Tag Archive | Earrings

Ruffled Wreaths

RuffledEarrings3aThough it’s still the sweltering dogs days of August, my thoughts have been floating over green pine needles and fresh red cranberries like white snowflakes on a calm winter morning.  I like the combination of pine needles, fresh cranberries, and soft flurries; they evoke winter warmth and hospitality to me.   Besides, thoughts of cooler weather do help during this summer heat.

Some leftover lava red rizo and minty green SuperDuo beads were sitting on my studio worktable in a jumbled pile.  I had some creamy white rulla beads, too, so I added them to the pile.  Beautiful!  The colors melded and played off each other so well, that a new tutorial was in the works.

Developing this new tutorial took a few attempts.  However, how I envisioned the final product was different as to how it came out – ruffled, rather than flat.

It wasn’t a mistake – it was meant to be!  The beads seem to burst like little fireworks, or the hodge-podge orderliness of a cluster of snowflakes.  They are like ruffled wreaths.

My new tutorial is now available in my Etsy shop, Miss Poppy’s  Boutique; cliek HERE for more information.

©Designs by Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within.

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Kon Tiki Earrings

In 1947, Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl organized an expedition via raft to sail across the Pacific Ocean to Polynesia. He posited the idea that pre-Columbian South American peoples could have settled in the Polynesia islands. The raft was named for the Inca sun god “Viracochoa”, and “Kon-Tiki” was an old name for the god.

My friend, Deborah Wear-Finkle, designed a pair of beaded earrings that evoke olden days of the Incas and Polynesia, and she rightly named them “Kon Tiki.” They do have a South Sea isle look about them. I imagine a time long ago, and a Polynesian tribal princess wearing them for a casual cookout with the gang on a beach:

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These are easy earrings to construct. I made my version with silver and grey seed beads, pink crescent beads, black O-beads, black dime beads (in the picture, they’re the smaller beads towards the bottom), and large beads topside (I used black wood beads from Africa on mine).

You can get the tutorial for Deborah’s “Kon Tiki Earrings” at her Esty shop, Shosin Arts. Click on this link: Kon Tiki Earrings.

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©Susan Marie Molloy, Designs by Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within.

Shaken, Not Stirred

il_570xN.811176269_onpsThis is one of my latest creations:  a pair of beaded martini glasses for your ears!  Swarovski crystals and pressed Czech glass are mixed (not shaken) to make these adorable martini glass earrings! The green “olive” even has a red “pimiento.” The martini glass stem is made of Swarovski crystals and frosted Czech glass beads. Handcrafted silver plated ear wires add that extra unique style that’s you. Contact me for other custom made possibilities.  Click on the photo to enter my shop, or CLICK HERE TO ENTER MISS POPPPY’S BOUTIQUE.

LENGTH: 1-3/8”
WIDTH: 1/2″

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Hotel Beach Show

I was at an arts and crafts show last weekend with Gene of Gene’s Joint.  We participated with three other artisans, at the invitation of a person who, on a whim, set it up.

We had a small conference room in a hotel, and the premise was that hotel guests would stop by on their way to the lobby.

I was pleased to sell one of my nicest pieces at the show.  The buyer liked the dyed orange jade nuggets, and she fell in love with the handcrafted wire settings I made for the earrings. They were the ones that Gene of Gene’s Joint taught me.  I used copper wire that married well with the orange jade nuggets, and I added Swarovski bicone elements to add just a touch of flash and sparkle.  To go with it, I wire wrapped a bracelet, and together they made a pretty and very unique set.

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One of the most unexpected sales that Gene made was as we were leaving and packing up.  We were headed out through the hotel lobby, and a young lady stopped to admire one of the earring displays we were carrying.  Right then and there, she bought Gene’s “Abacus Earrings,” hand wrapped with bronze wire and obsidian beads, set together to look like little abacuses.  She was thrilled at acquiring such a unique piece.

