Thursday, September 30, 2010

Recycled glass shard resin jewelry

Beautiful, colored glass captured in crystal clear resin

This long, rounded edge, crystal clear, polyester resin pendant is complemented with recycled, blue glass shards. The glass shards are "upcycled" from a local glass studio. The pendant is side drilled through the top and hangs on 10 pound test strength, clear cord necklace to compliment the pendant's crystal clear qualities. The cord is available as a 16 inch length or a 16 inch length plus a two inch sterling silver chain neck extender. The pendant is also available wire wrapped with a bail loop to be worn on a chain necklace.

The pendant hangs 1 3/4 inches long by 1/2 inch wide.

Pendant, wire wrapped for hanging: $ 20
Pendant on a 16 inch clear cord: $ 25
Pendant on a 16 inch clear cord with 2 inch extender: $ 27

Click here to purchase this resin jewelry pendant

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Recycled glass shard resin jewelry

Beautiful, colored glass captured in crystal clear resin

This long, rounded edge, crystal clear, polyester resin pendant is complemented with recycled, pastel colored pink, yellow, and blue glass shards. The glass shards are "upcycled" from a local glass studio. The pendant is side drilled through the top and hangs on 10 pound test strength, clear cord necklace to compliment the pendant's crystal clear qualities. The cord is available as a 16 inch length or a 16 inch length plus a two inch sterling silver chain neck extender. The pendant is also available wire wrapped with a bail loop to be worn on a chain necklace.

The pendant hangs 1 3/4 inches long by 1/2 inch wide.

Pendant, wire wrapped for hanging: $ 20
Pendant on a 16 inch clear cord: $ 25
Pendant on a 16 inch clear cord with 2 inch extender: $ 27

Click here to purchase this resin jewelry pendant

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Crimping techniques for jewelry making

Watch this video for a chance to see first hand how to use crimping pliers to finish off the ends of beading wire when making jewelry.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Recycled glass shard resin jewelry

Beautiful, colored glass captured in crystal clear resin

This long, rounded edge, crystal clear, polyester resin pendant is complemented with recycled, lavender glass shards. The glass shards are "upcycled" from a local glass studio. The pendant is side drilled through the top and hangs on 10 pound test strength, clear cord necklace to compliment the pendant's crystal clear qualities. The cord is available as a 16 inch length or a 16 inch length plus a two inch sterling silver chain neck extender. The pendant is also available wire wrapped with a bail loop to be worn on a chain necklace.

The pendant hangs 13/4 inches long by 1/2 inch wide.

Pendant, wire wrapped for hanging: $ 20
Pendant on a 16 inch clear cord: $ 25
Pendant on a 16 inch clear cord with 2 inch extender: $ 27

Click here to purchase this resin jewelry pendant

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Recycled glass shard resin jewelry

Beautiful, colored glass captured in crystal clear resin

This long, rounded edge, crystal clear, polyester resin pendant is complemented with recycled, fire engine red glass shards. The glass shards are "upcycled" from a local glass studio. The pendant is side drilled through the top and hangs on 10 pound test strength, clear cord necklace to compliment the pendant's crystal clear qualities. The cord is available as a 16 inch length or a 16 inch length plus a two inch sterling silver chain neck extender. The pendant is also available wire wrapped with a bail loop to be worn on a chain necklace.

The pendant hangs 1 3/4 inches long by 1/2 inch wide.

Pendant, wire wrapped for hanging: $ 20
Pendant on a 16 inch clear cord: $ 25
Pendant on a 16 inch clear cord with 2 inch extender: $ 27

Click here to purchase this resin jewelry pendant

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Recycled glass shard resin jewelry

Beautiful, colored glass captured in crystal clear resin

This long, rounded edge, crystal clear, polyester resin pendant is complemented with recycled, soft pink glass shards. The glass shards are "upcycled" from a local glass studio. The pendant is side drilled through the top and hangs on 10 pound test strength, clear cord necklace to compliment the pendant's crystal clear qualities. The cord is available as a 16 inch length or a 16 inch length plus a two inch sterling silver chain neck extender. The pendant is also available wire wrapped with a bail loop to be worn on a chain necklace.

The pendant hangs 1 3/4 inches long by 1/2 inch wide.

