Hand Stamped Heart Cuff Bracelet

The most popular selling items on the lakeshore lavaliere online site are the monogrammed hand stamped rings,

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and I was recently approached by a friend who suggested I should make a bracelet version of these rings- so I decided to do just that! While I will soon offer a brass disc cuff bracelet, the first bracelet of this kind is a hand stamped heart cuff bracelet- which I of course made in honor of the fast approaching Valentine’s Day holiday:

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To access the listing (for the rings or the bracelet) in the lakeshore lavaliere online shop….. Just Click the Pictures!

OR

Go to etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere to browse the different shop sections/ inquire about a custom order:

  • If you have any questions, or would like to make a request for a custom order while browsing the lakeshore lavaliere  online shop,  Etsy convo me by clicking ‘contact’on the left hand side of the page
  • For other Inquiries/Requests/Custom Orders, Feel Free to Contact lakeshorelavaliere@gmail.com

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Bohemian Turquoise & Coral 4 Layer Bib Necklace

Recently I realized that I’ve been wearing a lot of black-I tend to gravitate toward a nearly all black wardrobe in the Chicago winter months, and I know I’m not alone. I have been thinking about what type of necklaces are the best accessories to spice up an all black outfit, and I landed on the style of necklace called a bib necklace. Oversized with eye catching details, they can spice up a boring outfit and add that pop of color that it needs. I decided to make this one using raw brass and 4 graduated layers of turquoise chip nuggets and free-form coral with brass accents:

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I just love how the turquoise and coral look together; this necklace has exactly the amount of color to accessorize a colorless outfit and make sure it looks anything but boring!

  

To access the listing in the lakeshore lavaliere online shop….. Just Click the Pictures!

OR

Go to etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere to browse the different shop sections/ inquire about a custom order:

  • If you have any questions, or would like to make a request for a custom order while browsing the lakeshore lavaliere  online shop,  Etsy convo me by clicking ‘contact’on the left hand side of the page
  • For other Inquiries/Requests/Custom Orders, Feel Free to Contact lakeshorelavaliere@gmail.com

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Turquoise & Silver: Black Leather Wrap Bracelet & Sterling Silver Monogrammed Necklace

This week I am on vacation in sunny Florida- which, I have to say, is such an amazing change from the dreary subzero Chicago weather that I left behind. I wanted to spice up my warm weather wardrobe with some brightly colored accessories, so I set out to make myself a bracelet and a necklace. If you’ve read my blog before you probably know that I have an obsession with turquoise, so that was the gemstone & color I decided to go with. I realized that my turquoise pieces usually incorporate brown and gold, so I decided to go with a silver elephant button and black leather cord for the wrap bracelet, and a sterling silver chain and monogrammed disc for the necklace:

Turquoise Wrap Bracelet & Sterling Silver Monogrammed Necklace w/ Turquoise Accent love them as a set!

Sterling Silver & Turquoise Monogrammed Necklace

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To access the listing in the lakeshore lavaliere online shop….. Just Click the Pictures!

OR

Go to etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere to browse the different shop sections/ inquire about a custom order:

  • If you have any questions, or would like to make a request for a custom order while browsing the lakeshore lavaliere  online shop,  Etsy convo me by clicking ‘contact’on the left hand side of the page
  • For other Inquiries/Requests/Custom Orders, Feel Free to Contact lakeshorelavaliere@gmail.com

Follow lakeshore lavaliere here or on Twitter & Pinterest for more information about upcoming events, tutorials, & new pieces!

Sterling Silver Hand Stamped Necklaces

The sterling silver supplies are finally here, and I just wanted to post a few pictures of the new lakeshore lavaliere sterling silver necklaces along with new monogrammed brass necklaces complete with more available fonts that I just purchased- Monogram & Typewriter!
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Click the Pictures to access this listing in the lakeshore lavaliere online shop! (At checkout you can specify the initials you would like on yours!)

OR

Go to etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere to browse the different shop sections/ inquire about a custom order:

  • If you have any questions, or would like to make a request for a custom order while browsing the lakeshore lavaliere  online shop,  Etsy convo me by clicking ‘contact’on the left hand side of the page
  • For other Inquiries/Requests/Custom Orders, Feel Free to Contact lakeshorelavaliere@gmail.com

Follow lakeshore lavaliere here or on Twitter & Pinterest for more information about upcoming events, tutorials, & new pieces!

