Friday, December 26, 2008


I made these pieces for my mother and sister this Christmas.

Orange Menageries is dyed turquoise. The wire wrapping is done in copper (of course- my favorite material!). The largest stone is 2.25 inches in diameter. The smallest is around 1.5 inches across. Each piece is connected to copper chain (16 or 14 gauge).

The New Year's Eve set is made from glass "disco beads" and gold fire polished Czech glass bead with a gold plated rose box clasp.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Year ending

This year has been a hectic whirl wind of jewelry making and new shows. This is the first year that I have done independent shows and I loved it! It was interesting to see people come to my booth and oooohh an aaaaah over pieces that I've spent hours and hours making! It was good to get out there to a wider audience and see that yep, these pieces catch attention and inspire people.

This new year of out there in the world of jewelry makers and competing for customers and dollars in hard economic times and still succeeding has also taught me a few things. Give quality and art at reasonable prices. Striking a balance between material costs, labor costs, transportation, etc. cost and matching that with a fair price and a price that customers can afford is a difficult balancing act. As artists we have to get a reasonable return. Yet, we have to offer items to customers at various price points in order to make a living from our artistic skills. Setting up at the shows and talking with customers, seeing what they like and don't, etc. was a huge help in marketing and creative inspiration.

This too, was a new exciting piece of the artist as seller experience! It was good to see that my particularbent on jewelry excited people. It was also excellent to expand my own realms. For example, I LOVE LOVE LOVE making large pieces. Therefore most of my creations followed that line. I also liked to make sets. However, I discovered that the majority of my sales were earrings or bracelets. This helped to push me to make more bracelet designs which I did not do so much of.

Over all this whole year of jewelry making and setting up my official business has been a wonderful learning experience! I can't wait to see what 2009 holds!!!

I want to say a tremendous thank you to all of the people who purchased pieces from me and to all of those who helped with marketing- my mother and here excellent display abilities and my sister and her excellent saleswoman abilities!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Titian Temptress - My Bead Jewelry Muse

Titian (tish-en) Temptress: ON the Bead Binge August 11, 2007

Titian Temptress
Sometimes it amazes me how something takes a hold of you and refuses to let go. The muse, of whatever craft or art you choose, snatches you from some other area of your life and drags you into her crafty web spell. I love it! I've needed to get out of one mind and soul and emotional draining suck pool into something more beautiful and uplifting. My writing muse, she's blue, her name is Blue, her skin is blue, her favorite color is blue, her feeding is blue depression or blue passion or blue thunder. I don't know what color my beading muse is. She hasn't told me yet.

She's crafty, that bead muse. Maybe she's not a "bead" muse. Maybe she is a
jewelry muse, or the wire wench. Aaah yes, the Wire Wench! How devil may care, how violent, how brilliant, how savage! Yes, Wire Wench. She's silver. She's silver filigreed with crystal droplets at the corners of her eyes. Her lips are glittered blue, a tribute to her writing sister. Her lashes are 32-gauge silver coils, perfectly shaped. Her skin is warm caramel copper. In the sunlight she shimmers metallic red and quick mercury silver. Her hair is banded in silver and copper it hangs to her waist when straight; it frizzes to bi-colored layers when not. She wears copper and silver chaine maile. She wears copper arm and ankle bands. Down her right side is an African tribal carved and filled with twisted streams of copper and silver.

Maybe her name is Copper Queen, Titian (tish-en) Temptress! That is she!!

An itroduction to Lola D's jewelry muse.