Jewelry

Posts about jewelry created by Kristi Lyn Glass

Enameled Cabochon Pendants

Golden Cream Enamel Pendant

Golden Cream Enamel Pendant

I have been so enamored of Pebeo’s new Fantasy Prisme and Moon enamels, that I’ve experimented with using them on clear glass cabochons for use on pillbox tops and necklaces. My first thought was that the beautiful patterns that these enamels make would be visible through the cabochon glass if I just painted the enamel on the back of the cabochon. Much to my surprise, the beautiful pattern only rose to the surface of the enameled back of the cabochon; the design that showed through the magnifying cabochon only reflected where the enamel colors first touched the clear glass. For example, the view below is what appeared through the cabochon above on which I had painted the enamel.

Back side of cabochon

Enamel was painted on the back side of this cabochon.

Therefore, to make the “prettier” side of the enamel visible, I had to glue another clear glass cabochon to the back of the enameled cabochon. Then magic took place. The glue interacted with the enamel and formed the ripples or ridges in the enamel pattern, making it even more lovely!

At first, I simply wrapped wire around seam of the resulting glass orb and added a bail so it could be suspended as a pendant, as shown below.

Pendant suspended on ribbon

Pendant suspended on ribbon

Then I experimented with adding a lampwork bead to hide the connection of the pendant to the necklace cord.

Pendant with bead connector

Pendant with bead connector

Then I experimented with adding faceted crystal beads on the wire surrounding the pendant and using matching marble beads to form the necklace.

Enamel pendant with beads on wire

Enamel pendant with beads on wire

Then a happy accident occurred. For a Christmas ornament exchange, I donated an enameled cabochon pendant using a bead-to-ribbon connector, and an artist friend won it. When she showed up at my studio wearing it tied to a beautiful matching scarf, I knew I had to come up with a better connection method for her pendant. That led to the creation of the beaded wire connection method modeled by my friend below. It allows a scarf to be threaded through the connector one or more times.

Pendant on scarf

Pendant on scarf

Scarf threded three times through pendant loops

Scarf threaded three times through pendant loops

I have since created a few more such pendants with scarf connectors like the one below and offered them for sale on my website. The one below features Millefiori flower beads on its scarf connector. The larger size of its beads dictated making two loops instead of three on the connector. You can find most of these pendants here.

Enamel pendant with scarf connector

Enamel pendant with scarf connector

What do you think of these enameled cabochon pendants? Should I make more of them? Which connector type do you like best and/or do you think will be most saleable? Should I attempt to find matching scarves to sell with these pendants?

Elko Art Walk Participation 5/11/13

Jewelry Display Rack

Some of the jewelry I’ll be selling at the Art Walk

I’ll again be participating in the Elko, Nevada, Downtown Business Association’s Art Walk from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, May. 11, 2013. I’ll be at the Western Folklife Center demonstrating my beaded jewelry making techniques. Other local artists will be working on and selling their creations at various downtown businesses during this event, so it will be fun and interesting to attend.

At last year’s Art Walk, I did an encaustic painting demo at Mismash ‘N’ Muddle. This year, I will be making and selling my beaded earrings, though I also will have available some of my beautiful turquoise and ceramic beaded horse head necklaces shown above. Most of my earrings are reasonably priced at $8-$12/pair.

I will be bringing a large selection of glass beads to work with that day, so I will be able to quickly make sets of earrings for you while you wait and watch. You choose the beads, and presto! I turn them into earrings with sterling silver or gold-plated ear wires or clip-on fasteners, your choice.

If you’ve ever wanted to have a pair of earrings to match a certain outfit, bring or wear the outfit to the event, and I’ll make earrings to match.

The jewelry that I usually have on sale at the Elko Chamber of Commerce Gift Shop will be available for purchase at my table, plus any other earrings I make during the event.

Hope to see you there, but if you miss it, remember that you always can find my jewelry at the Chamber Gift Shop or on my website.

Jewelry Now at Elko Chamber of Commerce

Jewelry Display Rack

Jewelry display placed at the Chamber.

On March 8, I placed in the Elko, Nevada, Chamber of Commerce Gift Shop seven new porcelain and real turquoise necklaces and 24 pair of earrings that were previously on my website. To achieve this, I purchased a revolving jewelry display rack and had hang tags custom made with my 4-color logo on them for my earrings and other jewelry.

The whole display rack looks very professional, and I’m excited to see how well my jewelry sells via this outlet. I have had my artwork prints, note cards, sage brush lapel pins, and magnets for sale there for several years, as I am a Chamber member. I also have a nifty business web page on the Chamber’s website that I encourage you to check out.

