Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tis The Season: Silver Wire Wrapped Name Bracelets

Last year's holiday season was all about my wire wrapped infinity rings. So far, this year seems to be all about my silver wire wrapped name bracelets:

I've gotten many orders for these over the past few weeks, mostly from people who intend to give them as holiday or Christmas gifts. I guess people like to give personalized presents -- and if they can't make them themselves, they have someone else design something that's special. I love giving friends my jewelry and enjoy it when people give me personalized gifts, as well. I always appreciate when thought was put into a present and hope that the recipients of these bracelets enjoy wearing them.

By far the most interesting request I got was from a woman whom I'm assuming works at or owns a stable. She asked that I make several bracelets that featured the names of her clients' horses. This is such a cute idea! My husband joked that I should make bracelets FOR the horses, but I think this is a great way for the riders to honor their beloved animals.

I'm not sure why name bracelets are popular this year -- but if people like my work and want to wear my pieces, I'm just going to keep making what they want!

To purchase my jewelry, head to Naomi's Designs or MayaGirl Creations.

Enamel Clouds In Sky Pendants

Though many of my designs are pretty complicated, I sometimes like to make simpler pieces. These can be just as pretty and eye-catching, especially when I use a nice, bright color. In my last enameling class, I made this pair of blue and white "clouds in sky" pendants:

For both, I simply used Aqua and Foundation White enamels, but I first put down a layer of silver foil on the heart. This is why the blue is a bit richer and has a sparkly finish. To be honest, I'm not sure I like the shiny background; it reminds me a bit of when I used to get shiny, sparkly heart stickers as a kid (hey, this was the '80s!). I like the square piece, though, which looks a lot more realistic. When I look at this one, I can actually imagine that I'm staring into a blue sky filled with soft, floating clouds.

In keeping with the simplicity theme, I finished off these necklaces by attaching them to black silk cords. I didn't want to add beads or crystals, or even a chain -- I just wanted the "sky" to stand out. It's been freezing cold in my area, but these pendants make me think about -- and long for! -- Spring.

To check out more of my jewelry, head to Naomi's Designs or MayaGirl Creations.