Hand Stamped Brass Washer Name Necklace

This raw brass hand stamped necklace was made by hand stamping the letters into a brass washer. I punched a hole through the washer and through the domed, dapped (dapping is when you use a hammer, here I used the reverse side of a ball peen hammer, to texture a piece of metal) brass blank that I place behind the washer. Adding the blank behind the washer created the contrast that I was looking for to offset the brushed matte finish of the washer. I used an oxidation process to darken the letters so that they really stand out against the gold tone of the brass. I wanted a necklace that was only gold toned so that it would go with any color combination I decide to wear. I didn’t want the necklace to be too plain, so I thought I would play around with the washers and blanks I just got in, the dapping hammer, and my alphabet metal hand stamps, and this necklace was the result:

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These necklaces make a great gift for the upcoming holidays. Hand stamped jewelry leaves a deep impression and is made to last, unlike the shallow impressions of engravings. Hand stamped jewelry also has character, as no two pieces can ever be exactly the same— and I’m obsessed with making it!

To access the listing in the lakeshore lavaliere online shop, just click the pictures!

OR

Go to etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere and click on the metal stamped jewelry section, or browse around!

For Inquiries/Requests/Custom Orders, Contact: lakeshorelavaliere@gmail.com OR go to my shop page, and click the contact button on the left side of the page to etsy convo me.

Thanks for reading!

More hand stamped pieces will be available this week- tie clips included!

Homemade Gift Box Tutorial

I know I haven’t posted new pieces in a few days, but, aside from being extremely sick and recovering at my parents’ house, I have been filling orders! One thing I really like to do when I send out an order, is send it in a nice little jewelry gift box. However, these little boxes can get really pricy, and that’s just another area where expenses can really add up.  So, I decided to start making my own and repurpose old gift boxes that I’ve received and accumulated over the years. (My parents’ house is a gold mine for these little guys.)  It’s a super easy project; making these boxes is quick, fast, and they are much cuter than the standard white/grey/brown gift boxes that still can run up to $3.00 a pop. Also, if you want to keep your creations, you can match these boxes to a room in your house, and use them as cute little storage containersYou can find any of the materials in your own home– and there is a lot of leeway with what you can use to make these boxes. I also think it adds a nice personal touch for customers,or for whomever is going to be the recipient of the gift, but maybe that’s just me!

What You Need:

1. Old Gift Box: (or even just a small box that held really anything you bought at the store, depending on how you want the box to open/look when you are finished.)

***For bigger boxes for displayed storage, you could definitely use a shoe box or an old packing box.

2. Glue: Elmer’s Rubber Cement is GREAT, but you can use Mod Podge (a favorite of mine), or even any old glue stick (as long as you make sure the paper is secured to the box well enough so that it won’t peel off).

3. Paper: I used scrapbook paper that I found at the bottom of my closet at my parents’ house, but you can get creative and use anything (newspaper, old destroyed book pages, magazine pages- get creative!)

4. Scissors

5. Pencil

Okay, the instructions are SUPER easy, but I’ll be as detailed as possible, just in case you reallllly like details!

Instructions:

1. Remove the lid of the gift box, and place the box on its side on the side of the paper that won’t be showing. Line up the top edge of the box with the edge of the paper, and trace along the top edge of bottom of the box where it meets the bottom edge of the first side of the box. Trace the two remaining edges of Side #1.

2. Flip the box right side up, and trace along the bottom’s 3 remaining edges.

3. Now, with the box resting right side up, flip it forward, so that it is again on its side (Side #2) and trace that side.

**Recap so far: So up until this point from the left: you traced the left side, rolled the box to the right and traced the bottom, and then rolled the box forward and traced Side #2.

4. Flip the box back so that its bottom rests on the paper inside the lines that you traced. Repeat step 3, BUT this time, roll the box back toward you to trace Side #3 (opposite from side #2)

5. Flip the box back to the center, so that it is in the position from step 2. Roll it to the right so that it is on its 4th and final side, and trace around that.

Here is a pictures of how it should look when you are done tracing:

6. If the box has a removable lid, repeat steps 1-4 above for the lid.

7. Cut along the outer lines that you traced.

8. Bend each of the 4 side pieces, (they stick out from the center piece) toward you along the lines that make up the outer lines that you traced around the bottom. The paper, in 3-D now that it is folded, should fit around the bottom of the box and its 4 sides perfectly.