I recently fell in love with some glazed porcelain horse head beads, so I purchased several plus a variety of matching components and real turquoise beads so I could create several necklaces in this theme. I have not run out of these materials yet, so watch for more necklaces to be added to this collection.

Porcelain and turquoise necklaces

Porcelain and turquoise necklaces

I also took to the Chamber almost all my website’s earrings that had gold-plated ear wires. The earrings placed at the Chamber are no longer available on my website, so I definitely want to make more earrings soon to replenish my website’s earring collection.

Please leave a comment to let me know how you like my new jewelry display and this new collection of heart and horsey necklaces. I hope you also will stop by the Chamber gift shop and/or my website to take a closer look!

 

New Jewelry Galore

Rainbow Tooth Necklace

I’ve been on a beading spree lately, creating 7 new necklaces and 5 new pair of earrings. These have all been posted for sale on my website, though I’m loathe to part with some of them, they are so lovely.

Two of the necklaces I made using Wonderstone (Rhyolite) that I found in the Elko, NV, area. Instead of polishing the stone faces that feature Wonderstone’s concentric circles, which requires special equipment, I chose to coat them with clear resin. This gives the stones’ focal points a shiny surface that enhances the design, yet allows it to contrast with the stone’s natural surfaces.

Wonderstone Slab Necklace

Wonderstone Slab Necklace

I also created my first three-strand necklace, featuring antiqued chain segments and iridescent butterflies.

Triple Butterfly Necklace

Triple Butterfly Necklace

I’ve also experimented with new components in my newly created earrings.  These include using transparent glass macaroni noodles, glass-fringed filigreed heart components, and beaded baubles. Two of the new sets of earrings match the new necklaces I made.

Aqua Fringed Heart Earrings

Aqua Fringed Heart Earrings

You can see all these new creations in the Jewelry Gallery on my website where they are available for purchase. If you’re a local customer, I’ll be happy to reimburse you for my website’s shipping charges if you arrange for pickup of your purchases at my studio in Lamoille, NV, by contacting me.

I’d be pleased if you’d post a comment as to how you like these new pieces and/or what types of jewelry you’d like me to make more of.

Teal Wave Hoop Earrings

Teal Wave Hoop Earrings

Refracting strong sunlight, this is one of three similar pairs of UTEEite earrings available.

I was convinced I could somehow form molten UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) into transparent teal waves inside 1.5″ hoop earrings. Four hours later, I had produced three sets of similar earrings, two for pierced ears, and one with adjustable clip-on attachments. The trial-and-error process wasn’t easy, but I’m delighted with the results.

At first, I thought I could just dip the hoops into molten UTEE in my Melting Pot. No such luck. It only coated the wire. When I tried letting that cool and building up layers of UTEEite by redipping, I ended up with a log-shaped lump of UTEEite on the bottom of the hoop. No wave! I remelted that effort and started over.

I next poured molten UTEEite into the hoops as they were laying flat on a teflon heatproof mat. Excess UTEEite was cut from the outside of the hoop with a scissors. If the “wave” did not look like a wave, its shape was adjusted with the paddle attachment on my hot wax stylist tool. Some waves had to be remelted and reshaped using a hot air gun.

The UTEEite gradually changed color during the 4-hour heating process. Therefore, each pair of earrings is a slightly different color blue, as I worked on one pair at a time.

As you can see in the picture above, the sunlight shining through these earrings produces some lovely patterns, much like the patterns created when sunlight shines through water. Just as no two waves are alike, don’t expect any of these hand created treasures to be identical! 

These would make terrific holiday gifts, so be quick to snap them up on my website. While you’re there, check out my other creations with gift giving in mind. Don’t forget to include yourself on that gift list! ;o}

Would you like me to create more hoop earrings similar to these, perhaps in different colors? If so, what color(s) would you prefer I try next?

Half Dozen New Earrings and a Kilt Pin

Six new Millefiori earrings

Six new Millefiori earrings

My stash of beautiful Millefiori flowered glass beads called to me last week, inspiring me to create a half dozen pair of earrings, including a pair of clip-on earrings.

Patriotic Kilt Pin

Patriotic Kilt Pin

I posted them on my website today.

I also created a unique silver-plated kilt pin with three dangles of patriotic Millefiori beads. No, you do not have to wear it on a kilt! It will look just lovely on your jean jacket or purse.

Have a look and let me know what you think. Should I make more kilt pins? More clip-on earrings?