Pendant, wire wrapped for hanging: $ 20
Pendant on a 16 inch clear cord: $ 25
Pendant on a 16 inch clear cord with 2 inch extender: $ 27

Click here to purchase this resin jewelry pendant

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Recycled glass shard resin jewelry

Beautiful, colored glass captured in crystal clear resin

This long, rounded edge, crystal clear, polyester resin pendant is complemented with recycled, sea foam green glass shards. The glass shards are "upcycled" from a local glass studio. The pendant is side drilled through the top and hangs on 10 pound test strength, clear cord necklace to compliment the pendant's crystal clear qualities. The cord is available as a 16 inch length or a 16 inch length plus a two inch sterling silver chain neck extender. The pendant is also available wire wrapped with a bail loop to be worn on a chain necklace.

The pendant hangs 13/4 inches long by 1/2 inch wide.

Pendant, wire wrapped for hanging: $ 20
Pendant on a 16 inch clear cord: $ 25
Pendant on a 16 inch clear cord with 2 inch extender: $ 27

Click here to purchase this resin jewelry pendant

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Cowgirl jewelry

Cowgirl up!

These pendants start as a digital cowgirl jewelry image professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cowgirl jewelry

Cowgirl up!

These pendants start as a digital cowgirl jewelry image professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cowgirl jewelry

Cowgirl up!

These pendants start as a digital cowgirl jewelry image professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cowgirl jewelry

Cowgirl up!

These pendants start as a digital cowgirl jewelry image professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Art deco resin jewelry

Go retro without having to dig out your bell bottoms!

These pendants start as a digital art deco image professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12


Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Butterfly resin jewelry

Spread your wings with a beautiful butterfly around your neck!

These pendants start as a digital butterfly image professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Butterfly resin jewelry

Spread your wings with a beautiful butterfly around your neck!

These pendants start as a digital butterfly image professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Vintage letter initial resin jewelry

Celebrate your name with a vintage style letter initial pendant!

These pendants start as a digital polka dots image with a vintage typewriter letter professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Vintage letter initial resin jewelry

Celebrate your name with a vintage style letter initial pendant!

These pendants start as a digital stripes image with a vintage typewriter letter professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Vintage letter initial resin jewelry

Celebrate your name with a vintage style letter initial pendant!

These pendants start as a digital floral image with a vintage typewrite letter professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Caring for silver jewelry

Caring for Silver Jewelry

As a jewelry lover, you may know that sterling silver is an affordable and beautiful metal to add to your collection. This metal is extremely versatile for all sorts of looks, from delicate to bold. With such an affordable piece of jewelry, one would think it may not be lasting, but with proper care and cleaning procedures, you can maintain your silver jewelry to last a lifetime.

What is Silver?

Silver is a metal that has been used to make jewelry since ancient times. This is a metal that is smelted from ore. Going all the way back to the ancient Byzantine civilizations, it is one of the most enduring and versatile metals available.

Over the years, silver has been used to make utensils (think of silverware), buttons, boxes, and many other items. Silver trays and tea sets have been treasured heirlooms through the ages.

This metal is too soft by itself to be used for jewelry, so it is mixed with other metals to make it durable. When mixed with an alloy, it is known as sterling silver. In order to protect consumers, the Federal Trade Commission requires that in order to be sold as sterling silver/solid silver/sterling, that at least 92.5% of the product must be pure silver.

One of the popular alloys used to balance sterling and add hardness is copper. This will tend to cause darkening, or tarnishing, or silver. Because of this, there are special things you need to do to keep your silver looking its best.

Storage

When storing your silver jewelry, it is best to use cloths or bags treated with a tarnish preventative. This keeps the jewelry from rubbing against other pieces, which will avoid scratching it. It is best to story your silver in a cool, dry place. It is best preserved away from any light - sunlight, or artificial light.

To extend the beauty of your silver jewelry you can also choose to apply a thin coat of Egyptian lacquer to your pieces. This will help prevent your sterling silver from premature tarnishing. Also, don't expose your pieces to chlorinated water/bleach.

If left in the air, the jewelry will react to the hydrogen sulfide and sulfur in the air. This will cause a build up that will make the jewelry look dull. This makes the jewelry lose its natural sheen.

Cleaning

Use a low abrasive cleaner to remove some light tarnish. NEVER USE BLEACH TO CLEAN JEWELRY. Some people will use toothpaste, but this is debated since some believe it may be too abrasive. If you wear your jewelry continually, sterling silver will develop a patina. This is a glow, combined with the darkened area. Some people prefer this look, but if you want the shiny look simply use a silver polish.

