Whimsical Bohemian Rose Necklace

It’s been awhile since I made a piece that was reflective of the whimsical bohemian style that I started with when I first began making jewelry- so I thought it was time to get back to my roots. I started making this necklace with no particular design in mind- I just knew that I wanted to make something whimsical, bohemian- maybe even incorporate a woodlands theme. The green and peach beads definitely came together with the rose, the swallow, charm, the antique brass branch/leaf connectors, and the filigree pendant on which I mounted the rose. I kept the necklace short, because I envisioned it work with a v-neck or resting just on the collarbone. My lovely roommate graciously lent me her collarbone to gauge the length, and after seeing it on her, I think that I accomplished my goal of going back to my bohemian roots- and, also, I reallllyyyy loved the way it looked on her:

To access the listing for this whimsical bohemian rose necklace in the lakeshore lavaliere online storejust click the pictures!

OR

go to etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere & shop and browse the other listings

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Hand Stamped Brass Family Name Necklace

I have been thinking about what I wanted to give my mom this Christmas, and I knew I wanted it to be something personal. Since her favorite thing in the world is our family, I thought I would make a necklace for her that incorporated the names of our family. (Even though I am posting it here, I know it will still be a surprise because she would never have any idea how to get to this blog ). This brass necklace is stamped with all of our names, and is like a little family tree; my parents’ initials are stamped in the middle on the brass blank, and my name and my sister’s name are stamped around the outside of the washer:

These make great holiday gifts for a mother or a grandmother!

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

OR

go to etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere & shop and browse the other listings

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

OR Etsy Convo me by clicking ‘Contact’ in the toolbar on the left side of my shop page.

Thanks for reading!

Tree of Life Green Cuff Bracelet

This two toned green tree of life cuff bracelet is a fun addition to my own jewelry collection. These earth tones go with almost everything in my fall wardrobe- and I’m sure with most other peoples’ fall clothing as well. The lighter, more lime green beads will add a pop of color to my darker fall wardrobe without causing this bracelet to clash.

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I just got in these new tree of life buttons, and I love how they look with the greens and browns in this bracelet- I will definitely be ordering more.

Replicas of this bracelet will be available in the lakeshore lavaliere online store at etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere by the end of tonight.
If you have any questions, or would like to make a request for a custom order while browsing the lakeshore lavaliere online shop, feel free to Etsy convo me by clicking ‘contact’ on the left hand side of the page.
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Send an email to: lakeshorelavaliere@gmail.com

Get your custom or personalized gift orders in ASAP to have them by the holidays!

Purple Turquoise Cube Bead Wrap Bracelet

This is going to be a reallllly quick post as I am out of town, but I felt like I was neglecting my site, and I don’t like to do that! This purple turquoise cube bead wrap bracelet was a custom order for a tube bead bracelet similar to the turquoise triple wrap tube bead bracelet- but with purple beads. (I also was given some creative license to experiment, thank God, because the hunt for the materials for this bracelet, and then making it, definitely required some creativity.) Purple tube beads are literally IMPOSSIBLE to find, and after searching every place and website I could think of, I came across these purple turquoise cube beads, and fell in love. The seller had only one 15 inch strand in stock, so there weren’t enough beads to complete the third wrap around. Since the request was for a silver button closure, I thought I would use the silver cube beads that I thankfully had to finish the third wrap around and frame the silver button closure. This bracelet was the result (and I think that despite the adjustments I had to make, it came out pretty well if I do say so myself!):

 

 

I am happy to accommodate any and all custom requests, and don’t mind hunting down different materials if I don’t already have them.

Thanks for reading and have a great Saturday!

 

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!

Turquoise and Jasper Turtle Cuff Bracelet & Soldering

This turquoise and jasper turtle cuff bracelet was a custom order for a friend who liked the look of my other turtle cuff bracelet (the one with jasper and green tube beads), but wanted to switch the green tube beads to turquoise ones. I love these turquoise tube beads so I was excited to incorporate them into this project. While making this particular bracelet, I had an advantage- SOLDERING. Last time I had trouble securing the turtle to the bracelet because it only had a loop behind its head, and to make it stay without flopping around, it really needed to have a ring in its belly as well.  I’ve been wanting to learn how to solder for some time; I wanted to learn how to fuse the backs of bracelets, rings, etc., to make sure that they really last. I bought a soldering iron last week, and after much practice, I finally learned. The turtle is really a pendant made for a necklace, and with this particular bracelet, I was able to solder on a ring to create a button-like appearance on the back of the turtle. Knowing how to solder is a great way to transform a piece of metal jewelry/jewelry supply and make it stronger, or obviously, held together better. After soldering the ring to the turtle’s belly, I had the 2nd loop or anchor I needed to solidly attach the turtle to the bracelet.  I loved making this item, learning new techniques, anddddd I love how these cuff bracelets look when used to accent an outfit!