UTEEite Pendant Necklaces

Rock the Leaf Necklace

Rock the Leaf Necklace with UTEEite pendant

I recently turned two of my UTEEite components into pendants and incorporated them into two new necklaces. The UTEEite colors in these pendants are swirled purple, silver, pearl, gold, and clear.

Rock the Leaf Pendant

Closer view of Rock the Leaf Pendant

A leaf-shaped pendant inspired a necklace containing polished gemstone nuggets and picture jasper beads, emphasizing the natural tones.

Purple Heart Pendant

Purple Heart UTEEite Pendant

A whimsical heart-shaped pendant begged me to highlight the purple in the UTEEite and combine purple glass beads with brown faceted cat’s eye beads and gold plated spacer beads. As a purple lover, this is my fave! I also adore faceted cat’s eye beads, which I’m seeking out for future jewelry components.

Check out these two UTEEite necklaces on my website.

Which do you like best?

Repurposed Jewelry

Patriot Necklace

This Patriot Necklace has matching bracelet and earrings. The original necklace only had the red beads.

A friend recently mailed me an enticing box of broken and cast-off jewelry to repurpose into new pieces to sell on my website. From the components sent, I created four new necklaces, five pair of earrings, and a bracelet . . . so far!

Blue on Blue Necklace

My friend was sent this "Blue on Blue Necklace" as a thank you gift.

I offered my friend any of the repurposed pieces as a “thank you” for what she sent. She chose a lovely “Blue on Blue Necklace” that was inspired by the silver pendant she sent me.

The other pieces I made include:

  • Sea Green Necklace and Earrings
  • Patriot Necklace, Earrings, and Bracelet
  • Scrimshaw Ship Necklace Set
  • Agate Teardrop Earrings
  • Teal Teardrop Earrings

I wish I had taken “before” pictures of the jewelry components she sent, but the “after” pictures are quite lovely! What do you think of these pieces?

If you have any unwanted and/or broken jewelry to donate to me for repurposing, please let me know, and I’ll tell you where to send it. I’ll be happy to offer you a selection from the resultant pieces as a “Thank You!”

Butterfly, Pig, and Hat Pins

UTEEite Hat Pins

These fancy hat pins would be great to wear to a spring garden party.

I recently made some of my teal and green UTEEite embellishments into five hat-shaped pins, and a pig pin that some say looks more like a rhinoceros. I embellished them with fancy beaded hat bands and gave the pig a stunning iridescent ear and blue beaded collar. Each of the blue hat pins is approximately 2″ wide, and the green one is 3″ wide.

Most of the UTEEite  hat shapes were created when I made a pin/pendant using my snowflake cookie cutter. These cute hats were the left-over pieces of UTEEite. The beautiful teal and white snowflake pin/pendant quickly sold on my website.

Green Hat and Butterfly Pins

Butterfly pins are 2" x 1.5" in size.

While I was into making pins, I also turned two UTEE-clad wooden butterflies into pins and gave them faceted glass bead bodies and bead-tipped flexible colored wire antennae.

Check out all these fun new pins on my website, and let me know what you think! Should I make more of these hat pins (and more large snowflakes)  in different colors of UTEEite? Should I make more butterfly pins? I look forward to your comments!

Four UTEEite Pendant Necklaces

Teal Snowflake Necklace

This UTEEite teal snowflake pendant may also be worn as a pin.

Four new necklaces containing some of my recently created UTEEite embellishments as pendants are now available for purchase on my website. I wore a couple of them to recent local events and got so many compliments I was tempted to keep them myself, but I decided to let you have the chance to make one or more of them your own.

Green Butterfly Necklace

This butterfly pendant was made in a mold with two UTEE pours.

Two of the necklaces feature pendants made using a silicone butterfly mold instead of the cookie cutters I’ve been using for other UTEEite embellishments. I experimented with pouring molten transparent UTEE into the high-relief butterfly portion of the mold, and then, before that cooled and hardened, I added swirled opaque colored UTEE around the edges of the butterfly until the mold was full. This technique allowed portions of the butterflies to have transparent UTEE in them from front to back. This makes the back side of the pendants quite interesting and also allows the color of the clothing worn behind the pendant to affect the butterfly’s color.

What do you think of this technique and these four new necklaces? I have lots of UTEEite embellishments waiting to be made into various creations, so watch for more coming soon!

The gold area on the smooth back side of the pendant reveals portions of the butterfly in relief.

Gold portion of the pendant's back side is transparent, revealing the butterfly's wings.