Thursday, July 20, 2017

Can't decide? I've got you covered!

Do you sometimes feel like you have multiple personalities when it comes to accessorizing?

I do..... some days I feel bohemian and I'd love to wear long colorful dangly funky earrings and colorful flowy clothes, and other days I'm more 'subtle' minded and want something that can showcase my love of happy colors in a much more compact design.

If you feel this way too, then I've got you covered with this 'dual' offering today!

Still different, but with similar elements that can give you this particular vibe, no matter if you go long or go short :) Have you tried making a matching long and short pair of earrings too?

I've made these 3" long earrings starting with a pair of my handmade polymer clay headpins, and some fun sparkling Czech glass beads in various fresh summery colors:

And I loved the drop section on these long earrings so much, I decided to make an almost matching mini pair for those days where we want to carry that same boho feel, but in a much more subtle way:

Sparkling colorful Czech Glass beads, Copper and Gold-tone accents and findings, finished with Niobium Ear wires.

So, are you in the mood for "long" boho, or "mini" boho today? What's your general preference when it comes to earrings?

You can find my handmade jewelry making components and some of my finished jewelry listed in my Etsy shop HERE.

Enjoy the weekend!
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Scraps. . . continued

I didn't think Nathalie would mind if I picked up on her "scraps" idea. Her recent post really gave me pause. It was a good challenge for me, to pay attention to what I'm throwing away or simply tossing aside, without giving thought to what it might become rather than trash. I recycle many things in different areas of life, but I am quick to pitch loose odds and ends without thinking about it. The opportunity came up very soon.

The first pair is made from a small piece of tin I still have left from a vintage container. So in a way they're scraps. . . . but they're not really the pair that in my mind were made from scraps. :) The scraps are the second pair.

Earrings Available Here! 😊

These were made from what was left after cutting out the teardrop shapes in the first pair of earrings. It took some Dremel work to get the shapes nicely edged, inside and out. They were not joined at the top; that was where I made the first cut to begin the teardrop shape. I used a brass metal coating on the backs. They are too narrow for me to try to apply the backing I regularly use. 

I punched holes at the top of both ends. I used an aqua/green dye-oxide on vintage steel wavy disks. ***For whatever reason, those appear much deeper and brighter a color than they actually are. Strange. . . . as everything else is quite accurate. I tried lightening the photos at one point trying to soften the color. But the disks are simply not that bright.*** 

Using waxed Irish linen, I strung a single coral Czech glass bead and put both ends of the linen through the center hole in the disk, then one end through each hole in the tin, then knotting it. Pulling the strands tight caused the tin to bow ever so slightly and it looks great that way. Gives it a little bit of depth.

 I considered leaving the entire empty space empty after having tried at least two dozen different things to hang. Nothing worked. It was an odd feeling. I had all this empty space and couldn't fill it. It was baffling, actually. Frustrating too. I am not opposed to leaving empty space. Often it is what I would rather do, but in this situation I felt they really needed something.

I hung them up after finishing and left them as is. Later in the day I was looking for something for another project and stumbled on these Vintage very thin brass-plated findings. They worked, so I left them on. They are attached with waxed linen also, wrapped around the backs of the disk.

So my thanks to Nathalie for her post the other day, for making me stop to think about what I was throwing away, and giving me a new way to look at bits and pieces.

 Thank you for stopping in! I'll be back the 1st of August. Hope you are all enjoying the summer.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Memory Lane

Hi, today I thought I'd take a walk down memory lane. Here are three pairs of earrings I made before, that I hope still can inspire you.

Faceted pyrite drops
Yellow vinyl spacer discs
Hammered look rhombic lucite beads
Swarovski bicone crystals
Oxidized copper wire
Handmade copper earring hooks

Stone pebbles, hand picked by a friend of mine near 
where I grew up, then she tumbled and drilled them
Swarovski bicone crystals
Oxidized copper wire, two different gauges
Handmade heavily oxidized silver earring hooks

Metallic pewter love knot beads
Oval metallic rings
Matte turquoise nuggets
Oxidized copper wire
Handmade brass earrings hooks

All my best,
Malin de Koning

Friday, July 14, 2017

Rescued by leftovers.....

What do you do when you're faced with no inspiration at all...nothing...zilch?

