Thursday, February 21, 2019

Lend Me Your Ear: New Artisan Beaded Earrings

Hand-painted porcelain & crystals


February has been a month for change, to switch gears, mix things up a bit, and add some variety to my work. I have amassed such a huge collection of beads of all sorts—mostly semiprecious gemstones of all different colors, shapes, and sizes, that my bead boxes were beginning to overflow, so knew it was time to turn out some earrings. 

These are on a mix of different types of earwires. I handcrafted the sterling silver wires (they are the upside-down U or C shape), hand-shaped them and gently hammered them to harden the silver. They really have that artisan, handcrafted look that I just love. 

For some others I used premade stainless steel earwires that are hypoallergenic and are in the more standard earwire shape. 

All of these are listed for sale in my Etsy shop under the "Earrings" category, which you can find here

Some of the beads I used are hand-painted porcelain or ceramic, crystal, jasper, moonstone, blue Peruvian opal, garnet, chalcedony, mother of pearl, malachite, prehnite...and more. 

Take a peek!

Blush Chalcedony & sterling silver


Mother of pearl, labradorate & shell soldered earrings


Rose quartz and sterling silver earrings


Red jasper and sterling silver earrings


Leopard jasper and sterling silver earrings


Honey jade and sterling silver earrings


Hand-painted porcelain & crystals


Hand-painted porcelain & crystals


Malachite and sterling silver earrings


Blue Peruvian opal, rainbow moonstone and crystal & bird earrings


Ocean jasper, garnet & sterling silver earrings


Prehnite, Tourmalated Quarts, Hill tribe sterling silver earrings


Red Tiger Eye and rose charm earrings with sterling silver earwires


Red jasper clip-on style earrings


Smoky quartz, mother of pearl shell and sterling silver earrings


Italian glass & turquoise earrings with sterling silver earwires


Carnelian & sterling silver earrings 


Turquoise & Hill Tribe silver earrings with sterling ear wires


Amazonite, aventurine, ceramic and silver soldered earrings


Turquoise, tigereye, crystal artisan soldered earrings



Artisan gemstone and soldered earrings
What do you think? 


I hope you have a great week! 

Laura


My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns



Article & images copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2019 and may not be republished in print or other media without express written permission from the author

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Lovebirds Broken China Jewelry Necklace with Gemstone Chain

 Broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love

Necessity is the mother of invention, and let me tell you, I have had growing stacks of teacups for years that were in great need of reinvention. To me, that was necessity. 

Chipped, cracked, orphaned, broken, often received in box-lots of old china accrued over the years—and like all of my other china pieces, kept and stacked and moved with me and moved again—they waited.   
 Broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love

A teacup is a difficult piece of china to work with when making jewelry—if you make your jewelry by hand as I do, cutting it with traditional hand tools along with a few more modern cutting tools—still all done by hand and without automation, it's up to me to get the job done, and just precisely right. 

 Broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love

For years I've made bracelets with broken teacups. I loved how the natural curve of a piece of china cut from a teacup fit nicely on the curve of a wrist—but being worn on a wrist can sometimes cause rough wear for a more delicate piece of china, since bracelets are exposed to much more movement than a necklace. After all, they were initially created for gentle tea drinking and not as a fashion accessory! So I always take into consideration the thickness and durability of the china piece before fashioning it into a bracelet. 

[Learn how to make your own broken teacup bracelet in my book, Boho Chic Jewelry, in project, You Crack Me Up Teacup Bracelet, page 46

 Broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love

A beautiful broken teacup transforms wonderfully into a statement necklace. These larger shards of china often display larger images of the china pattern, sometimes with more detail and always with a delicate slight curve. 

 Broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love

Because these are special, unique pieces, they deserve extra special treatment! I put a lot of time and love into transforming them into necklaces, scouring through box after box of gemstone beads to find the perfect compliment to the china pattern's colors. I thoughtfully choose each bead and carefully wrap each by hand in silver wire, linking them together one at a time, and then finishing the beaded chain off with a length of pretty sterling silver chain.   

 Broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love

 Broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love

I love the way this necklace turned out! The lovebirds pattern shows two sweet yellow and green birds (parakeets? Budgies?) sitting inside of an open blue heart with tiny white daises, with a pink ribbon bow and smaller pink flowers in the center of the heart. 

 Broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love

With a total  length of 30 inches (76.2 cm), this is a longer styled piece, and the hand-beaded chain includes pearls, Moonstone, Amazonite, Rose Quartz, Phrenite, Pink Rhodonite, Angelite, and Blue Aventurine.

 Broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love

 Broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love


What do you think? 





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Have a great week!
 Laura

Article and images copyright ©Laura Beth Love for Dishfunctional Designs™ 2019 all rights reserved

Saturday, January 5, 2019

New Broken China Jewelry In My Shop This Week

 Laura Beth Love broken china jewelry

Here's a quick look at what's new in my shop this week. I have a few new broken china jewelry pieces, and also some new beaded gemstone earrings, so be sure to check them out below. I am once again accepting custom orders, so get those Valentine's Day requests in ASAP!  

Here's a quick look at what's new in my etsy shop this week. More information and photos of each of these pieces are available in my shop at 
www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns

 Laura Beth Love broken china jewelry

 Laura Beth Love Dishfuncional designs

 Laura Beth Love Dishfunctional Designs

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 Laura Beth Love's broken china jewelry Dishfunctional Designs

 Dishfunctional Designs broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love

  Dishfunctional Designs broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love

  Dishfunctional Designs broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love

 Dishfunctional Designs broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love

 Dishfunctional Designs broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love

 Dishfunctional Designs broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love

 Dishfunctional Designs Jewelry by Laura Beth Love

  Dishfunctional Designs Jewelry by Laura Beth Love

   Dishfunctional Designs Jewelry by Laura Beth Love

    Dishfunctional Designs Jewelry by Laura Beth Love

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 Laura Beth Love

 Laura Beth Love



Interested in a custom order? Email me at sales@dishfunctionaldesigns.com with a photo or two (front and back is best, along with approximate measurement) of your china and let me know approximately what you would like made and we can get the ball rolling! 


 https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns


Have a great week!
 Laura

My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns


article, images, and designs copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2019 all rights reserved