Jewelry

Jewelry for Advent (And a Rosary, Too)

Advent, like Thanksgiving, is often overlooked in the excitement for Christmas. While advertisements (and sometimes this blog) remind you that it’s time to think about what you’re going to buy, Advent is there to remind you to slow down and take your time preparing for the big day and the arrival of baby Jesus. This year, advent begins on Nov. 29. Advent colors are purple (or sometimes blue) and pink, which means that this blog is going to consist of purple things. I’d include blue and pink things too, but I’ve already done that here and here.

Purple Magnesite and Gray Pearl Bracelet

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This is the single-strand version of my triple-strand purple magnesite bracelet. If you’re curious, you can read all about that one and additional purple jewelry in a guest blog post that I wrote for Yvette. Anyways, if you’re not into statement pieces, but are still looking for something interesting to attach around your wrist, then this bracelet does the trick. It’s a very simple design, yet the play with patterns and textures is what makes this bracelet unique. Also, I love how well the lavender shade of the magnesite goes with the smoky gray pearls.

Dark Purple Necklace

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I’m pretty sure this was one of the first necklaces I made for my Etsy shop. Its design was based off a necklace I made for a friend for homecoming. I liked how it turned out so much that I made another one. I like how the round beads at the top are darker than the oval ones below. I also like the little pendant of clustered black shell discs. I tied in the black pendant by adding black seed beads throughout the necklace.

Purple and Pink Advent Rosary

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If you’re wondering why this one doesn’t have a link, it’s not a mistake. It doesn’t have a link because it’s not even up in my shop yet. That’s right, this is the debut of my new rosary. Seeing how popular my agate and gold rosary was, I decided I should start adding more to my rosary section. I was inspired by the colors of the candles on an Advent wreath, and I like how the four pink week beads mimic the general design of the wreath. And what better time to debut it than right before Advent and the reopening of my shop after a long vacation?

Coupon Code

The moment you’ve all been waiting for! (Or maybe just me.) As promised last week, my Black Friday coupon code is BFRI15. Use this code to get 15% off any purchase from Yellow Raspberry Jewelry from Black Friday through Cyber Monday (Nov. 27-30).

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Yellow Flowers

Yellow is my favorite color, so whenever I make yellow jewelry, it usually ends up being for me. Looking at my shop awhile back, it came to my attention that a shop called “Yellow Raspberry Jewelry” ought to have more yellow jewelry in it. So now you know that whenever there’s yellow jewelry in my shop, I probably wanted to keep it for myself.

Earrings

Yellow Flower Earrings

Yellow Flower Earrings

Walking through the bead store one day, I came across these beautiful yellow mother-of-pearl yellow flower disc beads. I wanted to make some sort of necklace with them, but could never come up with quite the right design. So I decided to make some earrings instead. I used some clear, yellow-lined Czech crystals to go at the bottoms, and the top is adorned with a wrapped wire technique. I really like how they came out, and I think the shiny silver-tone components help to bring out the yellow a bit more. They make for some cute little dangle earrings that will add just the right pop of yellow to an outfit.

Necklace

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Finally, I came up with a design to make a necklace out of these beautiful mother-of-pearl flowers. I had a two-stranded one in mind, that would become one strand about halfway up. It was a bit difficult to execute, since it wasn’t easy getting the strands to match up where I wanted them. With a little bit of patience and work, I was able to get it just how I had envisioned, which is always a nice feeling when creating something. I think it came out really well, and it’s very pretty. The color alone makes it a bit of a statement piece, and now the earrings have a matching necklace to go with them.

Yellow Raspberry Jewelry reopens in only 10 days! I hope you’re as excited as I am. Next week’s post will reveal the Black Friday coupon code, so get ready! The code will also be going up on my Tumblr, so it’ll be hard to miss.

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Beaded Necklace Goals

I’m always looking for ways to improve my craft, and I find that inspiration is the key. Because we’re human, it’s risky to try new things since it’s impossible to get it right the first time. It’d be awesome to learn a new jewelry making technique over night because then it wouldn’t cost me as much in supplies for pieces that didn’t turn out quite right. But I think not taking the risk is even riskier because it’s costing me the opportunity for growth. I may not get it right the first few times, but after a few more tries, I will have mastered it pretty well (hopefully).

In these next two pieces of mine, I’ve been trying to change up my usual style, but I feel it could be even better. In fact, I found a couple other necklaces on Etsy that I’d love to learn how to make. Etsy is a boundless muse for inspiration in upping your jewelry making game. When I figure out how to make these, maybe I’ll put up a tutorial so that you can add to your skills as well. Let me know in the comments if you’d be interested.

My Recently Created Pieces

Blue and Opal Necklace
This is my blue and opal necklace. It started out with the opal chip beads. I thought about making a winter-y necklace, so I included the oval blue crystal beads. Continuing on that same note, I went with the smokey gray pearls and the aurora borealis finished China cut glass discs. The top part of the necklace still needed some color, so I went with the clear sky blue seed beads.

Blue and Opal Necklace
It turned out looking very wintry, which was my intent, so in that sense it’s a success. However, I played it very safe in creating this as one of my usual single-strand necklaces.
Owl Pendant Necklace
With this owl necklace, I tried to change things up a bit more. Again, I experimented with pattern, texture, and color. I even tried to get a little creative with the pendant. I liked how the silver owl looked with the leopard jasper chips, and started pulling out some more beads that had been sitting around for a while. The brown discs went well with the browns in the jasper beads, but it would need some sort of color. I went with green, to bring out some of the green in the jasper.
Owl Pendant Necklace
For the pendant, I knew it wouldn’t be very exciting to just have a random pewter owl charm thrown on the end, so I played around a little more until I got a good look. The black disc behind the owl reminds me of the moon, only the owl is not the silhouette in this case. It’s reversed, which I think gives it a bit more added interest in unpredictability. Although I did experiment more with colors in this one, it’s still just my usual single strand necklace.

Necklaces I Admire

The braided seed bead style is something that I’ve wanted to learn for a while, and I like the way Gale of Bantering Bird Jewelry executes the design. The colors give off this rustic vibe, which she ties in with the burlap necklace display. She also changes it up by putting the clasp on the side, which adds a little bit of asymmetry and keeps you guessing. I’m also in love with how she attached the pendant. It makes me think of a butterfly’s antennae. The leather makes it feel like mixed media art, which I think can be hard to pull off with jewelry. I would love to see my jewelry at this level someday. (Click on the picture for a direct link to the necklace listing. Photo belongs to Gale of Bantering Bird Jewelry.)
I’ve been admiring insoujewelry‘s designs for some time. Susan and Iness do a great job of incorporating flowers and nature into their statement pieces, and I have especially been loving all of their fall designs. Statement pieces have been a struggle for me, so I tend to avoid making them. However, seeing how beautiful they can be in this necklace, I might just change my mind. The colors in this necklace remind me so much of fall, and the flowers are arranged so well on this necklace, it’d be like wearing a bouquet that never dies. (Click on the photo for a direct link to the necklace listing. Photo belongs to Susan and Iness of insoujewelry.)

Learning a new technique can be a struggle when it doesn’t come out the way we want. It’s easy to say it’s impossible and just give up on trying to learn it. If you ever get that feeling, just look back at these necklaces, or find some other designs to aspire to. Being reminded of the goal helps keep you motivated to achieve it!

Right now my shop is on vacation because I’m currently studying abroad in Japan. I’m actually taking a class on digital photography, and I’ve learned a few things that I think will help to improve my jewelry photos as well. A photography post may be in order. Let me know below.