Sunday, October 28, 2012

Enamel Flower Earrings Tutorial featuring Sunroom Studios

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My favorite purchase from the Innovative Bead Expo last weekend were these delightful enamel flowers by Sunroom Studios.  They are on a long copper wire, and are assorted shapes, colors and sizes.  I had a hard time determining which ones to purchase, as I wanted to buy them all!  I decided to get some pairs to make into earrings.

Enamel Flowers by Sunroom Studios
The first thing I did was bend the copper wire flat against the flower.

Next, I selected a spacer bead and Swarovski crystal, in this case copper daisy spacers and round 8mm light green opaque Chrysolite Swarovski crystal beads.

After stacking the spacer bead and crystal on the copper wire, I made a looped wrap.  Next I picked out the copper fish hook earwires that have a fleur di lis design.

Here's the finished earrings.  The Chrysolite Swarovski crystals bring out the light green in the flowers, and are a perfect accent to the purple and copper.

In all, I made four pairs of earrings.  There is the blue pair with Montana Swarovski Crystals, the purple pair with Light Amethyst crystals, the purple with Chrysolite crystals, and the black with Jet crystals.  

Leave me a comment and let me know which pair is your favorite.

Enamel flower earrings with Swarovski Crystals by Catju Designs
Head over to Sunrooms Studios to purchase the enamel flowers to create your own earrings, or sign up for the class they teach to make your own!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Swarovski Christmas Tree Earring Kits

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Each year I put together these Christmas tree earring kits made from Swarovski crystal Marguerite Lochrose beads in 6, 8 and 10 mm beads, along with a bicone "star" for the top of the tree, and a square gemstone bead for the "trunk."  I've tucked in two silver plated headpins and two sterling silver fish hook earwires into the kit so you have everything you need.

Here's a photo of the kit pieces:

Swarovski Christmas Tree Earring kit in Peridot
So when you stack the beads on the headpin, and finish off the earrings with the ear wires, here's what you end up with:

Peridot Swarovski Crystal Christmas Tree Earrings
These kits are listed in my VRJewelrySupply Etsy shop at this link, where you can purchase the kits in the following Swarovski crystal colors:  Crystal Transmission, Crystal AB, Crystal Silver Night, Vitrail Medium, Erinite, Crystal Tabac, Peridot and Crystal Metallic Light Gold.

Hurry over to my shop and get these kits while they last! 


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Spotlight Post at Jewelry Making Journal

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If you haven't found this website, it is the go to place for all aspects of jewelry making.  I have several guest postings that you can find by searching on the words "Catju Designs."  And earlier this week I have a spotlight post, which you can view here.

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below, and if you get a chance, also share with your Facebook friends, Twitter Followers, and Pinterest Boards.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Breast Cancer Awareness month started on Monday.  I have been working on this project for a few months, as it takes some time to complete the peyote stitched bracelet.

A huge shout out to my beading buddy Devolyn, who put the bezel on the pink ribbon charm for me.  She is a master in working with those pesky, tiny seed beads that often just give me a headache!  I stitched the charm on the center of the bracelet, and added the filigree box clasp.

Breast Cancer Peyote Bracelet by Catju Designs
This bracelet will be donated to a giveaway sponsored by my aerobics/Zumba instructor, who each year has a Zumba party and takes donations for the Susan Komen Foundation.  The party is scheduled for October26, 2012 at the Eldersburg Merritt Athletic Club.