Thursday, April 29, 2010

Featured Etsy Shop Series: DesignsbyCher

This week I'm taking a look at the etsy shop of  DesignsbyCher where you can find handmade contemporary and vintage style jewelry along with handforged metal designs. This artisan enjoys using gemstones, crystals, artisan lampwork and glass beads - and metalwork wire designs using sterling silver, goldfill, brass and copper in her work. A beautiful example of her gemstone jewelry is her Desert Sands Bracelet. She has other beautiful bracelets using a rainbow of gorgeous stones and beads in her shop.

Check out her necklace section for lovely creations such as this pretty necklace Vase of Flowers. Not to be missed are Cher's earrings in a variety of styles, and in every size from petite dangles to long and dramatic.  This artisan enjoys working with metal and handforges many of the earrings wires, clasps and other elements in her jewelry. Take a look at the forged copper necklace below, "Blueberry Swirls" for a beautiful example of her talent with metal. She has even opened a section in her shop so people can buy her handmade findings such as the lovely brass toggle clasp below right.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Featured Etsy Shop Series: LittleBrownBird

This week I'm taking a look at the etsy shop of LittleBrownBird where you can find handcrafted jewelry and accessories. This artisan loves to use glass beads in her jewelry, like the Plum Faceted Glass and Antique Brass Earrings featured above. You will find earrings made with blown glass, vintage beads and freshwater pearls in her shop.

LittleBrownBird also makes custom order jewelry in fine silver. Take a look at this necklace from her "Love Quotes" line in fine silver with gold accents. She has lots of cute necklaces in other styles featuring resin pendants, gemstones and glass beads.

Other adornments are available at LittleBrownBird, too. She makes fabulous clutch purses and hair accessories. Don't miss this shop!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Featured Etsy Shop Series: SilverSmack

Creating with silver and wire is the passion of this jewelry artisan whose shop is . She loves to see what her silver wire can do and creates wonderful jewelry with it, like the pendant necklace below.


She calls her creations hammered silver wire wrapped inspirations, and they are very creative. The earrings above resemble a bean or pea pod, with the gemstones of aqua amazonite and lavender lepidolite within. The wrapping style is the ancient technique of Herringbone Wrap.

Beautiful  wire wrapped briolette pendants and earrings, and designs involving hammered silver rings are some of this artisan's current favorites to express in wire and silver.

If you want to have some custom jewelry made just for you, this artisan is happy to work with you. And visit her other shops MoonMystic to see more gemstone and pearl jewelry, and SuperiorStones for beach glass and stone jewelry.