I thought I’d show you another example of a request for custom-made earrings. These were more of a departure from the original pair…design does morph in interesting ways! This was the pair that started the discussion:
She wanted some purple in there, and maybe a floral pattern rather than the sort-of-geometric heart pattern here. So, well, one thing led to another – and did I mention she needed her earrings to be clip-ons? By the way that’s never a problem, I can always adapt a pierced earring style to make clip-ons. Or vice versa.
And after the back-and-forth process, here are her earrings:
And, gotta say, the absolute best part – is that she loves them
Okay, maybe kaleidoscope. Or mandala (that’s what I first thought). Or even “snowflake” (remember the snowflakes we used to cut out as kids?) – that’s what these new earrings remind me of.
They’re big, colorful, and lightweight earrings – lacquered paper, with a bit of curve and a lot of shine. And available in custom colors, of course.
Just for fun
I’m calling this “Part One” because I’m going to come back in a day or three and post an update. I just found these lovely silver flower connectors – take a look, you can see a sort of hidden loop on the back:
Now, I know these aren’t paper. But I love combining media. So in a few days, I’m going to post some pics showing these lovely silver (over brass) flowers, paired with my paperjewels.
P.S. P.S. The flower connectors themselves are available in my Etsy jewelry supplies shop or just go there and send me a note if you can’t find them!
This is going to be exciting. I’ve been experimenting with a new technique – and some super affordable Paper Jewels.
One of the reasons Paper Jewels are expensive to make is because they are incredibly time-consuming. There are approximately 30 steps – and hours of work, in small increments, to complete each piece. So I thought, there ought to be a way to make a more inexpensive Paper Jewels line that incorporates some fun kanji designs – and takes less time – and, well, costs less too!
Well there is, and here’s a sample:
The kanji says Bijin, or Beautiful Woman (or hot babe!)
It makes a great gift for your sweetie. The paper design is behind a sheer glass cabochon – replacing layers of (time consuming) lacquer. The chain is an 18″ faceted ball chain, silver plated over brass – both easy to use and easy to trim to size if you like.
She’ll love it – and it costs way less than “traditional” Paper Jewels. Like, $25 versus $55 or so.
If you and she are on a budget, she’ll love the price thing, too
If you love paper as much as I do – you will appreciate these absolutely exquisite handmade ornaments. Ornaments – or wedding decorations – or, as the artist names them, “star urchins”
Handmade Paper Ornament or Wedding Decoratin from Kissadesign on Etsy
Aren’t those gorgeous? Yes they’d be lovely to decorate your handmade wedding. They’d also be equally wonderful – just because they’re so cool – decorating your desk! And if you like the white – but you’re even fonder of color, well she’s got them, all individually handmade, in lots of pretty colors. And in this fantastic rainbow color combo:
The shop is Kissadesign on Etsy – handmade folk art at its best.
I don’t know how she learned to do these so beautifully and affordably – but she has, and I’m just happy to have found them. Talk about a wonderful, eco-friendly, unique decoration or gift!
You know how I love paper. I’m always looking for interesting new works in paper – artwork, recycled decorating ideas, fashion even – why, I almost forgot one of the original purposes of paper – to write on!
Then I found these gorgeous handmade blank cards and you know, it reminds me how nice it is to get a handwritten note – and to send one.
Handmade Paper Lace Edge Cards from AlmondCrafts on Etsy
The shop is AlmondCrafts on Etsy, and the artist has some beautiful (and may I say, extremely affordable) work.
It makes me want to send, well, a love letter. These cards would be perfect!
P.S. Or hand-written wedding invitations. So much nicer than printed ones!
Do it yourself paper flowers – take a look at how wonderful these are!
These lovely blossoms are made from maps, or old book pages, or (I would think) any colorful paper / pages that need a new life. I found this wonderful idea over at Apartment Therapy which you know is one of my absolute favorite ideas-source. The article there even links to a tutorial!
And even better – if you love these flowers but don’t want to make them yourself – they also give the source of this yummy recycled goodness: and it’s an Etsy shop!
The shop is Greencycle Designs and she has wonderful work over there. Whether or not you decide to tackle making your own flowers (remember to use recycled pages!) you definitely want to go check out her shop, her prices are very reasonable and her work is gorgeous.
This is a win-win all the way around. Paper (which of course I love) and recycled – and Etsy – and do it yourself – wow!
Even though I’m not supposed to say it, I am crazy about these earrings – I love the color, I love the pretty floral accent, and I think the Japanese kanji is beautiful!
The deep pink adds a burst of color to your winter outfit – and it looks great in Spring, too. The kanji says Onna, or Woman.
They’re lightweight of course, and comfy, and the earwires are argentium sterling silver – argentium is a new sterling alloy that adds a bit of germanium to the sterling compound – they’re stronger than “regular” sterling, and practically non tarnish.
And they’re pretty!
Not surprisingly, the japanese symbol for “love” is one of the most popular kanji choices. Whether it’s used for earrings, a pendant or necklace, people seem to, well, love this kanji!
It goes without saying (well, okay, I have to say it) that “love” is a wonderful kanji to use for gifts, too.
You know I’m always talking about decorating with white – and I really do love it. White, and/or neutral, mostly. But that makes color even more important and vibrant when you do add some. Take a neutral room (make a neutral room) and then add a splash of color – and it really sings.
Imagine how gorgeous these would be in a white room!
I found them at a terrific vintage Etsy shop, Design Through Time. There are lots of goodies over there – you’ll want to go peek
She also has another shop on Etsy, ModernSpecific on Etsy, where I found this fabulous
Vintage Rosti of Denmark Melamine Yellow 4 Liter Mixing Bowl.
See what I mean about the color just singing to you?
Even if the items I’m showing here are gone when you go look – she’s got lots of treasures. And (I think) all vintage. So: good design, reasonable prices, and fabulous character pieces. Go look!