Friday, June 20, 2008

With all those arms, a girl's gotta have some jewelry

Two new pieces today. I've had them here for a while and decided to finally try what I'd been seeing with the octopus from the moment I decided to buy her.

The first piece is a sweet octopus named Olivia. She has scooped up some treasures from the sea and they trail from one of her arms. She is just over 2" wide, and 3 3/4" tall, from her head to the bottom of the siam swarovski crystal drop. The finish on her is hand-aged and buffed to a nice, deep lustre. The semi-precious jewels that hang from are a large, creamy cultured freshwater pearl, two 4mm labradorite rounds, two 4mm celestial larimar rounds, two garnet nuggets and the siam swarovski, all accented with little copper glass Czech beads. The chain is antiqued brass and is accented with another large pearl, a couple more garnet nuggets and two little copper Czech beads.

This necklace has no length, as you get to decide how long you want it to be when you order it. You get the first 20" of chain free; after that, it will be $ 0.35 extra per inch. This way, it's made to fit you perfectly and either fit like a semi-choker, with the drops in your cleavage, or as a long pendant. The cost for this item is $34.00. Update: The lovely Olivia has been sold and will be going to a very good home! I will have more for sale soon, though, so if you love her and must have her, I can make more. Drop me a line if you need Olivia. :)

Vintage Lily
Next up is a pair of brass earrings based upon a pair of 20mm vintage brass lilies. I gave them a unusual cant so the front can be seen from the front, instead the best part facing downwards.

The inside off these are polished brass that really shines, and as you can see is an excellent reflective surface for the deep tanzanite 6x8 Czech glass flower cup beads, the 4x6mm Czech glass baby bell flowers (in milky strawberry), and the 8mm pale amethyst crystal rivoli swarovskis that hang front and center.

While these earrings are not OOAK, in that I will be making more (though they will likely vary in some ways), they are uniquely my own design. Adding beads to the ear wires is another custom touch, that by using the gold-rose faux metallic and two-tone glass Czech beads on the leverback earwires, they have a bit more sparkle and glow. I've been doing this sort of thing for a while, both as a different way of creating decorative ear wires, and also as a way to do something unique that can be customized for each pair of earrings. you do have to mind that they can come off when putting on and removing the earrings, so I will include some extra beads, just in case. These earrings are rather dainty in some ways, as each earring is only 1.5" long earwire tip to flowery bottom. They even make a charming little tinkling sound when you shake your head. The pair sells for $13.50.

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