Warm Weather Jewelry

Despite being a solid 18 degrees outside in lovely Chicago, 2 days ago was the first official day of spring. So, in order to keep my sanity in a city that more closely resembles a tundra than any beautiful image of greenery and flowers and growth that the word ‘spring’ conjures up in the mind, I have chosen to engage in something called ‘reality control’ (George Orwell’s 1984, anyone?) and try to force myself to see the beautiful reds of the flowers, green of the trees, blues of the lovely ever frigid lake Michigan (which I maintain looks just gray when it’s cold outside, but, okay, reality control). In order to maintain that mindset during this period where the trees look like something out of a bombed out post-Apocalyptic world and the only green I see while running down the lake shore path is provided by Whole Foods bags caught on the spidery branch fingers of the very barren trees, I have decided to surround myself with the warm weather colors by infusing my outfits-and especially my accessories, with them like these coral, turquoise, and green jade necklaces below. If the red, turquoise, and green weren’t bright enough to help me think warm weather thoughts, I complete each of them using sunny bright yellow gold brass chains and findings with a satin gold finish.

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New Bohemian Wrap Bracelets

I don’t know what it is about tropical climates that makes me want to make wrap bracelets, but last week I was in Florida, and since there is nothing to do at night for people under 100 years old, several of my nights were spent making new wrap bracelets. I decided to make a few of them longer than the 3 wraps that I previously had done, and with the others, I decided to play around with the boilerplate version of the wrap bracelet by alternating between different sizes and shapes of the beads from wrap to wrap. I know that wrap bracelets are fairly popular, and I wanted to make the lakeshore lavaliere wrap bracelets completely unique– different than the other ones out there!

50 Shades of Green 5x Wrap Bracelet 

  • This bracelet alternates between a variety of different gemstones (jasper, agate, aventurine, jade, unakite), fading from sequence to sequence with different shades of greens. There is also some brown tiger’s eye gemstone and red jasper threaded in to break up the greens and add a pop of color. This is the longest wrap bracelet I have ever made, and because of its length, it doubles as an long beaded necklace that looks awesome paired with a simpler gold chain necklace. 

50 Shades of Green 5x Ombre Wrap Bracelet

Obsidian & Purple Jade Triple Wrap Bracelet 

  • This bracelet has 3 wraps, the 1st and 3rd of which are divided equally in half between two colors. The first wrap is divided between a sequence of faceted white jasper beads and a sequence of violet jasper beads. The third wrap is 1/2 faceted deep purple jade and 1/2 light purple jade. These two layers add a shock of color, and frame a solid layer of larger deep black obsidian cube beads. I love the purple black and white color combination- this bracelet really stands out!

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Elephant Blue Jade Gemstone Double Wrap Bracelet

  • Here I used a larger size bead (8mm) for both wraps than what I usually use (~6mm), and is a great simple piece for when you don’t want a wider bracelet on your wrist. Woven in amongst the sky blue jade beads, is a pattern of beautiful silver pewter pewter beads culminating in the adorable silver pewter elephant button closure, that both highlights the blue of the gemstones, and adds unique variation to break up the continuous stream of blue. 
  • Style Tip: Wear a double wrap bracelet stacked with other bangles to add that extra pop of color!

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Green Lemon Jade & Jasper Gemstone 4x Wrap Bracelet

  • This quadruple wrap bracelet features 4 layers of green lemon jade gemstone beads between layers of black greek leather cord, the first and 4th of which are 6mm, and the 2nd and 3rd of which are 8mm gemstone beads. The vivid combination of silver and lemon jade green beads starkly contrast with the shock of black provided by the leather cord.When worn, the 1st and 4th layers frame the 2nd and 3rd layers and place the focus on those center two wraps, which are raised due to being slightly larger in size. When looking at the bracelet on your wrist, the combination of 6mm and 8mm beads makes the bracelet seem like an autostereogram (one of those optical illusion pictures that once you stare at for a while, creates the illusion that it is 3D), even though it really is 3D to begin with. The lemon jade beads are accented by patterns of different silver pewter spacer beads, ending with a silver tree of life button closure. It is the 2nd longest wrap bracelet I have ever made!

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Turquoise Tube Bead & Faceted Tiger’s Eye Gemstone 3x Wrap Bracelet

  • This triple wrap bracelet features two layers of faceted tiger’s eye gemstone beads framing an eye catching & contrasting layer framing a bold turquoise tube bead center wrap. I love how the brown faceted tiger’s eye round beads frame & accent the turquoise tube beads, it really causes the turquoise to stand out (which I love because turquoise is my favorite gemstone to work with and my favorite color.)IMG_0145

 

To access the above listings 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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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!