9. Cover the bottom of the box, and the 4 sides- or cover the side of the paper where you have traced around the box in glue(they will have the same result) and place the box inside the little shell you have made, and press the paper against all the sides of the box, making sure it sticks around all of the edges.

10. If the box has a lid, Repeat steps 7-9 for the lid.

Let it dry.

Anndddd you’re done. You now have a cute little box that you can use as storage, or to hold a gift.

         

Looking at the steps, this project may seem time consuming, but I just got a little wordy… definitely more than necessary. It took me all of 3 minutes from start to finish to create the box shown above. I made it while watching tv- my pencil broke and I had to locate a pen, and I dropped the glue under the bed (I’m sick so I’m operating out of my bed. So, I’m being lazy, sue me.) Anyways, in short, this is an incredibly fast, cute, and most importantly, money saving project. It may even be time saving if, like me, you spent several hours trolling the internet looking for a deal on gift boxes to order in bulk, or have to run to the store to buy a gift box every time you give a present.

Hope you like this tutorial!

Hand-Stamped Personalized Ring

Monogrammed jewelry is a great way to give a personal gift for any occasion- or for no occasion at all like this lakeshore lavaliere gold tone hand-stamped brass ring:

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This hand stamped gold tone brass ring was a gift for my roommate, who is also the lovely hand model you see in the pictures below. After stamping the blank with her initials, I used the oxidation process that I mentioned in my last post to really make sure the letters were a nice and dark contrast to the rest of the blank. Then, I punched two holes to slip the wire through in order to anchor the blank to the wire ring base & added a metal & jewelry adhesive as well to create a firmer hold. I made the ring’s base from gold tone non-tarnish copper 18-gauge wire, which is definitely the wire I prefer to work with because it doesn’t nick every time you touch it with a tool like most other jewelry/craft wires.

I’ve always loved all things monogrammed, and this ring was a fun way to be able to give a gift to the girl who is bravely entering her third year of sharing a residence with me. Next up: a ring for my other roommate.

These rings are available in any size, in silver, and can be personalized with anyone’s initials (or a word or name as long as it is short enough to fit on the blank!)

To access the listing in the lakeshore lavaliere online store, just click the pictures!

OR

go to etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere to browse the different shop sections

For Inquiries/Requests/Custom Orders, you can contact me by email at lakeshorelavaliere@gmail.com

OR

etsy convo me to get a custom order going right away. (go to my etsy.com shop, and click the ‘contact seller’ button on the menu on the left-hand side of the screen)

Thanks for reading!

Custom Ordered Bridesmaid Bracelets

I’m so excited to say that I just got another custom order for bridesmaid bracelets! The white pearls, white leather, and white silk thread all come together to make a bracelet that would contrast beautifully with any color bridesmaid dress (and that could be worn even after the wedding is over!).  I can’t wait to see the wedding photos!

To access the listing in the lakeshore lavaliere online store, just click the photos!

OR

Go to etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere

For Inquiries/Requests/Custom Orders don’t hesitate to contact lakeshorelavaliere@gmail.com

Bridesmaid Gift Bracelets

Picture of Bridesmaid Jewelry Gift Bracelets Courtesy of Tejani Jewelry at tejanijewelry.com

It is a wedding tradition for the bride to give the bridesmaids a gift to say thanks for everything they do to help prepare for the wedding. I’ve seen people give little keepsakes, heard of people giving magazine subscriptions, a t-shirt, or various other personalized gifts. My favorite gift idea that I’ve ever seen is a piece of jewelry for all of the bridesmaids to wear on the day of the wedding. I mean a bridesmaid t-shirt is cute, but a piece of jewelry that can be worn again and again (I think) is a much better way to say thank-you! So, that’s why I was excited to get a custom order to try my hand at making lakeshore lavaliere bridesmaid bracelets for the girls to wear on the day of the wedding:

The white leather makes for an elegant twist on the wrap bracelet and perfectly complements the glass pearls. (Freshwater pearls also available). I was thinking of ordering a different charm as the clasp/closure for the bracelet, like a wedding bells charm, or a champagne glass charm, or even something like a bow or a dove. Thoughts??

To access the listing in the online store just click the pictures- or go to etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere

For Inquiries/Requests/Custom Orders, Contact: lakeshorelavaliere@gmail.com