Another method of cleaning silver of fingerprints, and light grease/dirt is to use mild liquid soap, such as Ivory, in a half cup of warm water. Make sure it is completely dry when finished.

Ultrasonic cleaners are great when cleaning certain pieces of jewelry. However, if you have many types of gemstones use caution when using one of these cleaners.

If your jewelry has gemstones, you will need to factor this into your cleaning methods. Some gemstones are soft, and can have the polish on the stone harmed. General rules to remember for cleaning gemstones:

*Do not use toothpaste, especially for amber, lapis, and turquoise. The abrasive nature of toothpaste will scratch the surface. While many recommend toothpaste as a cleaner, it is not recommended by professional jewelers. Do not use it for soft stones at all.

*Opals are a very delicate stone. Avoid chemicals, and even heat. Strong sunlight can also dry opals. This will cause hazing and color change in your gemstones.

*Pearls are also delicate. Take extra care to protect these from other gemstones that can scratch them, as well as common chemicals. These will wear away the surface "nacra" which will cause color changes.

When using an ultrasonic cleaner, you run the risk of losing stones from the high speed cleaning. Make sure to use this method carefully with the correct stones, and NEVER with pearls or opals.

The most important thing to do with your silver jewelry is to enjoy it. Once you have gone through the trouble to select and protect these beautiful pieces, don't forget to wear it. The many choices in silver jewelry, including necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets make silver a perfect choice for gifts. Give one for a friend, and some for yourself. With this wonderful metal, you get beauty, affordability, and easy care for years of beauty. Start a collection for your heirloom items to pass down with quality silver jewelry.

Denise Sanger is the owner of My-Wedding-Jewelry.com which has a diverse catalog of Fashion JewelrySilver Jewelry. We are located in Sunny North Florida. including trendy

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Art deco resin jewelry

Go retro without having to dig out your bell bottoms!

These pendants start as a digital art deco image professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Art deco resin jewelry

Go retro without having to dig out your bell bottoms!

These pendants start as a digital art deco image professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12


Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Butterfly resin jewelry

Spread your wings with a beautiful butterfly around your neck!

These pendants start as a digital butterfly image professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Floral scrabble tile resin pendants

The beauty of nature in a piece of handmade jewelry!

These pendants start as a digital art deco image professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Art deco resin jewelry

Go retro without having to dig out your bell bottoms!

These pendants start as a digital art deco image professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Floral scrabble tile resin pendants

The beauty of nature in a piece of handmade jewelry!

These pendants start as a digital art deco image professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Floral scrabble tile resin pendants

The beauty of nature in a piece of handmade jewelry!

These pendants start as a digital art deco image professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Art Appreciation 101 - lessons on how to learn to appreciate art

I DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT ART BUT I KNOW WHAT I LIKE?


Perhaps you've gone to a gallery or art museum, looked at the artwork displayed and said to yourself, "What the heck is that? I can't understand it! Why is this here in a gallery?"

Or, maybe you've gone to a gallery or art museum and your reactions was, "Wow! Great stuff! I like this! I don't know why, but I do!"

Or, maybe you've gone to a gallery or art museum, and, after viewing the exhibits, you walk away feeling bored and disinterested. You may have said to yourself, " Why do I bother with looking at art? I never understand it. It's beyond me."

Like any other discipline, art requires the viewer to be knowledgeable about the information it presents. Sometimes we think we should just automatically understand art. After all, there it is, just hanging there on the wall and all we have to do, we think, is just look at it. But do we really SEE it? Often, our response may be, "I don't know much about art, but I know what I like."  That is just another way of saying, "What I like is really just based on my ignorance."

THE MORE YOU KNOW, THE MORE YOU CAN ENJOY

Liking a certain artwork is a pleasure. You have communicated with visual phenomena and really enjoyed the experience. It can be a very enriching, rewarding experience to know how and why an art form developed or have some knowledge of how and why an artist works in a particular way. More than likely, your perspective is quite limited if you have never studied art or know how it has developed in not only, our Western culture but all over the world.  What if you could gain information on the many forms of art that have been produced since humanity began, and how it developed over time to the present day? What would this kind of study mean to you? It would mean that, equipped with that knowledge, you would be able to enjoy a lot more art!

Here's why.

The more you know about art and its development, the more you can enjoy looking at art! You will see much more and understand the context, content and style of the art form. And this is the basis of Art Appreciation-a study of how to expand your knowledge of the art world, past, present and future and, with that perspective, be able to communicate with the rich visual/creative world!

