My adventures on the information superhighway...

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

First post

This post marks my first foray into the world of blogs. You'd think that after doing a degree in Information Studies I'd have more experience in this realm, but sadly, I don't. (Note: those of you who took Web Design with me, you can stop snickering) Although I set this blog up over a week ago, a certain amount of shyness, and writer's block, have kept me from posting until now. So, musing to myself, what should my first post be about?

I've been taking photos for the past couple of weeks, and I've decided that I'm going to write a bit about my process as a jewelry designer. How I decide to create things, and what affects me.

About a month ago I ordered a strand of absolutely beautiful tangerine orange chalcedony briolettes from a fellow Etsy seller. I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but I've had a bit of an obsession with the color orange for awhile now, OK, since junior high, and I just had to have them. Also, winter is bleak in Quebec. And long. And cold. Did I mention that it lasts a long time? From freakin' Nov. to May sometimes...

Orange reminds me of Florida and all the many spring break trips I took as a child to visit my great-aunt and grandma. It conjures up images of the beach, joyful music, the hot sun, the warm sand, and a nice umbrella drink. It's just such a happy, cheerful color, and those of us that live in the north really need a little cheer right about now!

I don't like to rush my jewelry because it either comes out sloppy, or isn't very creative. So, in the meantime, I made several other pairs of earrings and a few bracelets...but those orange chalcedony brios were in one of my many plastic storage boxes of beads...just calling my name. I used some - along with some similar brios in fuchsia - to create my Tequila sunrise necklace:



...but I still had lots left.

Finally, over this past weekend, I took them out and started creating earrings.



While I'm satisfied with my first pair (below), which I've recently listed on Etsy:




I'm just not quite certain about the second (below) . Although they also have 6 beads per earwire, they just don't seem to hang right. Maybe it's the combo of round beads with brios that makes them fall differently? I don't know. Here's a pic:



I'm not quite sure if I should add more beads at the bottom or not. What do you think? The only opinions around here are those of my husband and my 2-year-old!

The contents of this box also arrived recently:




(though not actually *in* this box - that's for the pictures!) and I'm mulling over how best to use them. I'm obviously a little behind with the amethyst since it's already February, but stay tuned for pieces in aquamarine coming soon (it's March's birthstone), as well as pieces in turquoise and labradorite. Not together. Pieces featuring turquoise, and pieces featuring labradorite. The latter is especially close to my heart as my husband, who is a trained geologist, worked in Labrador many years ago.

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