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Meet Eva: Peach and Gunmetal

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I’ve been busy working on my 1920s Collection this past week and have finished five new pieces that I’ll be posting over the next few days! Today I want to introduce you to Eva.  This necklace features a cluster of peachy freshwater pearls (4 mm), dangling from three delicate gunmetal chains.  I absolutely love how the chains sparkle in the light, although that’s something I find difficult to capture in the photographs.

Anyway, in addition to the necklace, I’ve creating a matching set of earrings! These earrings have tiny freshwater pearls (2-3 mm) clustered on handcrafted gunmetal ear hooks.  What do you think?

Introducing the New 1920s Collection

INTRODUCING THE NEW 1920S COLLECTION FROM EVA M DESIGNS

I am so excited to introduce you to the first few pieces of my new 1920s Collection.  As I started to think of this venture as a business, rather than just a hobby, I decided I needed to find a focus or “niche” that I could fill.  My love of history, my fascination with earlier times, and the new popularity of the 1920s inspired me to create a line of jewelry that fuses those vintage looks with the fashion of a modern woman. I will be releasing pieces over the next few weeks, building the line around a core of nine lovely ladies (my necklaces) and expanding the line to include matching earrings and bracelets.
I am so so so happy with this new look, my new photographs, and the direction my shop is moving, and I am so lucky to have met so many supportive fellow Etsians — from Kelly from Blart Blog, Lizzy Love fromOddball Art Co, and Lindsey from Natural Details — as well as my family (especially Mom and Aunt Michele!) for constantly promoting me and my works!  I am a lucky girl, and I know it!
Thanks everyone!! Hope you like the new Eva M Designs!

Mara: 1920s Inspired Opera L…

$68.00

Leigh: Handcrafted Black and…

$42.00

Stella: 1920s Inspired Blue …

$62.00

Sybil: 1920s Vintage Inspire…

$36.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Tutorial: New Year’s Eve Earrings

Unlike me, my sister is the typical 21-year old party girl.  While I will be chilling with my dogs and maybe a friend or two on New Years Eve, she will be hitting the bars, no doubt.  With that in mind, I made Ali a pair of earrings for Christmas that are just perfect for a New Years Eve party.

 

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IMG_0674Supplies for one SET:

– two small black beads

– two small gold beads

– four large black beads (3/8 inch)

– two large gold beads (1/2 inch?)

– four medium gold beads (1/4 inch)

– two medium black beads (1/4 inch)

– chain (mine is a very dark brownish black)

– wire (mine is a very dark brownish black)

 

 

You can see the number of links per bead in the picture here.  The largest gold bead hung at 9 links, while the smallest black used only 3 links.  Depending on the type of chain you use, the number of links will vary.  I found it helpful to leave each chain a little longer for the first earrings and cut it down as I played with how each bead would lie in the clump.  Then, for the second earrings, I cut the chain at the exact number of links.

 

From this point on, it’s pretty simple.  Create the head pin with the wire by wrapping it around the round-nosed pliers. String the bead on the wire, and then create a loop and string the chain on BEFORE closing the loop:

String the chains on your ear wire — I used the order I listed the beads in above. I found it fell nicely that way, but you might want to reorder the beads based on your beads and chain. And there ya go!

Tutorial: Dangling White Pearl Earrings on Bronze Wire

photo-3I hardly ever buy gifts these days.  I try to make my gifts whenever I can, tailoring my craftiness to my giftee’s tastes. (The one exception has always been the guys in my life, but I’ll save that for another post!) When I found out we were doing a Secret Santa gift exchange at work, I figured it would be a great chance to get a little exposure for Eva M Designs at work and give a super nice gift to a coworker!  So instead of getting a $5 gift card to Starbucks (though I really did enjoy that Frappuccino!), our drama teacher got a nice $26 pair of earrings.

IMG_0591In case anyone would like to replicate this exchange, I’m going to share with you the process! It’s somewhat time consuming but fairly simple.  First, you need to start with your set of pliers, bronze chain, bronze wire, and your glass pearls.  You’ll have to tailor everything to the size of beads you use as well as the size of the chain links in order to get the same dangling effect, but the process is still the same.

