by gwen harlow

Posts Tagged "jewelry"

Day 6: Create your own color palette

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in craft | 0 comments

palette

Blush and gold and grey and navy.

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Day 13: Inspiration Board

Posted by on Mar 13, 2012 in craft | 0 comments

Today’s challenge is to make an inspiration board. I’ve always had a journal, the writing kind, but a couple years ago, my artist friend Karin showed me hers and I was blown away by the page after page of beautiful art instead of a jumble of pointless words. So I’ve been trying to keep more of a visual journal, which is mostly me amassing torn scraps from magazines and occasionally sitting down and gluing them in. I also practice my calligraphy (still working on that) and keep movie ticket stubs and lists of things I want to do this summer and occasionally even draw (still working on that, too). So these are a couple pages from that.

Jewelry

Style

Hair

So we’re not going in order any more, I’m just doing things as I get them done and photographed. Days 6 and 8 are queued up already, 11 and 12 need photos, Day 9 I should have saved that flower for.

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Days 7, 10: Different metal and found object

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in craft | 0 comments

sea pottery, soldered

I got the correct tape and gave soldering another shot, on a piece of beach pottery I found on the San Francisco Bay. It is not the prettiest soldering work ever, and I am very badly burned, and I managed to use up half the spool of solder, and I couldn’t get the jump ring to stay on — maybe I should practice on something a little more regularly-shaped til I get this down.

Day 7: Use a different metal in your jewelry
Day 10: Use a found object

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Day 5: Incorporate chain into a jewelry design

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in craft | 0 comments

Day 4 was Organize your bead area. I cleaned up my tote bag. I would take a picture but would just think, lord, her bag is a *mess*. But all the stray little beads got put away and my findings and pendants and grouped nicely and believe me, it is about eighty times better and that’s what counts. If you’re feeling disappointed by the lack of evidence, here is a picture of someone who is seriously organized:

There are many other fly ladies on the Fusion Beads Facebook page, if you like that sort of thing.

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Day 5 is incorporate chain into something. I made a rosary-style long necklace with a mix of gunmetal and brass, vintage glittered and Czech glass and gemstone beads.

It seemed like a nice place to hang my favorite old rhinestone button.

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Day 3: Learn a new beading technique

Posted by on Mar 4, 2012 in craft | 0 comments

I tried to solder a piece of beach pottery to make it into a pendant, but that didn’t work out at all — there were many extremely frustrated attempts at making the solder not go flying off the piece and spent an hour turning the internet upside down trying to figure out WHY until finding out I was using the wrong kind of tape. Even though it is clearly labeled as being for soldering. Anyway. I will get some proper tape and redo that later.

So I made a singed-edged flower and sewed a vintage-style cluster of beads in the center, then took a trio of ribbons, did some heavy wire wrapping at a couple points, then tried doing a wire-wrapped finding-end instead of using a crimp. I think I might take the flower off and stick it on a hairpin instead, I’ll probably get more use out of it that way.

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Day 2: Use up some leftover beads

Posted by on Mar 3, 2012 in craft | 1 comment

Day 2 Use up some bead leftovers

Amy’s jade drops came in fours so she said I should use the extras for day 2.

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Day 1: Make earrings

Posted by on Mar 3, 2012 in craft | 1 comment

Amy lost one of her favorite earrings and asked if I’d be able to replicate it since she’d bought it years ago and the designer had closed up her etsy shop.

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Day 5 Necklace : Teal array

Posted by on Feb 5, 2012 in craft | 0 comments

Day 5 Necklace

Hey guys, it’s Day 5 but I gotta go eat some chicken and drink some beer so I don’t have time to write except that if someone knows what this style of bead is called, leave me a note because I don’t. It’ll be on etsy after some team wins something later on. xoxo.

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I’m making a necklace a day through February. See all my daily necklaces here. Then stop by to visit per:cent blog, who’s doing it, too.

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Day 2 Necklace : Vintage green buttons

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in craft, photo | 0 comments

Necklace a Day 2 green buttons

Early last month I read a blog post talking about ways to reorganize your jewelry-making stash for the new year by dividing it into three categories: keep, discard, and repurpose. Which I thought was pretty genius — I have a zillion little half-finished or finished-but-I’m-so-over pieces in piles everywhere yet it never occurred to me to take them apart. Really.

This necklace comprises the cannibalized remains of several necklaces and bracelets I made a couple years back when I was super into the vintage buttons. I still am, but something about each piece just wasn’t quite right, so I put them aside and let them gather dust for a long time.

So when I read that blog post, the button pieces were the first things that popped into my head. I took them apart and collaged all the buttons and a couple accents beads together then added a fatter chain for a little more heft. Which I really like and am tempted to keep (that green focal button is one of my favorites, it has this really awesome fading along the edges) but I really don’t need more jewelry.*

You, however, DO need more jewelry and you can buy this necklace on etsy.

Use coupon code FEBRUARY12 for 15% off anything in my shop through the month.

I’m making a necklace a day through February. See all my daily necklaces here. Then stop by to visit per:cent blog, who’s doing it, too.

* I say that, but really? If you are looking for a Valentine’s present to buy me, I would wear this every single day.

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February Challenge: Necklace a Day

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in craft, meme, photo | 0 comments

necklaces by gwen!

Fellow East Bay Arts Collective member Katherine of Percent is organizing a necklace-a-day challenge for February. I always see those 30-day prompts (your instagrams, blogging cues, drawings, etc.) and think they’d be fun but they’re not quite motivating enough for me.

This one is right up my alley, since jewelry-making is the one thing I do regularly — I have my tray next to my TV-watching chair and it’s a good excuse for watching guilty-pleasure shows (“But I’m making something! I just like the background noise!”). And I am really, really bad at getting around to photographing and posting my jewelry on my etsy store, so it’s great to have this commitment to get me to get off my butt and do something with my jewelry besides letting it gather dust.

I’m making one necklace each day (I started last night), then photographing, blogging, and etsy-posting the following day. I’m going to try very hard, anyway. And I might make the occasional bracelet or pair of earrings instead some days. You will have to check back to find out! (If you like me on Facebook, you can get updated when I post there.)

Anyone who’s interested in the challenge should join in, see Katherine’s original February Challenge: Necklace a Day post on her blog for details.

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Vintage green balls necklace

Posted by on Jun 11, 2011 in craft | 1 comment

One of these days I’m going to get around to putting stuff up on my etsy but I feel I’ve accomplished quite a bit just by managing to take a photo of something.

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My creative space

Posted by on Aug 4, 2010 in craft, meme | 1 comment

I made a couple of these vintage button necklaces awhile back and am just getting around to photographing them…the warm summery gold and cream of this one is my favorite so far.
Available at gwen.etsy.com

Golden button necklace #3

It’s been awhile since I’ve made a nest but I recently sold my favorite nest necklace and it seemed like time to make another.

Little wire nest

I scored some antique chandelier crystals at an estate sale recently. They will be added to pretty, sparkly accessories soon!

Estate sale score

And here are some of the necklaces I’ve made but haven’t had the time to list yet. One of these days…

Some of the crap I need to photograph and sell

[my creative space]

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