lace is a kind of Russian lace tatted with bobbins. Continuous smooth line, which never crosses and forms a pattern of Vologda lace, is a woven braid ('vilushka') over a thin openwork grid. Vologda bobbin lace tatting dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries, but the craft itself was developed in the 1st quarter of the 19th century and became the most famous one."
Expensive? Yes, it is... as any art that is labour intensive... it takes so long to do something like this, that not many people are interested in investing their time into it. If you would like to have something really unique and you also have money for it... that just might be something for you. Museum quality work!
Friday, November 8, 2013
This is a handmade necklace. The lace is hand tatted by Irina Astratenko. I made its copper extended toggle clasp (sorry no picture, but it is similar to this one). I also made the beaded bezel for the red Swarovski drop. I usually use a tektite and make a silver bezel for it, but I've run out of tektites. I like the result, though :)
Well, you might ask why it is a "princess"... That is because, there is also a "queen" :) that I will show some other time :)
UPD. This necklace is available at the Just Jewellery gallery.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The longer my virtual wish list is growing, the more I like it :) Here I can keep the things that I do not have a reason to buy no matter how much I would like to possess them. Just like window shopping! :)
For example, I do not need any wedding hair decoration... but I have found some I love and wish I had when I was getting married. Awesome hair pins and headbands! Do not mind sharing! :) (I probably would not, if I was buying them!)
They are made of polymer clay, air dry clay and silk. I am a boring girl :) I love roses and I love when they look realistic :) Anna's roses do, so I love them! I asked her if she has made them for her own wedding the first time. Has it started then? No, it has not. She has been making them for the last 2,5 years only.
This ring has 40 roses! They are tiny! Did she make them under a microscope? I asked her, and she replied: "No". I guess, some people are talented enough to do such dainty job without a microscope! :)
Well, I am not getting married any time soon (I think my husband would object that ;) So, here is that link if you are: Gentle Decisions. (I will be happy if it helps you to find something unique for your wedding!)
Saturday, November 2, 2013
I am torn apart... :) I just do not know if this necklace needs to go into the "art project" section or into my "wish list". Do I "wish" to have it? Oh, yes! Not going to happen :) The necklace is not for sale or even replica... If you were reading my blog, you might even guess who the author was :) Irina Belinskaya made one more necklace with a metal finding that I had sent her. The central metal element is similar to the one in Irina's other necklace.
Every time I see this necklace... I want to grub a cup of coffee and a (big) bar of chocolate... sit in a comfortable arm-chair... and enjoy every little detail.
Thank you, Irina, for this eye candy!
Irina wrote her own story of creating this necklace (in Russian)