Jewelry Making Poll

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Archive for October, 2005


10/31/05 | Glint Jewellery

Glint Jewellery LogoI often like to check out what jewelery (er, jewellery) makers are doing across the pond. Some of the best looking and more unusual pieces we’ve discovered have been from countries outside the U.S.

Designer Kate Wood hails from London and is top notch at creating airy jewellery pieces featuring muted tones and textures. Pearls and vintage-colored metals seem to be two of her current favorite materials for making a good selection of bracelets, necklaces and earrings. There is almost a bit of an art-deco feel to some of the items but with a hint of a more modern touch. From her site:

Glint jewellery is feminine and flattering, striking and subtle, characterised by soft, organic forms and strong combinations of colours and surface textures.

The entire range of earrings, necklaces and bracelets is hand crafted by the designer, Kate Wood, making each piece unique. When worn, this jewellery comes alive with movement and light, enhancing your individual beauty and style.


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I have to apologize for how long this Beading Wire Usage poll took to come to completion. Awhile back, I discovered that the polling software that I had been running had completely gone kaput. It wasn’t crashing, but it wasn’t recording any votes just the same. And I wasn’t actually aware it was malfunctioning. So I had to dig around and find another polling plugin that would work, and lost most of the votes for this one.

Anyhow, the results were pretty much similar to what I remember the original polling software recording before it crashed:

It was no surprise that Softflex Beading Wire ran away with the votes. This is one of the most popular and respected jewelry wire makers, and it’s our wire of choice when stringing most necklaces and bracelets.

By the way, for those who don’t know what jewelry beading wire is (I didn’t when I started), it is basically tightly woven strands of stainless steel that have been coated in nylon. I think there are some variations in the materials used, but that is pretty much the formula. It is very strong stuff and when used correctly (i.e. it is crimped properly) can stand up to the hardest tugging or pulling.

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picture of Jewelry Polishing Cloth results

Whether you’re a jewelry designer who uses silver in your designs or a consumer who has a few pieces of silver jewelry, you’ll eventually run into the issue of tarnishing silver. It’s surprising how fast a piece of silver can tarnish from just being exposed to air. Sometimes a few weeks is enough to make the surface seem a bit dull and tarnished.

Though, I normally don’t use silver cleaning agents, I recently picked up this Silver Jewelry Polishing Cloth
and decided to write up an article on it and silver tarnishing in general.

Keeping Silver Jewelry Polished

10/4/05 | Sharma Designs

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California jewelry designer Sharla Samuelson has a great selection of delicious looking items at her site Sharma Designs. As usual, I got there through a crafty collective portal (this time around it was Indie Designer Labels). Sharla makes a wide variety of fresh and interesting necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.

Although she does use some of the standard colors for precious stones, I liked that she also had some alternative “darker” pieces that featured material like Onyx, Carved Bone and Horn, Dark Jasper, Carved Horn, and Brown Jade. A bit more unusual choice of material, which makes for an interesting look.

Some info from the “about” section of her site:

So, how did my personal quest for unusual jewelry morph into a business? Unintentional advertising. After I made my own pieces, I took them out on the town. And, well, the town took notice. Some people sell their creations out of the trunks of their cars, I was selling them right off of my own neck. I quickly realized that I needed to set up shop.

So you know I treasure my own individuality, but did you know that I treasure yours as well? Every piece is a one-of-a-kind. Sure, I might riff off of themes, but no two necklaces are ever identical.


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