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

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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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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

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year! Here's What's New In My Etsy Shop

 Dishfunctional Designs broken china jewelry

Happy New Year! I hope each of you had a great holiday and new year and here's to a happy and healthy 2019! I've already written 2018 by mistake on my to-do list this morning...

I'm glad to get back into my workshop and have lots of new ideas for 2019! Last night I managed to get a few brand new pieces of jewelry listed in my Etsy shop so here's a quick look at what's new in my shop this week. I am once again accepting custom orders, so get those Valentine's Day requests in soon!  

For 2019 expect to see lots of new broken china jewelry designs from me, as well as more gemstone beaded jewelry as well. I have some new beaded earrings and bracelets I am working on (and am pretty excited about!) so expect to see those popping up in my shop soon. In the meantime, 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 by clicking on the photos, or just visit my shop at 
www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns


 Dishfunctional Designs broken china jewelry



 Laura Beth Love broken china jewelry



 Laura Beth Love broken china jewelry



 Laura Beth Love broken china jewelry



 Laura Beth Love broken china jewelry



 Broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love



Broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love



 Broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love



 Broken china jewelry by Laura Beth Love



 Broken China Jewelry by 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

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Best Ever Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge


This is definitely another one of those recipes that you can add to your collection of easy and beyond delicious, but even better, its perfect to cook up in batches and give as gifts. My family has been making this recipe for as long as I can remember, and we often make a pan-full around the holidays to share with family and friends. 

If you think fudge is a difficult candy to make, then I am here to show you how simple and easy it actually is. The ingredients are few and the directions are simple. This recipe comes from my sister Lisa, and below in my haphazard handwriting of years ago is the recipe, but I will type it out for you here so that it is much clearer and easier to read and understand. 

Two notes before you start though, be sure to use a can of evaporated milk and not sweetened condensed milk, and the brand does not matter. I use store brand all the time and the results are the same. Second, though the written recipe calls for one quarter pound of margarine, I have only ever used butter and not margarine. In place of buttering the pan, I lightly spray it with nonstick cooking spray - a light spray is all you will need. This recipe makes about five pounds of fudge!

Fudge
Spray a sheet cake pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium-sized pot on the stove mix together:
4 & 1/2 cups sugar
1 can evaporated milk
Boil for ten minutes on medium, stirring constantly

In an electric mixer bowl put:
1/4 pound butter (one stick)
1 & 1/2 cups peanut butter
1/2 to 3/4 jar marshmallow creme (Fluff)
18 ounce chocolate chips
1 to 2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions: 
After the sugar & milk mixture has boiled for ten minutes, remove it from the stove and carefully and slowly pour it over the peanut butter, marshmallow creme, chocolate chips and vanilla. Carefully blend with the mixer on low - - make sure you do this first part slowly so that it does not splash out of the mixer, as it will be very hot! 

Once the mixture is well-combined, turn the mixer up to medium and mix quickly for another minute or so to completely blend the mixture. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl if you need to. Mix until completely blended and smooth. Pour into pan. Allow to cool completely before cutting. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to a week or freeze. 






Spray pan and set aside - I actually spray it and then wipe out the excess spray with a napkin


Chocolate chips, marshmallow, vanilla and peanut butter in mixer bowl ready and waiting for the hot mixture to be added 


In pot on stove top combine sugar and evaporated milk and mix


Mix constantly while it boils for ten minutes


Once hot mixture has boiled for ten minutes, carefully pour it over the ingredients in the mixer bowl. 


Stir very slowly at first to combine


Once all ingredients are combined, mix quickly until smooth


This fudge is ready to go into the pan


Pour into pan and cool


That's all there is to it! 


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