February 22, 2013

Disk Bead Design Ideas

Per request from a sweet customer here are some design ideas using disk beads as the focal.

I would say the trick to getting those disks to take center stage is to cluster them together with metal spacers. Pairing them with chain is another easy trick.

February 15, 2013

Feathers in Stringing Magazine

I was excited to see one of my feathers featured in the Spring issue of Stinging Magazine. Be sure to pick up or download a copy to see the trendy necklace Stephanie LaRosa designed.

I love making these feathers - they hit on so many current trends: boho, tribal, chevron and geometric. They are multi-taskers! Not to mention they are fun to paint.

I offered these as a limited edition last fall and have just put a few more in my Etsy shop.

February 7, 2013

Stony Creek Beads Trunk Show

If you are within driving distance of Ypsilanti, MI stop over and visit me at one of my favorite bead stores this weekend!

Stony Creek Beads is hosting a trunk show on Saturday from 10am - 4pm on February 9th.

2060 Whittaker Rd ~ Ypsilanti, MI 48197

I will have my latest spring beads and limited edition pieces that you won't want to miss!

Hope to see you there!

February 5, 2013

Nina Designs Blog Partner

I'm so excited to share my pieces with you as a Nina Designs Blog Partner.  They sent me a yummy assortment of natural bronze components, leather and ribbon.

First up are the these peacock inspired earrings. I used the Three Teardrop Links in this pair of earrings. I wanted to create a unifying element with the hammered metal pieces in a gunmetal black finish.  The bronze with the black metal create a sexy contrast that I'm digging!  I tapered the texture to mimic the design of the teardrops and combined them with my disk beads in a peacock feather pattern. I used the bronze ear wires from Nina Designs, they are handmade in Bali.  Love, love, love them!

This pendant used the same design elements from the earrings with an Infinity Link from Nina Designs as the a touch of shimmer to the necklace.  

This pendant explores those same design elements and features the softest leather I've ever seen.  It's smooth and supple, thin and completely uniform.  The color is wonderful!  I went with simple adjustable knots for this pendant.  The wearer can sport it long or short.  I also braided some of this leather and it looked great, I just didn't have a chance to work into something yet.  I would use this leather in my regular line of jewelry - be sure to check out all the great colors carried by Nina Designs.

Mixing the black and bronze this minimalist design offers some striking results.  A toggle clasp in a leaf design is tied together with tiny faceted brass nugget beads.  Again I can't get over the fine quality of the findings, there are no seems on the design and the detail is just lovely!

Now we move on to the garden!  These leaf charms and tiny lotus petal charms work beautifully as earrings. paired up with Czech glass, brass rings and my polymer clay beads in a purple floral design.

Love the color of this sheer silk ribbon!  The texture is soft and delicate.  I mixed gunmetal, brass and elements of the raw brass finish to create this pendant. 

I was quite smitten with these delicate and fine branch coral charms.  How perfect are they with my starfish charms?  They make me long to go snorkeling off the shores of Cozumel! 

And this doesn't have anything to do with Nina Designs, I just couldn't have a pair of earrings hanging around without a partner! 

Now as if I wasn't impressed enough with Nina Designs I would be remiss if I didn't mention what a good karma kind of company they are too!  From fair trade practices with Bali and Thialand, to green efforts like planting trees, to mircoloans and philanthropy - this is a company that you can support knowing they are working hard to create beautiful products with earthy-friendly and people-friendly business practices.  I like that!

The other thing about Nina Designs that has my beady fingers twitching?  All their sweet nature inspired designs - how Humblebead-y perfect are the leaves, branches, birds and sea-inspired charms and pendants from Nina's?  I can hardly stand it and plan to use some of them in my summer line of jewelry.

Head on over to Nina's and when you place an order, tell them that Heather Powers' sent you.  That will get you $5.00 off your first order if you are a new customer! 

The materials above were provided as part of the Nina Designs blogging program. The author of this blog has not received any payment from above-mentioned company. The post above represents only personal opinion of the blog author.

February 2, 2013

Wellness Words Jewelry Challenge

When I saw Tracy Statler's Inspired Change: Wellness Word Challenge, I knew I wanted to jump in since it so fit in with my word for this year: Connect.  2013 is the year I work at making connections in all aspects of my life, both online and offline, personally and professionally, physically and spiritually. 

My defacto way of dealing with stress is to retreat inward and create.  Which is awesome fun, but not a healthy way of dealing with overwhelming issues in my life. And with moving to a new town, while I'm able to connect more with my family than I have in years, I need to start making some friends and connections in our tiny town. Which honestly, that has been a struggle for me because I work from home in the middle of no where!

For my piece of jewelry, I created a bracelet with my tree house bead to remind myself to get out of the house and safety of my nest to make connections.  The copper oak leaves are there to remind me that change is good, and working on making connections will bring all sorts of good changes into my life.  The world is a much better place when we are helping each other along, cheering, lifting each other up and sharing in our struggles.

Take some time and visit the other jewelry artists who are committed to making a positive change in 2013 and their jewelry designs to inspire that change: