Saturday, August 21, 2010

Seaglass Pendants

Since I just finished an order for a Custom Seaglass Ring today, I figured I'd do a quick feature on my Seaglass Necklaces that I have available. As some of you know already, I do some work with sea glass that I used to find with my family when I was younger: we literally had bags and bags of what we found on the beaches. I recently decided to try and make these memories into some beautiful jewelry pieces, by wrapping them with silver plated wire (pictured here is a "cage" wire-wrapping technique) and stringing them onto a cord.

I usually try and create a pop with a brightly colored cord, although I have done pieces that are more subtle with a black satin or woven cord. The blue that is pictured is actually suede - saw it at Michael's and couldn't resist :) These necklaces are super popular when I have jewelry shows - they add a touch of summer to any outfit.

Want to see if I have a certain color? Need a custom piece for an upcoming birthday? Pissed that I apparently didn't wear enough sunscreen earlier in the day when I modeled this piece? Let me know!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wedding Calligraphy for Place Cards

I just got this image from a client's wedding and I was totally stoked about her calligraphy project so I wanted to share it with you. She came to me a few months back with this idea to have wedding calligraphy done on artist palettes as her wedding place cards, as she was getting married in the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Her father-in-law cut the palettes out of little wooden hearts that she found at Michael's, and her mother-in-law then dotted the edges with paint.

I tested out the wood when she first suggested this idea, and I asked her to coat the wood with some sort of clear coat of paint: this was because when I used ink on the surface, the wood was so soft that it bled and absorbed the ink around it, so I couldn't make crisp lines.

Looks like they all worked out! It was kind of difficult determining how the names "lined up", as there's no bottom edge of the card to compare it to. But, all pinned up on the board like this, on a navy background with paint splatters all around it looks completely amazing. I'm waiting for more professional images, as this was a quick shot taken by a friend, so I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, enjoy my calligraphy awesomeness.

If you have a creative place card / table card wedding calligraphy idea, please email me. Seriously. This stuff makes me really happy :D

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