Using your round nose pliers, curl the end of a peice of wire (you only need 2-3 inches, depending on the size of the bead) into a small circle.  I use this technique in place of a head pin.  I personally don’t like using headpins, because I’ve found the wire is often too difficult to bend and/or is not long enough to easily wrap.  Plus my method is cost effective, and it automatically matches whatever color wire I’m using!  String your center bead (the largest pearl) onto the wire, like so:

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The first time I made these earrings, I wasn’t sure on the exact length of each pearl, so I always overestimate.  I cut a chain of 7 or 8 links, and then I trimmed that down to 6 after I had the bead attached, as you can see in the picture above. So cut your chain to the length of links you would like, and then you can continue with the other end of the bead you have strung onto your homemade wire headpin.  It is important to remember to attach the chain as you are wrapping the other end — I have forgotten before and have had to start over. By attaching the chain, this is what I mean:

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Then, go ahead and wrap the end of the wire around the stem of the loop you just created.  Hope that made sense!

At this point, you are repeating this process for as many pearls as you want in your cluster.  I used one large, two medium, and one smaller for my cluster.  I generally prefer asymmetry, but feel free to add a second smaller bead. After you have strung your pearls on chains, like this:

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IMG_0594It is time for you to make your ear wires.  Now, the first time I made these, I made the mistake I was telling you about — not remembering to string my chains on BEFORE I finished.  So now I have a set of bronze earring hooks with nothing on them:

Don’t do that! First, wrap your wire around your round-nosed pliers.  Before finishing the loop by wrapping the wire around its stem, string on your chains in whatever order you think falls best.  I used: medium bead, large bead, medium bead, and small bead.  THEN, finish the loop by wrapping the end of the wire around the loop’s stem.  So now you have a wire that ends in a loop with your dangling chains.  To shape the ear hook, you are going to bend the wire around a round rod — I use a colored pencil, although you could also use a screwdriver.

Align the pencil to the bottom of the loop, then bend the wire over the pencil.  Clip the wire below the loop, and using your round-nosed pliers, flip out the very tip of the wire. To smooth that jagged end of the wire, use a wire rounder.

And ta-da! You have lovely new earrings:

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About Eva M Designs

About EvaMDesigns

I needed to find a way to fund my crafting addiction…

So I ended up on Etsy a few years ago after I decided I wanted to make jewelry. Making jewelry, however, branched out into ceramics, and then acrylic paints, and then chalkboards and magnets and coasters and pillows… You get the picture.

There is just something about creating things that I can’t help but love. Some of my favorite memories are the days I’ve spent throughout Novembers and Decembers making Christmas presents with loved ones for our families and friends, and the excitement I feel when giving those gifts can’t be compared. If I could afford to live off this work, I would quit my job in an instant!

While I can dream that someday that will be down the road for me, right now I just squeeze my crafting into the few hours after work I have available to me and on the weekends that always end too early. Though I might not have two hundred things listed in this shop, you can at least count on it that all of the items you find have been carefully crafted into these unique creations and that all of the care and joy that went into their making will follow them home to you.

 ❤ Eva M Designs

Tutorial: Woven Wire Bracelet

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  • beads
  • thin wire (28-32 gauge)
  • thicker wire (18-20 gauge)
  • pliers

1. Cut your stringing wire triple the length you would like your bracelet (or lengthen it for a necklace).  I measured mine to about 18 inches – that left me with plenty on each end to wrap/tie it off and also to adjust for breaks in the wire if necessary.

2. Begin stringing your beads on.  Move your center bead to the center of the wire, and then take one end and string it back through the bead.  Now, the bead is held in place.  Work your way out to the end of each strand (or however long you want it), continuing to string the beads on the wire.  You may choose to leave some beads mobile between the beads you have held in place to mix it up.

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3.  Repeat these steps to create at least two more strands.

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IMG_05774. To create the clasp, wrap your 20 gauge wire around the tip of your round-nose pliers.Straighten out one wire and then wrap the second around the first wire. Snip off the end.  With the longer end, shape the wire into two small wings.  These will be the clasp bars that fit into the circle on the other end.

5. To make the hoop for the clasp,wrap your piece of wire around a pencil (or something similar in size).  Again, wrap one wire around the other to close the hoop.

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6.  Twist the ends of the wire together.  Wrap them around the clasp and tie.  Then, twist your three strands together at strategic points to create the jumbled effect.  Be careful you don’t twist too much — sometimes the wire can break if overworked. A simple once-around twist will do the job.  Then, twist the remaining end around the clasp.

Congrats! You’ve just created your own bracelet!

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