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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?

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Meet Kait

Yesterday I released another necklace in my new 1920s Collection available at my Etsy shop, Eva M Designs.  Kait, as you can see below, is simple, soft and lovely.  I named her for a friend from high school who embodied this classic look – a long chain of pearls on antique bronze wire, complemented by (soon to be released!) pearl stud earrings.  I added a few bright Swarovski crystals to add contrast and an antique bronze leaf to tie in a second strand of smaller pearls.

Kait measures 32 inches (81 cm) of beads with another 28 inches (71 cm, 14 inches/side) of ribbon, allowing you to adjust the length as you desire.  Kait would look gorgeous against a dark red satin or navy blue fabric, although she looks just as cute when worn with any garment of contrasting color.

1920s inspired vintage pearl necklace

1920s inspired vintage pearl necklace1920s inspired vintage pearl necklace

Yesterday I also finished Lucy, another opera length necklace.  Lucy features peach pink freshwater pearls on delicate, dark curb chains.  The contrast is striking.  Though I haven’t released her for sale yet, I’ve decided to share a sneak peek with you!

1920s vintage inspired freshwater pearl necklace

Lucy

1920s flapper photograph

Lucy was inspired by this 1920s photograph.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more additions to my new 1920s line!

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

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President’s Day Giveaway: Beach Glass Jewelry

Happy President’s Day!

I am so happy with my new domain and blog template (designed by Raspberry Road Designs) that I wanted to celebrate by hosting a Rafflecopter giveaway! You can earn entries by tweeting about the giveaway, following me on Twitter, “liking” my Facebook page, and leaving some comments on the blog.  Join the blog via Google and/or subscribe by email to earn another entry. This giveaway will run until Sunday, February 24 at 12:00AM.

aqua blue beach glass pendant
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Uniquely Eva M Designs – NEW Cobalt Blue Sea Glass Necklace

So for awhile I’ve been trying to figure out what my particular “niche” is — I definitely have trouble committing to one creative task alone (jewelry, magnets, cards, sewing projects, etc.) and my shop is certainly a reflection of that.  While the majority of my work is jewelry (both beach glass and beaded), I also have bookmarks, magnets, acrylic paintings, coasters, etc.  And I intend to continue that trend – I’m excited to be moving back north so I can pick up my sewing machine and get busy on some fun fabric projects!

That said, I have also wanted to find that one thing that makes Eva M Designs special.  I’ve been thinking about this for awhile, and earlier this fall I had narrowed that “thing” down to beach glass jewelry.  Granted, it’s still a broad base there — lots of people make beach glass jewelry.  What makes me and my work special?  Well, I think I figured it out.

When I started making jewelry, my focus was on the “young professional” trends I was attracted to as a new teacher — styles from The Limited, Loft, etc.  I still like those styles, and as you can see in my shop, I am definitely still creating those looks.  However, I realized recently that there is little in the world of beach glass jewelry besides pendant-type necklaces, bracelets in linked glass pieces, and dangly or stud earrings.  I want to meld that beach glass world with the “young professional” look I admire.  I want to create necklaces that stylishly scatter beach glass throughout chains, that recreate the big bulky modern — almost costume jewelry — look, using the beautiful pieces of glass I have found on the beach.

Well, this weekend I started this venture! I would like to share with you my FIRST product in what I consider a NEW line of jewelry!

Sterling Silver Cobalt Blue Beach Glass Necklace

Keep checking back at Eva M Designs for new pieces!

New Photos!

I have been messing around with photographing (wow, that looks like a weird word) my jewelry pieces.  Today I got the idea to get some tiles from Lowes to use as the new surfaces.  I really like how they turned out!! I found that the dark, near black tile I had was too dark — it ruined the color of the sea glass.  The lightest tile I had was also less than satisfactory — the beach glass kind of faded into it.  The middle one was “just right.” (There’s a little Goldilocks wisdom for you.)

 

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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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New Listings – December 18, 2012

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Cornflower Blue Sterling Earrings Beach Glass BraceletLight Teal Sterling PendantWire Wrapped Aqua Pendant

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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Check out my other pieces at Eva M. Designs at Etsy.

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