Well..... I can assure you I HAD lots of fun shopping for this baby!
I used an astounding 19 varieties of stones, including the highest grade of yellow citrines in various shapes, along with gradient citrine, champagne citrine, Madeira citrine, hessonite, spessartite, andalusite, lemon quartz, smoky quartz, champagne quartz, rare lemon yellow and rose tourmaline and best of all, the fantastic Oregon Sunstone (provided especially for me by one of my favorite suppliers, Bonita Creations).
A mix and match of shells, critters and gorgeous pink rhodochrosite beads -- I'm in love with their color! This bracelet contains nothing less than the following: rhodochrosite coins and beads, shells, vintage angel skin coral (not dyed), dark pink tourmalines, garnets, silver charms and silver beads.
All of course woven with yards and yards of hair thin sterling silver.
The bracelet measures 1-1/2" at the widest point, and tapers down to the clasp. Fits 7" to 7-1/4" wrists.
These aquamarines are the largest ones of my stash -- if stones have healing powers, these guys probably have doctorates in healing -- they are chunky! I combined them with cool green tourmalines and of course, lots of marine critters and Bali silver.
Woven with hair thin sterling silver wire, the bangle fits 6-3/4 inch wrists, and is 1 inch wide in average.
We had so much fun at our end-of-the-year party/trunk show!
Here is a pic of the display -- I'll be posting some close-ups of the new jewelry on the site very, very soon-- and also some pics of my co-hostess Lizzie and friends who came from all around, even from San Diego! (Thanks Gina). We had a blast...
Remember the woven cuff "Dream Big as the Ocean Blue"? I finally managed to create a tutorial for a similar, optimized version of the cuff. The improvements on this version over the original include the use of memory wire as core and also straighter sides.
The interesting thing about this cuff is that you can make it as intricate (or not) as you like, it all depends on how many hours you have available...
The link to the tutorial is here: Woven Cuff Tutorial.
Some ten days ago I posted the image of the gorgeous rhodochrosite beads I got at BonitaCreations.com . Here is an image of the commission that was created with those beads. The design is similar to the Spring Bangle with coral (which can be seen clicking here).
To see more images of this bangle, click here: Rosa Spring Bangle with Rhodochrosite.
Today I just posted the tutorial for the lovely and airy "Netted Cap". This delicate net is constructed over a flat pear briolette with a coiled bezel, and is wonderful for pendants for necklaces or earrings. To find out more information about the tutorial, click here.
My good friend Lizzie and I are having our annual end-of-the-year trunk show/chatfest at Lizzie's place in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, November 19. Lizzie will be showing some great holiday gift jewelry items. As for me, this is the ONLY time of the year I put together something that remotely resembles a live show -- it's more like a good reason to get together with friends, chat, drink champagne and show some brand new jewelry pieces rather than a huge sale at all.
You are invited! If you are local and would like to come visit with us, then contact me to get the evite with directions. Although it's an open house from 1 to 5pm, we'd like you to confirm your presence.
Just found a review of my site written by Lynn Kvigne for BeadingHelpWeb.com. I had no idea the review had been written, so it comes as a pleasant surprise. Overall, she gave me a great review (thank you Lynn!), the only minor critique is towards my tutorial prices, which she claims are a bit high. Oh well, I'm resigned, you can't satisfy all!!!
To read Lynn's review, click here: Eni's Wire Jewelry Site Worth Your Time
I've had a lot of commissions lately, (thank goodness!). One interesting thing I noticed, though, people are asking for SETS, as opposed to just a single piece. Here is a set of necklace and bracelet I just finished, with Amazonite and Turquoise:
Amazonite and Turquoise "Y" Necklace
This necklace goes with the following bangle:
To make the necklace, I used the Coiled Bangle instructions with a V shaped core as shown in below in the diagram, coiling independently each side. The heart bead in the middle is a ONE-TO-THREE piece, that is, a single hole at the bottom and three holes at the top. These pieces are normally used at the ends of multistrand necklaces or bracelets.
The pear shaped drop was made using a slightly modified Capped Bead weave.
This is a necklace worked with lapis lazuli and silver. This is the second time I make this same kind of pendant, and it's mix of various different techniques:
The final touch is to add a series of beads stitched to the edge of the pendant, and a necklace strung with lapis lazuli, iolite and silver beads.
Anna's Necklace: Lapis lazuli, iolite and silver
While I was away I took a few commissions to develop. One of them was a bangle made with gorgeous bright teal amazonite, a variation of the turquoise bangle. A little bit more organic, more marine. The usual critters just had to make appearances...
Small Tides Bangle - Amazonite, turquoise and silver.
I also found time to release two new tutorials which were just sitting there, waiting patiently for me to find the time to post them: Chaos Necklace and the Woven Bail for Focal Bead. I used Karen Hardy's beautiful lampwork for the woven bail (thanks Karen!). She loves to give me samples of her beautiful work.
When working with thin wire and coiling techniques, it is best to work with lengths of wire no longer than 2.5 feet long (not much longer than your arm's length). At some point during coiling, the wire will end.
I've received a number of emails asking me how to add new wire to a piece, so today I posted a new free tutorial in the Lesson's page, showing exactly how to do it. Click here to go to the Lessons page and then scroll down to the Easy section.
There's an Eni Oken Groupie Challenge going on at the Bead and Button Forum. The challenge objectives are to create a new style or design, based on any one of my tutorials, using the method of "progressions".
You must create 4 of 5 progressive variations, that is, start the first one with more or less the same results as the chosen tutorial. The second one is a variation on the first one. The third one a variation on the second one and so on.
This is an exercise I used to do with my fantasy design students, and usually is a great way to come up with new alternatives that you wouldn't have thought of.
The deadline for submitting all the variations is September 30, 2006.
You MUST submit it at Bead & Button Forum, NOT directly to me. Go to the forum and register for free if you are still not a member of that community. Here is a direct link to the topic where the discussions are being posted: Eni Oken Groupie Challenge.
After September 30, I will be judging each progression and will award one of my pieces to the one that I feel was the most successful.
Important to remember, even if you are a beginner, that the goal is NOT to make it more complex, but yet to DEVELOP A NEW STYLE AND DESIGN. The winner will be the one that can manage to have the best balance between design, balance, technique and creativity -- not complexity.
Here are some of the parameters I will be using to judge each progression:
I always like to encourage beginners to participate. So I will pay particular attention to the PROGRESSION and ability to create a new design, and not to the level of intricacy of the initial tutorial chosen. You can select any tutorial you like.
When it's late at night and I'm too tired to work on commissions, sometimes I surf the net to find out what other people have done. And sometimes I find works they have done with my tutorials in their blogs or web pages. It's really cool to see what they did...
I've received an email asking a question about how to organize wires:
I have those plastic folders with various pockets, the kind used for receipts, and just added tags with the various gauge numbers. Each orll of wire goes into the proper pocket. This way it's easy to carry and they don't get mixed up.
I've got another suggestion from a friend on how to deal with the Stainless Steel core bangle: instead of attempting to make a wrapped loop, simply form a coil of loops (2 or 3) at the end of the wire. Then, by wrapping it with thin sterling silver, it should be strong enough (and nicely made) to support the bangle.