Dare to be Different

Are you looking for a necklace that is like no other?  How about one that is in a color or design that you have never seen on any other lady? Do you want your friends to ask you where you got it?  Well, look right here for a selection of unusual designed and colorful accessories.

Each of the individual necklaces shown here is an original design which takes advantage of the beads themselves.  I like to choose the beads I use for their color and/or the shape or distinction.

While making my creations I picture in my mind who might wear it, at work, or play or on an evening out.

These items were originally listed on my Etsy site and were discontinued when the listing ran out. I renewed them for your consideration. Search for dare2bd in my shop and you will find these pieces.

I am describing them here so that you can get an idea of the style and variety I have in my stock.  If you see one, or more, that you like, make a note of the item number and go to my Etsy shop in the discontinued section for a more precise description and picture.  They are all listed with the “dare2bd” item designation. Remember I offer free shipping to a US destination.

#6109 is 24” long and is made with 1/2” white beads in the form of knots and splashed with gold accents. $15.97 It is called “Uncommon white beads twist with gold knots necklace”

#7004 is 26” long with ½” black round beads separated by an assortment of silver beads. $18. It is called “Big, black and silver tone bead necklace”

#0421 is 23” Long with red and white alternating beads. $15.  It is called “Red and White color splashes necklace #2”

#3061 is 23” long with a variety of black and silver beads. $19 It is called “Dynamic Black necklace, handmade, stunning, big, bold”

#5010 is 23” long with ½” black beads decorated with violet flowers and separated by silver star beads. $18

#5428 is 25” long with flat oval 1” smoky beads in the center and ¼” smoky beads around to the back.

#9726 is 25” long with gold, flat, oval ¾ etched beads and 3/8” spacers. $12

#0754 is 33” long vintage with matte beige 1/4” beads & gold spacers with a drop cluster of tiny beads.  $34.97 called “Vintage pink necklace with chandelier pendant”

#4894 – 34” long with ½ black & ¼’ silver beads with gold splashes. $15

#4396 – 22” long, black 1/8” cubes & rhinestones spacers at 1” lengths. $15

#2563 – 25” long, dark matte blue 5/8” ovals with 1/8” shiny spacers. $22

#4813 – 19” clear blue glass ovals streaked with glitter. $24

#7008 – 48” pale peach ¼” beads with sparkling stars. $19.97

#3837 -25” Six black ¾” blocks with painted lavender flowers & seven 1/8” matching swirls, then black bicones to finish. $10.97

#9453 – 22” black oval pendant with carved white flower on a chain of 18” white pearls. $16.97 “Elegant pearl necklace with pendant”

#0355 – 22” with 1” carved beige pearly, satiny flowers. $27.97

#1676 – 25” with ¾” pink polymer painted circle in center & ¼” & ½” painted disks and ¼ “ pink beads. $19.95

#8527 – 41” vintage wood 1” barrels & tiny wood spacers, $10

#9918 – 44” crescent 1/8” pink beads with sparkling shiny dots. $15

#3178 – 20”  ¾” globes with leathery covers & assorted black beads. $24.97

#0139 – 23” Three 1” rings with painted flowers & bicone spacers. $13.97

#9546 – 23” Three striped turquoise 3/4” & four solid color center with seed beads to complete. $34.97

#5815 – 25”  Pink on beige ½” blocks and dusky pink 1/8” spacers. $18

Let me know if you find anything you like, or would like to see more.

 

 

I WANT YOUR OLD OR BROKEN JEWELRY

Recently my friend Betty gave me a shoe box filled with little bottles of beads and assorted broken jewelry items she no longer wanted.  I was delighted to get them.   I have been given old jewelry from other ladies in the past, but usually just one or two pieces.  This was a treasure box.

I took out all the items I couldn’t use to give away and sorted the beads that were left.  Several were pearls of all sizes, but there were a few beads that were in colors or shapes I had never seen. I was inspired by the variety.

By adding some beads from my stock I was able to create 8 new necklaces!  I will be putting those up for sale as soon as my daughter can take pictures.

While doing this I had a thought.  Surely there are a number of ladies out there with broken jewelry or old items they no longer want.  Even I have a few like that.  Why not give those gorgeous old pieces a new home?  Therefore, I am offering to take them off your hands.  You can send them to me.  I will pay the postage for any items in the US.  I am not able to pay the postage for International shipping.  But if you can afford it I would still like to have them.