For both Gene of Gene’s Joint and I, it was a successful weekend.  We got our business promoted, sold our art, and made happy customers, too.

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Size Matters

I’ve been busy this summer designing, creating, and writing.  I’m looking forward to publishing my next book (look for the announcement HERE).

In the beading world, I surprised myself with new beads and the ideas they present.  Specifically, I am working on a new pattern for a necklace, whose idea came to me while working on earrings.

In the picture below, you see two beads made with the same stitches, albeit with different square beads.  On the left is a bead made with Japanese Tila beads and 15o and 11o seed beads.  On the right is the same pattern, but with square Czech beads and the same size 15o and 11o seed beads.  Notice the considerable size difference.

Tila versus Square Czech Beads. See the difference?

Tila versus Square Czech Beads. See the difference?

Working with Tila beads produced a dainty beaded bead, but I found them to be a little “slippery” while beading.  Additionally, they didn’t seem to hold the cube shape as well as the one made with the Czech squares.

With a little more work and tweaking, I was able to produce a nice, compact beaded bead.   Two black and aqua blue earrings was my final product.  To see them, click HERE.

I’m working on another beaded bead project, and when it’s done, I’ll be share it with you.

Delightful Beading Wishes,

Susan

 

©SusanMarieMolloy

Designer and Owner

Miss Poppy’s Boutique

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Needling

Needle

Beading needles should not be so damaged during the first project. This is bad.

One of the most important suggestions I cannot stress enough is using very good quality tools, including beading needles.

I make the mistake of buying beading needles made in China.  Of the five in the pack I bought, three broke within a couple of weeks.  One of them broke off in my finger (you can read about that debacle here in my blog, “Safety First“).

 

I have some wide eyed beading needles from India.  Fair to good, I would say, but they bend, curve, and twist like crazy.  These aren’t worth it, unless you’re using them for one project only.

The best beading needles, by far, are ones made in Japan.  I find them sturdy and available in all sizes and lengths to help you create your professional beadwork.

The slightly extra cost is worth it.  You would actually be spending more in the long run if you kept on buy Chinese made needles, for sure.

Happy Beading,

Susan Marie Molloy

Designer and Owner of Miss Poppy’s Boutique

 

Spring Show

We set up our table at the Emerald Coast Bead Society Spring Bead Show earlier this month, and the event was successful. It was held at a local church in town.

My husband, who is an artist and owns Gene’s Joint, and I shared a table. This arrangement worked well. We could take breaks and cover one another’s’ items, and not skip a beat.

There's Gene from Gene's Joint preparing for the show.

There’s Gene from Gene’s Joint preparing for the show.

We visited our fellow artists’ tables, and we found some pretty nifty creations and supplies. We had a lot of fun talking and laughing with a fellow member whose table was behind ours. Fun times!

All of our fellow bead society members made lovely art, including jewelry, handcrafted glass and polymer clay beads, and similar art. I only wish I remembered to take a few pictures to show their outstanding work.

View from my side of the table with a few of my handcrafted charms and earrings.

View from my side of the table with a few of my handcrafted charms and earrings.

Lunch was tasty. The spinach quiche I had was delicious, and my husband’s turkey sandwich was to die for. The ladies of the church made a large selection of great-tasting and healthy food for our bead society.

One of the things that I would do differently would be to better organize our box of organza bags, gift boxes, and sales slips. I threw everything in a box (including extra business cards and pens) under the table, and it was sloppy. I’ll be better set up at our next show.

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This is a mess. Organization is the key for the next show!

 

Overall, my husband and I had a fun time and sold a lot of our work. I even garnered a few custom orders.

I heartily suggest attending a bead show anywhere there is one available in your area. The work is beautiful, and sure beats the cheap, breakable junk that’s imported from China.

Before the crowds.

Before the crowds.

Support your local artists.

Happy Beading,

Susan Marie Molloy

Designer and Owner, Miss Poppy’s Boutique