There’s something wonderful about nature being interpreted in artistic form. Almost anything — flowers, plants, trees — can serve as inspiration, and some people execute it very well:
All of the above can be found at UnaOdd. Really, the shop is just one big explosion of color — like a huge bouquet of flowers, enticing you to look ever closer.
There’s so much good stuff in the shop that’s it’s really hard to decide where to start. Maybe the polymer clay pendants, all made from original patterns, hand-detailed with acrylic paint? Or the acrylic wristbands, all hand-painted with different motifs? Or the acrylic paintings of flowers? Or these really amazing bookmarks that were made from the pages of an old accounting textbook and then embellished and laminated?
Everything is pretty affordable as well — yet another bonus!
I have to admit, when I saw this dragon bracelet, I was totally floored:
All the color and wire and detail … and the wings were pretty cool. And then I kept poking around Shiny Things and realize there’s a lot more where that came from:
Orin Drake is the one behind all the beads and the wire making all this great stuff. In addition to things you can display in your home (like the tree and the spider), she makes lots of jewelry. If you’re not into wearing a dragon on your arm, you’ll find other wire-wrapped jewelry that’s a little smaller in scale, like this black heart necklace. There are even a few clay sculptures in the shop.
There’s lots of good stuff that’ll make you go wow, so do take a look!
Consider these little pieces of art that you can wear:
You can find these stunning accessories at waterrose’s shop on Etsy. The cuffs are made with wool felt, sometimes hand-dyed (as is the case with the cuff at the very top). Each is an amazing piece of needlework, a celebration of all the different embroidery stitches that can be done. The felt makes a great canvas for the work.
As an added bonus, sometimes the pieces feature other items made by fellow Etsy sellers. Yay for good karma!
Cuffs aren’t the only things available in the shop; you can get rings too. But if you’re looking for a unique accessory, you won’t go wrong here for sure.
If you’ve played even a lick of Nintendo (or watching someone play a lick of Nintendo), you will no doubt know about Link from The Legend of Zelda!
The first time I saw this, I was totally amazed. It’s fantastic work by Ruthiee of Rose Works Jewelry.
At Rose Works Jewelry, it’s all about beads and using them in all kinds of ways, from beadweaving to simple stringing to wire work. There’s a terrific selection of jewelry in Ruthiee’s shop, from the simple and elegant to the eye-popping and intricate. And very colorful too.
A peek at a couple of other pieces to whet your appetite:
Colorful and glassy … it makes for some eye-popping jewelry. Take a look:
And this isn’t big and bold, but it’s nonetheless really pretty:
You can find this jewelry at A Keeper’s Jackpot. Visit the shop and you’ll be sure to be mesmerized by the shiny, pretty glass beads.
If you’re looking for something bold and elegant, this is the place to look. Plenty of chunky bracelets and big glass pendants. There’s also some very nice wire-wrapped and wire crochet pieces in the store.
Custom items are also available, including some custom word bracelets.
And prices are really reasonable. That’s only a plus.
Want a jewelry piece that will grab some attention? This might fit the bill:
This fun, funky piece of jewelry is from Red Panda Chainmaille. You’ll find all kinds of linky goodness from the Nashville, Tennessee-based jewelry maker, and most of the pieces have a distinctive burst of color. It’s nice to see something so funky and colorful and not just your traditional all silver or copper or gold rings.
There are also some stretchy chainmaille bracelets, something I’d never associate with chainmaille, but a nice touch indeed. You’ll also find keychains and stitch markers among the jewelry. Fun stuff!
OK, so maybe you’re not quite living the charmed life — you know, silver spoon in your mouth, sleeping on a pile of cash, living with a servant who will get up and massage your feet for you.
But you can at least feel quite charming with one of these awesome bracelets:
This is the work of the eponymous Miss Kerry Turner, who hails from jolly ol’ England. Kerry began selling charm bracelets in 2006, and draws inspiration from all sorts of things.
The first piece is inspired by Alice in Wonderland, featuring a looking glass, a deck of cards, a teapot and a crown. The second piece is called Paris in Springtime, hence the spring colors and the Eiffel Tower.
Kerry also does lots of custom orders — give her a theme and she will go to town!
