Wednesday, September 14, 2011

rock candy.

here are some semi-precious stones i can't wait to use! 
top picture going clockwise: pyrite (i've used this a ton, but i wanted to show them next to the following), gold plated pyrite, silver plated pyrite and oxidized silver plated pyrite. with the price of gold going skyward, it's nice to have an alternative. and pyrite is my favorite stone so what could be better than pyrite with a gold overlay?!
bottom picture: i bought these druzy quartz beads today...i am so excited about these. there's something about druzys that i just love. i think it's the fact that they remind me of all the beautiful stones i used to want to touch at the science museum as a kid. (the rocks and stones were my favorite exhibit.) actually we recently went back and some things hadn't changed, thankfully. if you have not gone in a while (or ever) i suggest you take yourself one rainy afternoon to the cranbrook institute of science. it's interesting going as an adult. in some ways you feel transported back in time and in other ways you notice things you never would have as a kid. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

yellow fever

some bracelets i worked on today...i learned a couple new tricks thanks to andrea at beadaholique!


 bracelets i've made recently. from top bracelet to bottom bracelet: yellow agate, turquoise swarovski beads,  black swarovski beads w/ sterling silver stardust bead, apatite (blue one), metal pave beads, beads i salvaged from an old necklace.
"rosary bracelets" made from wood beads and wood crosses i recently found at the gem show.

 24" necklace made from gold filled chain, turquoise beads and gold filled stardust beads.
henry and his cute little tongue.

Friday, September 2, 2011

alexis bittar, you know i love you.

one of my favorite costume jewelry designers is alexis bittar. he's a self-taught designer out of brooklyn and has gotten insanely popular in the last few years. now not only do small boutiques (including hanan's) carry his wacky/classy/luxe/gorgeous jewelry but big department stores like neiman marcus and nordstrom. his fall 2011 lookbook is a bizarre piece of work..and i love it. these are the highlights in my opinion. i want! (i NEED a neon bangle..or two.) 

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