Nicole from Darn Good Yarn just sent me some of her new and very awesome upcycled, reclaimed silk sari ribbon cards. Her packaging has been reimagined and now comes in 5 yard sections that are perfect for jewelry designers and crafters who don’t require a full skein and want a more consistent and wider range of color for their designs.
For those of you that don’t know Darn Good Yarn, Nicole works with factories overseas and upcycles silk scrap from garment factories in India and Nepal that would otherwise be thrown away. She gives women a means to make a living for their families by salvaging and dying the silk remnants and making them into beautiful yarns and ribbons to be used in any project you can imagine.
I have to give Nicole a public congratulations. She is sort of famous now! She recently won the grand prize in the Fed Ex Small Business Grant Contest. No small feat. There were tons of applicants – awesome accomplishment Nicole!
Just look at some of these delicious colors – They are so perfect for spring and summer.
These ribbons make cool wrap bracelets! You can tie just a little bit of silk to an earring for a interesting design accent. They can be combined with chain, leather, wire wrapped beads or you can just simply add a great focal and some beautiful beads for a necklace to create an easy pop of color.
I can just picture these necklaces dressing up a simple t-shirt and jeans!
Go check out DGY and tell Nicole congratulations. She’d like that!
That’s all for now. My house is grand central station this week. Tons of kids in and out for Spring Break. Have a wonderful Easter!
After many comments, personal emails and Pinterest pings about these beaded leather Infinity links, I have finally poured my heart out and created a mini video workshop to help you unleash a little leather link creativity. Thanks to everyone who cheered me on with this little project and for your patience when I said – “it is coming soon”…
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Nina Designs asked four of their blogging design partners to participate in a little Design-Off, so-to-speak, using some of Nina’s beautiful sterling silver jewelry making components. Each of us were sent the same exact package of goodies and our charge was to make a pair of earrings using at least three of the pieces they sent us. I snapped a photo of the components after I had already made two pairs of earrings so here are some of the pieces I didn’t use. I will soon!
I sat and looked at my choices for quite awhile not quite knowing what direction I was headed. I felt I had to add a little leather to my design because that’s one of my favorite things to add to my jewelry and I always like to mix metals if possible to add warmth and contrast. Those were my only thoughts when I started. My challenge was figuring out how to add leather to this pair of earrings and keep them wearable, not too big and not let the leather overwhelm the pretty sterling pieces. I printed the Pantone Spring 2013 color palette and then I was off in my jewelry making ZoNE! Here is what I created.
I made sure to carry the silver ball theme from the fun circle wheels throughout the earrings so I grabbed my torch, took my fine silver wire and created some large balled head pins for the gemstones. Wrapping the brass wire around the cord ends, from my collection, helped to give the earrings an artisan feel and I finished the earrings with some sterling french wires with a ball that I already had from Nina Designs to give it a subtle but cohesive look. I have to say I’m pretty thrilled with these and they are totally wearable in real life!
You have to go there to see what the other designers have made. Choose your favorite design and then vote for my earrings. Did you catch that? I mean vote for your favorite design. Really. My fellow challengers include: Lori Anderson, Carmi Cimicata & Andrew Thornton. Talent overload! The winner receives $100 Nina Designs credit.
The voting runs today, through March 11, 2013. Thanks for your support!
Hi my creative friends! I was working on getting some inspiration for some jewelry I have to make quickly and my mind is a little cluttered these days so it’s been hard to concentrate on making jewelry and feeling creative.
For a little help, I downloaded the Pantone Spring Color Report and then went digging through my bead boxes and poured some beads on the paper. Now I’m feeling a little more focused and my bead play was kind of pretty so I thought I would take a picture for you!
You can enter your name and information on the Pantone site to receive alerts when the new season color forecast is available and you can download your own full color report with interesting information and pictures about how the big fashion designers get inspiration from the Pantone reports. Whether you are making jewelry, items for your home or wanting to update your wardrobe with a few fun accessories for the new season, you will be right on trend if you follow this report!
Hope you are all doing well!