No matter what you choose, there will be lots of shiny stones and sterling silver charms to make you feel like a million bucks!
Bend it, shape it, twist it — anyway you play with it, wire can do some pretty amazing things. Combine with pretty stones and you get some pretty sweet jewelry like this:
These pieces are the work of Cari Taylor at Wired Originals. Cari is a self-taught jewelry designer from Colorado. She uses sterling silver and precious gemstones in her work, as well as a variety of techniques. The flower pendant is a freeform wire piece, while the bracelet is wire crochet.
You’ll also find earrings and rings at Wired Originals, so you can have an entire twisty, shiny collection!
A friend of mine used to make fun of chain maille, saying, “What, for all your knightly needs?” Well, poobah.
Chain maille is cool, visually interesting and darned intricate. And if you hop over to Elements by Dawn, you’ll see some fabulous stuff like this:
Dawn’s jewelry is a mix of styles, ranging from the simple, elegant lines of the silver jewelry — like this lovely heart pendant — to bold and chunky (check this necklace out). And it’s versatile jewelry and can go with both your elegant outfits or add some pizazz if you’re wearing jeans and something casual.
Do take a look.
The dictionary defines “gallimaufry” as a hodgepodge. And that’s exactly what you’ll find at Gallimaufry Arts — a hodgepodge of vintage inspired pins and magnets, jewelry and nice paperie!
Take this stunning chain maille bracelet, for instance:
Or maybe you’re not really in a jewelry mood. Maybe you want something nice to doodle in, or to write a nice note to attach to a gift to a friend?
The above is from the mini book collection. They are less than 3 inches square and come in a variety of prints. You can even personalize them with a letter or number pebble for 50 cents more!
This is just a sampling of the gallimaufry at Gallimaufry Arts. Do click on over.
I know Mother’s Day is long past, but if you know a mom or mom-to-be and you need a nice gift, try this one:
This is the Funky Mom coil cuff from PamperingBeki. Each one features lots of seed beads, crystals and other colorful beads, and each one is unique! And it’s one size fits all and has no clasps to mess around with. (Perfect for uncoordinated folk, like me.)
There is a lot of fun jewelry at PamperingBeki, like the brightly colored Fruit Salad earrings. And there’s plenty of kid stuff too — hair adornments and jewelry.
If you take a look around your house, what kind of odds and ends would you come up with? Maybe some mismatching buttons? Some broken jewelry? A box of stuff from say, the 60s, which you’re not sure what to do with?
Maybe you’d toss it out. Of if you were the fabulous gal behind Tomate d’Epingles, you’d turn it into some pretty fab jewelry:
The motto at Tomate d’Epingles is “Recycled jewelry? How eco-chic!” And chic indeed. The pieces combine vintage finds and recycled pieces (like recycled cloth) with new materials (like say, the copper wire in that ring above). That makes for some pretty unique stuff.
And making something new out of something old is always good in general.
Trés bonne, indeed.
I like to randomly putter around Etsy because I sometimes find cool stuff like this:
This lovely necklace is from down to the wire designs. The shop is full of great sterling silver jewelry, some accented with brass patterns, like the necklace above.
I originally saw this shop on the front page of Etsy a while ago, when a nice floral box pendant was featured. It looks much like the necklace above, except it was square and was almost like a locket. Sadly, it has been sold.
But at least there is still this really cool ring:
If you’re looking for nice adornments, it’s worth taking a look.
I am always amazed by metalsmiths and the things they can hammer, polish and etch out. Like this:
This lovely brass locket is from My Sunset Road. The shop is run by Courtney Filer-Dougal, an artist from the Boston Area.
My Sunset Road features all sorts of handmade metal goodness, from necklaces to bracelets (there’s a matching bracelet for the locket above) to earrings and rings. She also has some paintings for sale on her site.
Click on over and see what Courtney’s hammering out. Plenty of eye candy to see.
It’s almost spring, and while the weather in some parts of the country doesn’t remind some of spring, you can still anticipate the thaw.
And to celebrate the thaw, how about some brightly colored jewelry? With a flower motif, no less?
These wonderful pieces were crafted by Shari at Bonnin Designs. She makes flamenco-inspired jewelry, and she’s a fabulous gal to boot.
You’ll find plenty of flowers in the floral collection, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg!