Fascination Chainmail Earrings
Bright, shiny chainmaille earrings with a most definite 80s feel. Best worn with moussed hair and neon leggings. You’ll look so totally bodacious!
Brass and Sterling Silver Spinner Ring
This 13mm (1/2″) wide spinner ring is made from textured brass sheet with 2 patterned sterling silver rings spinning freely around the inner ring.
NY Black & White Snickerdoodle
Nurture, condition and brighten your skin with this decadent soap, infused with the aromatic notes of warm vanilla sugar, sweet butter and cinnamon. This soap is a unique and lovely combination of my two favorite cookies; the NY black and white and snickerdoodles! Just like the cookies, this soap… details »
Wire Art Jewelry by Mel: I started making jewelry over 10 years ago, even longer if you count some jewelry I made with my father while I was still in grade school. I am basically self-taught with the experience of working with several great artists and teaching. My degrees are in art and psychology from a small liberal arts college. I moved to California to go to grad school, but never made it. I started creating jewelry as my main source of income there and began working for a company (whose name I cannot legally mention) making jewelry showcases for department stores. So, you may have seen my work without even knowing it, since they did not incorporate the artists names. I moved back near Chicago a few years ago and continue my passion for art, working from a studio in Wheaton.
I find that one of the most difficult things to organize is my never-ending pile of jewelry. A jewelry box is functional, however, I have found that openly displaying your jewelry can be even more beautiful and can even serve as a piece of artwork within your home.
The handmade jewelry organizer pictured above is from a wonderful shop called BlueBirdHeaven based in Louisville, Kentucky. The artist, Jessica, is a sustainable architectural designer who is the original creator of these jewelry displays made from vintage printer’s drawers. She is passionate about finding ways to reuse the distinctive and beautiful things that surround us. Visit her shop to see all of the different colors and styles available to fit any decorating scheme.
This whimsical little butterfly jewelry display can be found at Hook and Line. The idea for the artist’s designs came from her daughter’s growing love for jewelry and the need for a place to store it all. You can display all sorts of earrings styles on this simple picture frame style organizer. What I love about pieces like this is that you can see all of your earrings at once, so it makes selecting a pair that matches your outfit incredibly simple. No more digging through jewelry boxes, no more searching for that missing earring.
This last jewelry display helps you to organize not only your earrings, but your necklaces as well! Frank and Marla of New Dimension Wood Design have a jewelry display line called Jewelry Holders For You where they specialize in their one of a kind, elegant displays suitable for home use or in a boutique setting. Frank is a professional wood craftsman with forty years of architectural woodworking experience and creates truly beautiful works of art.
Find these and many other jewelry display ideas online, or have fun coming up with your own unique designs! As always, feel free to share your ideas with us!
No intervention needed, I’m fully aware that I’ve been on a jewelry kick for a while… Just let me get it all out of my system. Although, with finds like these earrings from june designs it might take a while.
bio: My name is Joelle, I’m a biology student and I’ve been seriously making jewelry for about one year. I like to use my brain to understand anything and everything, but I NEED to create and I love what is aesthetic and feminine, so I decided to launch into jewelry making. It’s the way I found to express myself.
I make unusual, odd, and silly earrings out of old school shrinkydink plastic. I handdraw and color them and then bake them with love. I like to make silly characters that interact and try to make each of them unique and fun. I was born and raised in Austin and I think a lot of that Keep Austin Weird mentality has rubbed off on me.
How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
I discovered shrinkydinks as an adult while I was in college and was amazed I’d never tried it as a kid. I love to doodle and draw and I’ve found that handdrawing and designing earrings is the perfect medium for the kind of creatures and oddities I create. I got a BS in Creative Advertising so that’s the ideal day job, but I love creating these earrings for my own personal joy.
Is there a story behind the name of your shop?
Its an old user name I came up with just to send good vibes my way. I find it ironic because I usually try to create things that I think will make other people smile as they wear them.
Do you work alone? With a team? Do you engage your family or friends in the work? What is your process? How do you ensure you get your work done yet still have a life?
I work mostly by myself. Occassionally I’ll ask my friends and family for ideas or what they’d like to see as an earring set. I try to think about upcoming holidays or seasons that would make the earrings more relevant. This is my favorite thing to work on when I have free time.
Where do you sell your work? Which venues are your favorites? Do you prefer selling online or in person? Do you attend shows or fairs? Is your work in a gallery or brick-and-mortar store?
I sell them mostly online at http://smileforsuzy.etsy.com but also have them for sale at Storyville on the drag in Austin. I love to hear about the people that buy them and what they personally mean to them.
Do you have any favorite handmade shops or sellers you’d like to recommend?
I’m in love with the clutches they make over at Tsuru Bride.
What inspires and motivates you?
It’s a release for me to create things. Sometimes if it’s been too long since I made something I get antsy about it, and it feels great just to know I made something out of nothing. I love to fill blank canvases with ideas from upstairs.
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