Friday, June 20, 2008

Whew! More jewelry listed on Etsy!

I think my favorite piece is this:



Or maybe this one, though I haven't uploaded it yet:



Sometimes I think my jewelry is too simple. Especially when I look at the series of Green Girl pieces at Flickr, I think, hmm, each piece is just a single kind of stone with a fun pendant.

It's hard to remember what actually goes into that simple, single stone necklace.

First, you have to find a good stone for the pendant. These were easy because they're silver, but I still tried to find sea-themed materials, or materials that evoked the sea.

Second, you have to have good stringing material. I used Soft-Flex .019, as I do for most things. You need to crimp it securely with good quality crimps and crimping pliers.

Third, you need to understand some of the quirks. You can't just randomly string the beads on the necklace. You need to look at each bead with a critical eye. I always match the beads on either side and string both sides at the same time. Even though the beads look the same at first glance, there are often differences in tone, length, and texture. For the mermaid necklace, I wanted to keep the bluest beads for the earrings and to surround the mermaid, and I sorted the rest by color tone and graduated them.

And last, you need to find the right beads for in between the stone beads, if you need them.

I'm hoping that people will respond to these pieces. I love the Green Girl Studios pendants and I hope that people will look past the simplicity of the pieces and see them in a positive light.

4 comments:

Softflexgirl said...

I love the Green Girl Studios Pendant. They make such nice components!

Sara Hardin
www.SoftFlexCompany.com

laurelmoon said...

Oh, hooray! It's nice to see a familiar face.

I was so busy at B&B I had no time to wander around and talk to people, unfortunately!

(Those pendants are addictive, lol. I just keep buying more, and they work so well with just about everything...)

Andrew Thornton said...

Great pieces! I love your story about the creation and process that goes behind the creation of your pieces. Great work! You're Number One!

laurelmoon said...

Aw, thanks so much! Your pieces are so tremendously inspiring. I really love working with them.