(you can blame it on the lil lady up there btw, but I'll let her off 😉😍)

You turn to leftover components from a past FB show

and here's what they became:

Porcelain cap by Melissa Gabelle

Ceramic cones by Natalie McKenna

Hope you like them. Top pair has sold and the other 2 pairs are listed in my shop.  Hope you all have a lovely weekend.  See you soon.

Suhana <3

My Etsy shop: Buttoned Up Beads

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A brief trip down memory lane...

I thought maybe that title was better than "I'm Soooo Sick."  :) 💗

Over the past ten days or so, almost everyone in our household has been sick, and it was my turn to come down with this flu (or whatever it is) when Roger and I returned from a fun weekend on California's Central Coast on Sunday. I was under the weather on Monday and in bed all day yesterday with a fever, and today (Wednesday) I tried to finish a pair of earrings I'd been working on before we left on our trip and realized that I just didn't have the energy to focus on them.

So if you can bear with me, I will save them for another time and instead share a few of my old favorites from years back.

These two pairs, from 2012, are some I made with leather using beautiful components by Karen Totten and Kristi Bowman-Gruel.  I made quite a few in this style; I loved making them, and people seemed to like them. It's hard to beat that!


The earrings below are from late 2013 or early 2014.  I don't think they ever made it into my shop, as I traded them to another jewelry designer (they definitely have a good home).   They're made with wonderfully rustic spiral beads by Barbara Hanselman of BHClaysmith and gorgeous asymmetrical drops by Rey of Grey Bird Studio.

These last two pairs are from early 2014:

The earrings on the left were made with Karen Totten's beautiful ceramic crescent moons, suspended by copper wires decorated by wrapped Czech glass and metal beads and by greenish-blue quartz rondelles swinging from a fancy copper chain.  The earrings on the right were made with gorgeously textured ceramic spikes by Robyn Cove of Ragged Robyn, topped off with little lampwork rondelles and glowing lampwork glass beads by Basha.  Yum!

It was fun looking back on the things I've created in the past and noting how my tastes have changed and my techniques have grown...and loving all of it just the same.

So...this is what I offer you today.  I promise I will be back with new (and hopefully beauteous) earrings in two weeks.

I hope you're all well and not catching any nasty flus!  Drink Emergen-C!  Take care.

Love to you all,


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

From a Sarcophagus.

A creative slump. We all have them. Doesn't often happen to me but this week I've struggled to even summon up a pair of earrings.

I've been super busy over the last month with village events, real life and on-line shows, and grandchildren stuff and reckon I'm just tired and in need of a holiday - cue Halkidiki in a couple of weeks time to recharge my rapidly aging batteries!

So for this weeks earrings I decided to take Janine's advice and revisit an old design. Looking through albums from a couple of years ago, I found a pair I really liked and decided to make a new, differently coloured version - the originals had green kyanite with the red enamelled tins.

The enamelled tin sticks are, of course, by Kimberly Rogers . Those gorgeous lapis lazuli discs come by recommendation of Norbel, from funkyprettybeads. Very rich, with the deep red. Favourite colours of the Egyptians; Tutankhamen's sarcophagus abounds with lapis, although with gold rather than copper.
The etched copper rings are sadly no longer available - they were from Tracy Smith, of Cinnamon Beads, who is now concentrating on her jewellery (more's the pity - her copper findings were second to none). Those Tangled earwires are by none other than Lucy Haslam, who is re-opening her findings shop with some new, exciting things for us in mid-August after her move to wild Wales. Hurray, I hear you all shout. Not before time, ya slacker (don't tell her I said that!)

And they've set me off on a real red and blue expect to see more of these colours together. I'm busy studying my guide book from the Museum of Egypt in Cairo - I feel a collection coming on!
See you in  a couple of weeks.
(Precious Violet)

Monday, July 10, 2017


Greetings from sunny Greece.

This week we will have our second heatwave of this year, with temperatures expected to exceed 40 degrees Celsius. We have no air-conditioning in our mobile home, so it will be a bit warm. At the end of the day we will possibly head to one of our favorite beach-clubs to swim and enjoy the beach.

As I couldn't get enough of stacked earrings I made another pair with beads from one of the beautiful muse packs from Smittenbeads.

Thanks for visiting. Wishing you all a wonderful day, full of joy, happiness, laughter and sunshine. See you in a couple of weeks.
Esfera Jewelry