HOW TO BEGIN

So, how do your start gaining knowledge of this vast art world? Where do you begin?
Begin by dipping your toe into Art History. With a basic Art History 101 knowledge you will be able to see how art, as we know it, was not really a term until the science of Art History was developed in our western culture. And, when it was developed, as you can read in many art history books in the library, art has existed as long as humans have been able to pick up a stick, brush or chisel and record their lives and experiences.

There are several ways of learning how to appreciate art:

ONE -- Learn about the basics of art history. How art developed, from the Lascaux cave paintings to modern art today. Older art history books deal primarily with artistic development in Western culture. Newer books add developments in Asia, China, Russia and the mid-East. The study of Art History has, over time, become global. In learning the time lines and factors that produce new perspectives and styles in art, you will not only gain a new historical perspective, but also become acquainted with the various art forms produced over the past centuries.

TWO--Choose a certain period or style in art history and learn about it. Perhaps Impressionism interests you. Or maybe you've always wanted to know the difference between Op Art and Pop Art. Through studying the cultural impact of a certain style on a specific period in time, you can understand why that particular art form developed and appreciate the artwork in a broader context.

THREE--Take a tour of your local art museum. Museums offer a wide variety of art educational programs and tours of their exhibits. Or travel and see the actual art in its setting. There are many websites on the Internet listing global art tours and travel, often by geographical location or specific art and architectural styles. On site art tours offer a unique and interesting way to travel and can give you an intimate, one on one perspective with the historical art and culture of the area. Tour groups are generally small in number and conducted by very knowledgeable guides delighted to respond to all of your questions and comments.

FOUR-Visit your local art galleries often. Galleries are supportive of their artists and gallery owners and attendants are usually quite pleased at your interest in their exhibits. They will be glad to give you information on the artists, such as whether they are local, where they have shown their work, what awards they have won, and who has purchased their artwork. Keep informed of present and future exhibits. This hands on approach, connects you closely with affordable art that is available where you live and often created by artists who live in or near your area.

DISCOVER A RICH VISUAL WORLD

Art Appreciation is as big or small a study as you want to do. Whether you want to make it an occasional outing or a serious study, whatever you choose, learning how art forms have historically developed and understanding what is on the walls in your local gallery will definitely change your perspective.
Wouldn't it be great to be able to discuss a painting on the wall in a gallery, instead of shrugging and muttering, "I don't know much about art, but I know what I like."

Think of it. Perhaps your response would be more like, "I like the way this artist uses color in an Expressionistic style. The brushwork is so vigorous! There is a lot of energy in the composition. Also, the use of thick paint produces an interesting texture."

Through Art Appreciation you can discover a rich visual/creative world that will inspire you and beckon you to learn more.

Lois's website offering free online art classes and many art resources, includes a gallery of her own paintings and pastels, as well as her videos demonstrating a wide variety of skills and techniques in the lessons: http://www.free-online-art-classes.com

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Floral resin jewelry

The beauty of nature in a piece of handmade jewelry!

These pendants start as a digital art deco image professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Art deco resin jewelry

Go retro without having to dig out your bell bottoms!

These pendants start as a digital art deco image professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Art deco resin jewelry

Go retro without having to dig out your bell bottoms!

These pendants start as a digital art deco image professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Floral resin jewelry

The beauty of nature in a piece of handmade jewelry!

These pendants start as a digital art deco image professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Floral resin pendants

The beauty of nature in a piece of handmade jewelry!

These pendants start as a digital art deco image professionally printed on high quality paper. They are adhered to the back of a recycled scrabble tile. The tile letter and score are still visible on the back. The pendant is finished with a dome of crystal clear, UV light resistant, epoxy resin and bail applied to the back. The silver tone bail is large enough to allow most any chain, cord, or ribbon to pass through. The pendants are available for purchase by themselves or on a 24 inch silver tone ball chain, which can be trimmed by the wearer to the exact desired length.

The pendant measures approximately 3/4 inches square, or 1 1/4 inches tall including the bail.

Pendant only: $ 8

Pendant with chain: $12

Click here to purchase any of these artisan jewelry pendants

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Handmade resin jewelry earrings

Beautiful, colored glass captured in crystal clear resin

These square, rounded edge polyester resin earrings are cast with peach colored post-consumer glass shards. The glass shards are recycled from a local glass studio. The earrings have silver tone wires at the to which the sterling silver ear wires are attached.