Contact me at mizmlu@gmail.com and let me know what you have, where you live and how much the postage will be.  We can make a deal and you will get rid of some things you have been hanging onto for no reason, just hoping they will get fixed somehow.  I will treasure them and give them new life.  Thanks.

Mizmlu

A NEW HOME FOR SOME OLD JEWELRY PIECES

Every so often someone who knows about my jewelry making will give me a batch of old jewelry which they no longer want to keep.  Sometimes a piece will just need re-stringing, or cleaning, but other times I get loose beads.  My friend, Betty, surprised me the other day with a shoe box full of beads and broken necklaces, all in little jars.  I was thrilled!  I love the old pieces.  They have a history and only need to be put back together for a new someone to enjoy.

Betty had taken the old pieces apart and put the beads into little jars and empty prescription bottles.  Most of them didn’t have a clasp, just the beads, but I was delighted to get them.  She had several jars of pearls in all different sizes and colors, and a few of colored beads I had never seen before.  I couldn’t wait to get them home and see what could be done with them.

Some of the beads were large enough to restring and make into necklaces, but others were so tiny they could only be used as spacers.

I spent last evening sorting through what I had received and planning the projects. I have a large stock of beads on hand and can usually find something that matches or contrasts the major color.  If not, the bead shop is not far away and I can always find what I need there.  In order to match the beads I have, I put a sample bead, or beads, on a safety pin.  That keeps them from being lost and I can usually find just the right beads to complete the necklace.

There was one set of pearls in a necklace that stumped me.  There were two strands of graduated pearls with a gold motif at either end.  There were no clasps.  On further inspection, I found no holes at the end of these motifs.  But there seemed to be glue on the backs.  While trying to go to sleep last night I came up with a possible answer.  These pieces might have been glued onto the front of a garment.  This made sense to me, also because both pieces are too short to be a full necklace.  What fun!  I will be able to make one necklace out of the two shorter pieces, but cannot use the motifs.  Maybe I will clean all the glue off of them and give them away.

When I am finished with the projects I will ask Betty to choose one, or more, of the finished pieces to thank her for the donation.

I love what I can do with the old, discarded jewelry and hope that more people will discover that I would be happy to take their unwearable jewelry.  I just had a thought…  If there is anyone out there who would like to send their old jewelry to a new home, I would be happy to take it.  Just contact me at mizmlu@gmail.com and maybe we can arrange a delivery.  I live in California, but the pieces could be mailed to me.  Clear out your jewelry box!  I’ll pay the postage.

New necklaces in JewelryAlaMode

P1680658Over the last week I have added 25 necklaces to my JewelryAlaMode site for your pleasure. You’ll find them in all different colors and styles. There are fresh water cultured pearls in pink and blue and white, clear glass beads, cloisonné, large and small, casual or dressy, even metal beads. You should be able to find just the right accessory for your activities, whether they are at work, meeting friends, or just wearing something pretty around the house. That last one works for me.
Shipping is free to residents of the US for items costing less than $10 . All others are at the USPS charge. I do ship Internationally, but since the Post Office has a different charge for each country I charge what USPS charges me. And I do not have a handling charge. Each item is packed in an organza pouch to protect the necklace or for gift giving if that is your intent.

Surely you will find something that pleases you or something to go with that special outfit. I’m looking forward to sending it off to you as quickly as possible.

Many thanks for looking in my JewelryAlaMode shop. This will get you there:  jewelryalamode.com

Unusual magnetic jewelry

P1630854Come see the four new items I just added to my Jewelry Ala Mode site. I had some pieces I couldn’t list on Etsy because I didn’t make them. But I had purchased them because they were different and interesting. Three of the items are combination necklace/bracelets. They are made with magnetic beads that stick together so they can be wrapped around your wrist. The picture shows what the bracelet looks like. I could only list one picture. Those three bracelets have black beads with either gold tone or pink, or a mixture of reflective dark colored beads. You can see all three pieces on the Jewelryalamode site listed at the end of this page. When the bracelet is unrolled, for lack of a better word, it becomes a 35” necklace which can be worn doubled. The stringed beads come together and stay. Someone with imagination can wear this necklace in different ways. I wore one of the bracelets one time and it was noticed and commented on. You would probably get the same result wearing one as a necklace.
P1630887The fourth item newly listed there is a set of three pastel glass bracelets in pink, yellow, and blue. They are very shiny and when worn as a set are quite attractive. The set is on sale for $8 and the magnetic necklace/bracelet items are $6 each. I hope that you find them interesting and share in my enthusiasm.

http://jewelryalamode.com

How Marlene’s Necklace Affected My Jewelry Making

Marlene-necklaceI belong to a group of ladies who meet once a month for brunch and to exchange the books we have read and pass them around. We originally began meeting to discuss our yearly trips to the library for family research in Salt Lake City. Four of us, Pam, Ruth, Kay and I were avid genealogists and made the trips each winter along with a few other friends. Kay has since passed away, too soon, and the three of us no longer make the trip to Utah although Pam is still involved in finding her ancestors.
It’s been a long time since those days, and as our small group grew in numbers the book exchange was the next step giving us a reason to meet and compare our activities. There are now up to 9 of us who meet, but often there might be 7 or less each month. I am, no doubt, the oldest of the group. One lady who was older recently passed away in her sleep. But I have a story to tell about her and her necklace, and how it affected the necklaces I now make.
All the ladies know that I make jewelry and I wear a different necklace to each brunch gathering. One day Marlene asked me if would make her a black necklace and I said, “I’d love to.”
Marlene couldn’t describe exactly what she wanted, but knowing her, I thought I could create something she would like. I had some beads in mind and I put together three different short length bead patterns with alternating black and silver beads. She chose one and I made the necklace and gave it to her. Needless to say, she was delighted and wore it many times. However, it broke. Beads fell all over the floor. She and her daughters collected as many as they could find and gave them to me. I made a new necklace for her at no charge. I don’t remember what she paid for the original necklace. I had offered it to her as a gift, but she insisted on paying me.
That experience made me think that if that happened to one of my necklaces, it could happen again. And indeed it did. One necklace broke while a friend was looking at it. That is not good.As any necklace is worn there is friction on the clasp as the necklace is put on and taken off. The friction rubs the small wire and wears it away. I finally found what I think will help to keep that from happening to the necklaces I now make.
I use a very tiny metal guard that holds the wire and keeps the clasp away from direct contact with the wire. The horseshoe shape guard prevents that friction so the movement of the clasp doesn’t erode the wire. All necklaces are susceptible to wear and tear, but this guard makes it less fragile.
The guard is very, very tiny and it is a bitch to put the ends of the strung beads together. My hands often shake, making it a tedious process, but I do it now for every necklace I make. Some of my necklaces are long enough to easily pass over the head, but not all. So the guard is used on those.
I think that what I do is a reflection of how I feel about the jewelry I make.

http://mizmlu.etsy.com

Hooked!

I am hooked on beading! I have finally realized that what I enjoy doing most is making jewelry. I sit at my table in my little studio and look at the projects I am currently working on. Then I get out the containers with pieces that need help. They may be short on the number of beads required or the clasp didn’t work or they came apart, (worst of all), or I just didn’t like the finished product. And I make myself fix the problem on at least one. A fixed piece is my redemption.
But then the outrageous amount of beads that I currently have prompts me to use some of them by putting together a finished piece. That is the most satisfying.
In days past I have given preference to reading, knitting, crocheting, doing a crossword puzzle, or a jigsaw puzzle, or playing a game on my computer. (I especially like free cell and solitaire.) But the studio calls me. And despite my prior convictions, I find myself back there, looking at the beads, putting them together to make a necklace, a bracelet, or earrings from the leftovers. And usually I find that I need something to complete them such as a clasp, or a type of bead to fill out the design that the beads call for. And they certainly do that.
So, I am off to the bead shop. There are two nearby. Or I check my Fire Mountain catalog that has everything a jewelry maker can need.
And I am hooked. When in the shop I find a strand of beads that speaks to me. It has a special color, or an unusual design, or it says, “Buy this, it’s not expensive, and you know you’ll love it.” And I do. I come out of the store with more than I intended to buy. I have little will power. I cannot wait to get home and see what I can do with my purchases.
I try to imagine who will see my jewelry. I think that it should appeal to the working woman who needs an accessory to add to her daily wardrobe, or the stay-at-home mother, maybe on a budget, who would like to wear something new and pretty.  And a pretty necklace, bracelet, or earrings make a nice gift. However, I do dream about the woman who is out in the world and needs to wear something different and attractive. I like to say that my jewelry is one-of-a-kind. She can say that it is original, handmade, and especially, different.
I hope that this gives you a picture of me and my world as of today.
Come see my creations at 2 sites: http://mizmlu.etsy.com for the newest pieces or http://jewelryalamode.com for the necklaces that haven’t yet found their owner. There are over 135 currently at that site

MY HOME JEWELRY BUSINESS

MY HOME JEWELRY BUSINESSMizMlu'S Creatives
The aim of my jewelry business is to provide attractive, unusual, colorful, wearable and affordable accessories for the working woman, or the stay-at-home-mother or as a gift. My jewelry is not made with silver and gold materials. I could buy and use them but I would have to charge quite a bit more and would not be able to provide the large variety of jewelry that is currently available from my 2 shops, at http://mizmlu.etsy.com and my own online shop, http://jewelryalamode.com.
When I shop for materials I look for the unusual, either in color or design. I want my finished product to be one-of-a-kind and different in shape, color or design. I have never repeated a piece for the simple reason that I don’t buy the same beads a second time. Sometimes my purchase comes in an amount that allows me to make more than one piece, but the design of each is different.
I actually don’t see the finished product in my mind when I purchase the beads. I see the color or the shape and know that it will come together with what else I buy or what I already have when I put them out on my working table. Sometimes I imagine who will be buying my creation as I’m making it. Will she be an executive, a waitress, maybe a mother who spends her day making a good home and children happy or any number of women who just want original designed jewelry?
Because I like beautiful colors I look for them in other items than just jewelry. I have made booties for babies and crocheted afghans or embroidered pillows for my children and grandchildren and personalized wedding gifts for the children of friends. I used to sew all my own clothes, hence making jewelry to match was obvious. I made clothing for my children and my husband until his death.
When I began working for a living I no longer had time for these creative projects and they ended. Now I buy the clothes I need. And I can always find a piece of jewelry in my vast inventory to go with whatever I choose to wear.
Now that I am retired I have re-entered my jewelry making vocation. I had some materials to re-start and then found online shops as well as neighborhood shops that sold supplies. But I got carried away. I have more supplies than I can ever use. I have several finished pieces that are ready to have their pictures taken so that they can be shown to the public, as well as ideas for new pieces with the materials I have.
I like to give little advantages to a purchase. Therefore each necklace I sell is shipped in an organza pouch, just for protection, or if you want to give it as a gift, and shipped free of charge to US customers. My shipping is usually next day.
I hope this gives you an idea of what my business life is like. I am always busy with one thing or another. Aren’t we all? And I hope that never changes.
Look for me on Amazon in about a month. I have applied for a spot in their new section for handmade items. Looking forward to being there.
I’d love to hear from you.
Mizmlu in sunny California

2015 Bead & Button Show!

JEWELRY CREATORS – pack your bags and check your bank account, the 2015 Bead & Button show is coming to town!
You mustn’t miss this! The Bead & Button shows are the best of all shows for jewelry makers. They attract hundreds of bead vendors and over 800 jewelry making class sections and workshops for your interest. It will be held at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 27th –June 8th.
The last time I attended a bead show was over 25 years ago when it was held in Los Angeles. I was only making jewelry for my own use at the time, but my two friends who did beaded Christmas ornaments and household décor thought I would enjoy it. That I enjoyed it is putting it mildly. It was candy for my eyes.
Everywhere I looked was something beautiful I had never seen before. Each booth had literally 1000s of beads to choose from. There were classes, and demonstrations as well. I still have several earrings I made from my purchases that day long ago.
Fire Mountain Gems & Beads Supply Company has published a 3 page description of what they are doing to prepare for the show as well as tips and suggestions for attending, such as making early airline and hotel reservations. They will fill up fast. So will the classes and demonstrations. You’ll want to take a tote bag for your purchases and lots of business cards to distribute when you make new friends. And don’t forget your camera so that you can share your experience with the rest of us when you return.
For official schedule, registration and class information, check out www.beadandbuttonshow.com.
Just reading the tips and hints from the Fire Mountain crew made me wish I could make it. But not this year, unfortunately.

New necklaces for your pleasure

magenta4Just listed—Seven new items in my Jewelry A’la Mode shop. A variety of pieces in royal blue, black, magenta, (now there’s a different color no one else will have), brown, violet, pale blue, (beautiful), and green, (something to wear on St. Patrick’s Day). Sale prices, shipped in an organza pouch, free shipping if purchase is over $10. What could be better? As of today there are 126 necklaces to choose from. Come visit my shop at jewelryalamode.com. I’d love to show you my original creations.