Sunday, July 22, 2012

Win Catju Designs Handmade Necklace and Earring Combo at Splash of Sunshine Blog Party

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Catju Designs
Dyed Turquoise Necklace Combo
Are you ready to win the lovely handmade necklace combo pictured above?  If so, head over to Virtuous Girlhood's Splash of Sunshine Blog Party.  Look for the July 21, 2012 entry to see all the details.



This handmade necklace and matching earring set is a Catju Designs exclusive for Summer 2012.  It is comprised of navy dyed turquoise beads, Montana Swarovski crystals, silver plated spacer beads, a large pewter flower and pewter toggle clasp.  It measures 16 inches long, and the matching earrings have German silver swirl earwires and measure 1-1/2 inches long.  This set has lots of fashion possibilities -- it will look great with your blue jeans or with that cute little dress that you wear to all the summer parties.  For more handmade jewelry, visit my Catju Designs Etsy shop.  


There are lots of prizes to win, and contest runs until August 10, 2012.  Hope you are a winner!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Latest Gemstone Bead Style - Matte Finish Seaweed Jasper

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One of my latest finds is a matte finish on gemstone bead strands.  Instead of the bead having a glossy finish, they have a soft, non-reflective finish.  This necklace is made of matte Seaweed Jasper that are a lovely swirled dark and light green, and are complimented perfectly with the dark green Turmaline Swarovski crystal bicone beads.
Matte Seaweed Jasper Necklace Combo by Catju Designs
At the last bead show I attended, there seemed to be a big variety of matte finished beads, so their popularity must be growing.  I'm looking forward to seeing what I can find at the Philly Bead Show next month.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Repurposed Clip-On Earrings, Before and After Art Deco Style

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I bought these clip-on earrings at The Good Stuff Consignment Shop in Sykesville MD with the idea to repurpose them.  I liked the art deco style, and the interesting pink glass dangles.
As you can see, the top clip on part of the earrings are an antique silver metal with a plastic square inset that is a light yellow color.  There is also a black plastic square that is riveted in the center.


So what I did was take apart the earrings, setting aside the pink dangle for another project.  I cut off the clip part of the finding, and filed down the sharp edges.  


As you can see from the photo below, I very simply added a couple of links and antique silver lever back ear wires to the hole that was already on the top piece. 


Repurposed clip-on earrings by Catju Designs
This was a fairly easy project and should give you an idea on how quickly you can repurpose clip-on earrings.  I will post a future blog entry when I figure out what to do with the pink glass dangles.


If you are interested in purchasing these earrings, visit my Catju Designs Etsy shop at this link.
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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Magazine Destash Bead and Button, Bead Trends, Bead Style, Etc.

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This weekend I've been going through my jewelry making magazines and listing them for sale on Etsy. At $1.25 an issue, they are a great buy.  They are in good condition, and have been a great source of inspiration, projects and for design ideas.  Check out what is available at my Catju Designs Violetray Etsy Shop, which was set up especially for destashing.  Did you see Pookie the beading kitten?

Bead and Button Magazines
Since I've been making jewelry for a very long time, I've got so many magazines that they are taking over my studio.  That means it is time to destash!

Bead Style Magazines
You'll also find some Belle Armoire and Expression magazines, which really showcase artisan jewelry and how to incorporate art jewelry into fashion.

Belle Armoire Art to Wear Magazines
 Go find some inspiration today!

Expression Magazine, Sharing the spirit of creative arts
There are also Bead Trends magazines for $5 and issue, instead of the retail price of $17.95.  I've even listed the July 2012 issue that I just got in the mail last week.  If you are interested in this magazine, click here.

Bead Trends Magazine






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