The earrings are 1/2 inch square, but hang a total length of 1 inch.

Click here to purchase these resin jewelry earrings

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Handmade resin jewelry earrings

Beautiful, colored glass captured in crystal clear resin

These square, rounded edge polyester resin earrings are cast with forest green post-consumer glass shards. The glass shards are recycled from a local glass studio. The earrings have silver tone wires at the to which the sterling silver ear wires are attached.

The earrings are 1/2 inch square, but hang a total length of 1 inch.

Click here to purchase these resin jewelry earrings

All of my resin jewelry comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Pieces may be returned for store credit between 15 and 30 days of purchase. There is a 1 year warranty on workmanship.

Choosing the Best Jewelry for Your Bridesmaids

Choosing the right jewelry for your bridesmaids may seem like something you can rush through, but as with every other detail of your wedding, it's important to take some time with this. The jewelry your bridesmaids wear is definitely not as high-profile as your diamond engagement ring. However, it's important to remember that every element of your wedding should conform to the look and theme you've chosen, and that includes your bridesmaid jewelry.

Match Jewelry to the Neckline

When choosing bridesmaid jewelry, one of the most important concepts is selecting jewelry that is appropriate for the neckline of the dresses your bridesmaids will be wearing. For example, only choker-style necklaces should be worn with a dress featuring a very high neckline, while a scoop neck or sweetheart neckline will look great with almost any style of necklace. In general, the higher the neckline, the shorter the necklaces you choose should be. With a lower neckline, you can typically choose necklaces of any length as long as they do not extend so far as to touch the fabric of the dress. If you've chosen bridesmaid dresses with a halter-style neckline, it's usually best to forgo necklaces completely, as there is no necklace style that will sit properly around the neck when wearing a dress with this type of neckline.

Earrings, Bracelets and More 

 

Earrings should be chosen with similar considerations in mind as when choosing necklaces. Drop earrings are usually better suited to lower necklines, for example, while studs and smaller earrings will look best with higher necklines. Bracelets can be worn with dresses of almost any style. The only exception is in the case of dresses with sleeves that extend past the elbow. In such cases, bracelets may not suit the style of the dresses.

There are also some lovely options for hair accessories, which will look great with a wide variety of hair styles, and with all colors. There are three main styles to choose from-tiara-style headpieces, hair jewels on long pins that are best for longer hair, and jewels with shorter corkscrew-style pins that are ideal for short hairstyles.

Diamond Jewelry for Bridesmaids

 

If you have the budget and would love to give your bridesmaids a very special gift of jewelry, diamonds are considered appropriate. Giving diamond bridesmaid jewelry can be a great way of combining two wedding tasks-choosing gifts for your bridesmaids and choosing the jewelry they'll wear at the wedding.
If you decide to go this route, choosing smaller diamonds is best, both to keep your expenses low and to ensure that as the bride, you are wearing the most elegant and eye-catching jewelry. Diamond stud earrings are a better choice than diamond rings, for example, even if the ring contains only a small stone. Whichever pieces you decide on for your bridesmaids, do be sure to choose conflict free diamonds that are mined under ethical and safe working conditions.

Choosing Styles and Colors

 

The colors you select for bridesmaid jewelry will of course depend on the overall color scheme you've chosen for your wedding, as well as the specific colors of the bridesmaid dresses. You have two basic choices here-you can choose colors that match the bridesmaid dresses for a more harmonious effect, or you can choose colors that complement them, to create accents of color that stand out more prominently.
In general, choosing delicate jewelry styles that feature thin chains and small stones is the best option for most styles of wedding, however there are exceptions. If your wedding is fairly informal, larger, more chunky pieces may be appropriate. Choosing jewelry that complements the location or theme of the wedding can be a great option. If you've decided on a beach wedding, for example, jewelry that includes motifs of tiny shells, or jewelry using coral or pearl, is a wonderful way to complement this theme.

Do make sure to get some input from your bridesmaids as to the type of jewelry they'd like to wear, particularly if you plan to make this jewelry their bridesmaid gifts. You may even decide to give different pieces to each bridesmaid, depending on their preferences. If you decide to do this, just be sure that every piece you choose includes the same basic styles and colors. This will be particularly important if your bridesmaids will be wearing dresses of different styles, as you'll need to choose jewelry to complement the style of each dress.

~Ben Anton, 2007

Ben Anton is based in the Northwest and is a regular writer for Valhalla International.
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