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

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

OR

go to etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere 

Thanks for reading!

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!

Dyed Turquoise Beaded Necklace

Yesterday I realized I hadn’t added anything to the lakeshore lavaliere fall line recently, so I decided to go hunting for more beads that reflect the colors of fall. I found these amazing dyed turquoise orange stone beads, (which are similar to the ones I used previously in the lakeshore lavaliere Turquoise Drop Triple Chain necklace) and had to have them:

 

Real turquoise is hard to come by right now, and fairly expensive, so when I saw these beads I really just had to have them. I love the earthy feel they have and the way the orange swirls with the other colors. These beads just remind me of the wide variety of oranges, browns, tans, etc. that the leaves change in the fall- and those are my favorite colors! I will definitely create more pieces with the rest of these beads, but there aren’t many of them and I can’t buy more because they are no longer available, so these pieces will really be one=of-a-kind.  I’ll have more necklaces and accessories to post later today, so check back later for more new pieces!

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

Wall Jewelry Display Tutorial

Inspiration: I used to just have a drawer where I threw all my necklaces and other jewelry, but when I went to wear one, I would have to detangle them from an impossible knot that always seemed like it had to have been made intentionally. Jewelry displays can be expensive, and if they aren’t, they just aren’t that cute and just look like they should be mounted in a closet instead of displayed on a wall. So, I decided to make one with supplies I already had that would double as wall art and as a place to hang necklaces (other jewelry could be displayed here too). Although I already had the supplies, the art supplies I used can still be purchased at any crafts store such as Michaels, Joanne Fabrics, etc., and the decorations can be made from anything from old jewelry, to specifically purchased pendants & embellishments from said crafts stores.

 

Jewelry Display Materials:

1. 3 Small Canvases:

2. Orange and Mustard Yellow Paint 

3. Sponge/Foam Paint Brush(es):

4. Gold Gauge Headpins:

5. Embellishments

6. Pliers 

7. Glue (Krazy Glue and/or Hot Glue and/or Fabric/Vinyl/Canvas Glue)

Step 1:

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Paint the Canvas. You can obviously use whatever colors you want, but I chose an ombre style that gradually moved from the mustard yellow at the top to the darker orange at the bottom.

-I purchased the paint at Michaels Crafts in case you were wondering

To Create The Ombre Look: I painted the top with mustard yellow by itself, and then as I moved downward, I gradually started mixing more and more of the orange paint into the mustard yellow paint. As I moved downward, I started using less and less of the mustard yellow, until I finally painted the bottom solely with the orange paint.

LET IT DRY.

Step 2:

To Make the Posts Where The Jewelry Will Hang: Use the pliers to bend one end of the gauge pins so that the bent side will look like a small loop. Bend the loop forward so that the loop looks like a base on which the pin could stand. This will secure the pin so that it doesn’t slip through the canvas when hanging jewelry on it.

Push the Pin’s Unbent side through the Canvas: The bent side should be secure up against the back side of the canvas, and the unbent side should be sticking straight out through the front.

Bend the Top of the Pin’s Remaining Straight Side Into a Loop: This loop should mirror the one that is secured in the back, on the other side of the canvas. (It should make a 90 degree angle with the rest of the pin) It will prevent jewelry from sliding off the pin, and will also create a base on which to secure the embellishments.

*You can put a little glue between the loop in the back of the canvas and the canvas so to secure it even further, and to prevent the pin from wobbling in the canvas if the canvas is thin or flimsy and wouldn’t be able to steady the pin on its own.

LET ADHESIVE DRY. 

Step 3:

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Secure Embellishments to the Pins: I used a special adhesive that I use in the rest of my jewelry to secure the flowered embellishments to the loops I created on the pins-(however, on another canvas I tested the strength of both krazy glue and hot glue in securing the embellishments to the pins, and they are holding strong.)

Secure the Embellishments to the Canvas: I used an adhesive that is meant to hold fabrics, vinyl, canvas, etc. together in order to secure the key & other bronze embellishment to the canvas itself (however, as I mentioned above, I also tested this process using krazy glue and hot glue. Krazy glue works great and is holding strong, but hot glue makes it more difficult because these specific embellishments are a bit heavier than hot glue is meant for, and also the hot glue leaks out the sides too much when pressing on it to make sure it holds)

LET ADHESIVE(S) DRY.

Step 4:

Um, okay so use it now? I just felt like there should be another step… but there doesn’t seem to be one that isn’t obvious.

Enjoy!

New Necklaces & Earrings

This necklace & earrings are a custom ordered set- I just love the way that purple and gold go together:

                    

Necklace Duplicates also available for purchase: etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere OR just click on the pictures  to go directly to the listing in my online store!

Look for more pictures of new flower girl crown headbands for Lolla before the end of today, as well as new necklaces for purchase!