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New Stuff: Metal Me This and Mixed Metals

I’m not going to start yet another post lamenting the lack of consistency in my posting…

It’s Saturday morning and heading to 98 degrees here today…the start of many months of similar weather reports. Fortunately I have good A/C and my mostly organized studio area to hide out in when the temps get uncomfortable. Gotta love a great deal from Harbor Freight!

I’ve been working on copper and brass Joolz for awhile and sales have not taken off at the same level and positive comments about the new styles. So I decided to start a new Etsy store to list copper and brass (and a few sterling silver) components that I’ve made: etched beadcaps, etched sheet, etched blank shapes (for pendants, etc.), wire-wrapped beads and connectors, along with some very cool patina’d copper items that will also make their way into new Joolz.

Introducing: Metal Me This! Several bead and jewelry friends helped me decide on a catchy name and Susan Sheehan came up with this one. I worked up a banner and avatar that plays off the mixed metal colors and I’ve been adding items every week.

And it’s time for a sale, so in honor of Mother’s Day and all the wonderful women we call “Mom”, all the Metal Me This items are 20% off on Etsy. Etsy has these cool coupon codes that you use at checkout where the discount is applied to the whole order. Use code TAKE20 from now through tomorrow and 20% savings is yours. Lots of cool etched and patinad stuff in there! Take a look and tell your friends (OK, I know we have moved into the shameless realm, but this stuff is too pretty to stay in a drawer in my workbench!)

Lots of pretty copper and brass beadcaps in various textures and etched patterns, with more coming. There’s also various sized sheets of etched copper and brass for those of you who have your own ideas of using mixed metals. (Don’t tell anyone, but I am really hoping to spend a lot of time tomorrow etching more cool patterns!)

Here’s some of what I’ve been doing with the disks and metals that I’ve been cutting and modifying:

Patina domed disk necklace Joolz by Lisa and Metal Me This

These are almost-finished chunky necklaces…the center domed pair is 1 1/8″ wide.

And these mixed metal bracelets have been a lot of fun to make (and wear). The trick is making each disk component a different pattern!  I’ve got 3 all copper, 3 all brass, and 3 mixed metal ones in the works (another Mother’s Day project I hope!)

Mixed Metals Bracelet Joolz by Lisa and Metal Me This

Wishing all the mothers, mothers-to-be, and those who fill that special place in your heart like a mother would, a lovely day tomorrow.


Ornament Thursday: Celadon

ornamentbanner150Whoa…where did the time go? I’m chasing myself and nearly missed Ornament Thursday. But never fear, I’ve got a Joolz pendant that seems to fit the theme for this month: Celadon (pale green) just perfectly.

If you want some history on “Celadon” (primarily the ceramic glaze finish and its origins) check this Wikipedia link…fascinating stuff!

“Celadon” just sounds cool and calming to me (can you hear me chanting “celadonceladonceladon” as I furiously type this blog entry). I’d love to have a nice flat bead in this shade…to keep by my desk and use as a ‘worry stone’. But for now, thiswill have to do.

I looked around and found my interpretation of the color in this pendant:


Glass button shaped lampwork beads in the palest of green (in this case also from a vintage glass that has the finest bubbles throughout) that certainly looks like “Celadon” to me! The beads were made by Susan Sheehan and I’ve combinded them with various Hill Tribe silver beads to create this pendant.

Here’s what a few of the OT gang came up with. Check back as we are likely to update links tomorrow too.

Celadon Dreamer
Michelle Zimmeman creates a dreamer box from one of her molds and Helen Bradley grabs another for her jewelry project.

Embellished Ear Wires
Lynn Kvigne of Beading Help Web shows you how to create these embellished ear wires in spring colors (like Celedon!)

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style: Celadon

Strands of Beads
Melissa creates a simple necklace from a slab of chysoprase

Ornament Thursday: Heliotrope by any other name is my favorite color (Purple)

ornamentbanner150It’s Ornament Thursday again!

The theme this month is “Heliotrope”, which I was pretty sure was a shade of purple. In fact, it’s a “light tint of purple”. I immediately thought of these beads, which I made into this fun necklace. Susan Sheehan made these pinwheel glass beads and I’ve loved the color. But then I am a fan of purple in all shades.


It looks more light purple in person so blame my photo skills. The glass “wheel” beads are just a lot of fun. But then when I was looking further, I thought maybe Heliotrope is more like this color:


More of Susan’s beads in a whimsical pair of earrings. You just can’t help but smile at purple. And these beads are probably truer to looking like the flower in the heliotrope plant.

In case you have doubts, here’s a true heliotrope plant. Looking at it, I guess the color is somewhere in between both of my examples. 🙂

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Image from Wikipedia.com

Check the other OT members sites to see how “Heliotrope” makes it’s way into Ornament Thursday.

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
Check out Linda’s necklace and don’t miss the giveaway!

Heliotrope-Ornament Thursday
Did someone say violet?

Heliotrope: Purple by any other name…
Lisa waffles on what shade of purple is really “Heliotrope”

Ornament Thursday is here!
Michelle Zimmerman gets funky with these home made mica shift bead earrings and Helen Bradley secretly raids someone else’s bead box for a fun silver bracelet.

Michelle shares a heliotrope layout of her her and her fish!

Pretty in Pink…

I sure hope I haven’t used that blog title already…great movie title though, don’t you think?

Isn’t this pretty? Not that big—the pink/black focal is a little over 1.25″ and the whole pendant is 3.5″.  Susan Sheehan made the gorgeous pink bead. I might have to make some earrings to go with it!

Last week was Earring Week and this week is turning into Pendant Week. Though I’m not nearly as prolific…something about not needing identical pairs with pendants! I have a large collection of interesting lampwork focal beads and decided to get them made into little works of art. It’s a nice way to use up the orphan pearls and silver beads, as well as to test out a look.

Most of the beadmakers I work with do special orders and will make matching beads if they have the glass available and the process is able to be duplicated. I try to make matching earrings for a bracelet or pendant/necklace if I think it will complement the look. And it is nice to be able to go back to a source and ask for additional beads if a customer is taken with a piece of jewelry and wants something to go with it. Everyone wins in those situations!