Tag Archive | Orange

Moonglow in the Palm of Your Hand

chakra-2aA couple weeks ago, as I was researching for some new projects, I stumbled upon the prettiest cabochons I ever saw:  LunaSoft.

These cabochons have such a beautifully soft and glowing presence about them, they mesmerized me.  When they arrived in my bead shop, one or more of each available color, it was “ooooo” and “ahhhh” non-stop.   It’s one thing to see them in a photograph, and quite another to see them live.

The colors are rich.  The glow is soft.  The backs are metal coated.  The faces feel like they are lightly coated with rubber, or something like it.  The biggest question I had was, “How are they to work with?”

“Wow!” is my answer.

I choose to design a peyote bezel for a pendant using Japanese seed beads and SuperDuo beads, worked around a copper-hued LunaSoft cabochon.  Working the bezel around the cabochon proved to be remarkably pleasant.  I would even go so far to say that the coating seemed to hold the bezel well while stitching.   The way the cabochon seemed to change its glow was amusing.  Depending on how the light hit it, it looked solid, it seemed to glow, or it flashed a rich coppery hue with depth.  I have several more tutorials in the works using LunaSoft cabochons.

Other LunaSoft colors range from reds, to blues, to greens, to oranges, to white and black, and more. At the moment, we have several colors of the round 23mm ones in our bead shop.  I plan to order more in different sizes and shapes to stock in October.  In the meantime, see what’s available now:  CLICK HERE to see more.

If you like something a little different and something fun to work with, I recommend the LunaSoft cabochons, hands down.

If you’d like to learn more about my tutorial, CLICK HERE.

Add some moon glow to your repertoire!

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

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

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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Gene sells at Gene’s Joint by CLICKING HERE.

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

Juicy Orange

When I shop for beads and findings, sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t, have a creation already sketched out. There are times — many times — that I will be looking for one thing in particular, and I come across something different altogether.  Most importantly, I am always on the lookout for the unique.

One day as I was searching for unique beads for no particular project, I came across a string or two of dyed jade beads.

Orange dyed jade beads.

Orange that looks juicy and fresh and evokes thoughts of citrus pieces and icy cold Dreamsicles on a summer day.

I bought as many beads as was available, knowing that some grand project would pop into my creative mind.

On my studio worktable, I laid them out, sorting by size, general shape, and shade of orange. I placed all the different colored wire next to them – silver, brass, black, red, gold. No, none of those worked. Then I tried copper. Voila! That was the ticket.

First, to make the bracelet, I hand wrapped several beads with the copper wire and added tiny pale pink crystal beads along each side of the bead. I added a simple lobster clasp, and the piece was finished. It looks rich, simple, lovely, unique, and a little Bohemian. It looks good dressed up or dressed down.

Juicy Orange Bracelet By Susan Marie Molloy of Miss Poppy's Boutique

Juicy Orange Bracelet By Susan Marie Molloy of Miss Poppy’s Boutique

Next, I enlisted the help of Gene from Gene’s Joint. Under his tutelage, I learned how to wire wrap a graceful S curve for a pair of earrings. I added several tiny pink crystal beads to each single orange bead earring and curved the wire just so to give it that “S”. I handcrafted ear wires, too, and hand wrapped them to each dangle. The result is stunning!

Orange Dyed Jade Earrings By Susan Marie Molloy of Miss Poppy's Boutique

Orange Dyed Jade Earrings By Susan Marie Molloy of Miss Poppy’s Boutique

I invite you to read more about these pieces by clicking on the pictures above. You will be taken to my Etsy shop in no time flat.

I hope you find these pieces irresistibly tempting.

~Susan Marie Molloy
Designer and Owner of Miss Poppy’s Boutique

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