slide show of CC Design's Jewelry

Friday, August 15, 2008

My New Bracelet!


I have been wanting to design this bracelet for about a year. I admire Eni Onken's talent of wire wrapping and all of her designs. I had purchased her tutorials and finally got the confidence in my skill level to go ahead with the project and here is a bit about the bracelet.
Garden Party Artisan Wire Wrapped Bracelet. This bracelet has all of the makings for turning heads at your next garden party or special occasion. I have always admired the wire artist Eni Oken and had learned this technique from her tutorials. Garden party has been wire wrapped in sterling silver wire in different gauges to give a unique look. The base of the bracelet is on memory wire to give it a bangle type fit. This bracelet adorns fancy 14mm bali silver beads, agate, a 30mm by 22mm new jade oval bead,and 25mm x18mm carnelian beads. The accent beads wire wrapped along this bracelet are 2mm and 3mm sterling silver round beads, 4mm camel jade, moss agate, and rhodonite beads To end the bracelet is a hook type clasp. This bracelet measures 9" end to end and 2 3/4" in diameter. This bracelet will fit comfortably up to an 7 3/4" wrist.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

NoraKaren Feature

Nora is on the "One A Day Challenge" Team that I'm also a member. Her shop is filled with great hand painted clothing with peacocks and other beautiful art work. Here is the link to browse her
shop.

Here are some interesting things about Nora and her business.
1. How long have you been crafting? I believe art runs like blood in my family members.My dad was a very good designer and painter. I used to sit close to him just to observe him draw.This family bond led to a more creative path in my career. After high school I needed to choose a career and I went for graphic design but I always wanted something more crafty. So I finished my career and I opened a printing store. But still wasn't what I was looking for. I found my dream when I worked for a fashion designer here in Florida, USA.
2. What feeds your imagination?I get inspiration from nature and today's fashion trends. I translate creation in everything I can . That's part of my nature. But probably the areas that help me express more are related to painting, fabrics, drawing, sewing, crocheting, singing, music, raising my kids (that really needs inspiration!)
3. What made you decide to make your crafting a business?in 2007, I was blessed to find out that I was pregnant. With news like that, I decided to quit my full time job and reopen my business. " It's all for good for those who believe in God!"
My business gives me the freedom to express myself and do what I feel to do, and create and fullfil a purpose in life. It is also a channel to show to others and to receive feedback from other artist. One thing is create and other one, very different is to sell what you create. And your business puts you to the test of seeing yourself not only as a designer/creator/artist but also as someone willing to manage/promote/carry the consecuences. So I really like having my own business , it opened my mind to the rush I feel everytime I have to handle any of those areas. What a feeling!
4. How did you find etsy?My wonderful sister in law Fern owns a very sucessful shop on etsy called thirtyonedesigns and she introduced it to me....and I loved it...since then I can't sleep anymore without thinking of Etsy.
5. What is your goal for your business 1 year from now?my goal is having my business running smothly after all the promotion and hard work
6. Do you sell your products on other sites or businesses?You can find my work on etsy, ecrater, dawanda, redbubble, and a number of other small web pages. Locally, I sell in stores around Boca Raton , Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Deerfiled Beach (all in Palm Beach County) and participate in shows and fairs in Florida, most recently at Miami and Island Fest -TAMPA.

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade
norakaren.etsy.com

Monday, August 11, 2008

Aren't You Glad?


I finally got to curate a treasury. I decided that I would mix it up a little and add other items that are orange from other sellers. I figure that will help increase my chances to hopefully make a front page treasury. It's still a goal for me as it is for many etsy sellers. The chance to make the front page is really slim, but it's always a goal for us when we curate a new treasury. I included jewelry from the awesome and talented Artisan Beaders Street Team. Hope you like the treasury and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Custom Wedding Set Order



I've really been enjoying the opportunity to set up my jewelry at the "At Home Outlet" in the past couple of weeks. This has helped me sell quite a few pieces of my jewelry and I also have received a couple of custom orders. This set is one of the custom orders I received. I really love to design bridal jewelry. I met this girl and she saw a piece that I had made and wanted me to redesign it into a set for her. I made a necklace, bracelet, and earrings for her. She picked up her set on Saturday and was really pleased with the set, I designed it slightly different than what she requested. The design just looked a little off so I changed it up a bit. The bracelet has a small briolette dangle that matches the earrings. I really liked her idea for the bracelet.