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

What is my style?

What is my style? How do I describe it? This was a question recently put to me. It’s really not too hard to describe.  I like variation, diversity.  I look for ways to use that in the jewelry I design.  It might be an unusual color, one you don’t see wherever you look, such as fuschia, magenta or teal.  It could be the shape of the bead or a design embedded in it.  It could be a touch of glitter.  I like that.  Then I spread the beads out on the beading form and see how they look.  They may need a touch of a contrasting color, or shape or size.  Or they may need a little help to make their appearance more attractive.  Quite often it takes many choices to arrive at the best result.

I urge others to see what I see, which is something that no one else will have. I want them to wear my jewelry and have someone comment on it, such as “Where did you get that?”

I do make the ordinary type of jewelry because I like it as much as the unusual and I want to share my work with everyone.  My pearl necklaces fall into this category and I am pleased with their appearance.

So, when you see one of my pieces and wonder why I chose to make it, that’s why.  Check out my creations at one, or all, of the following sites.  They have different jewelry items.

http://mizmlu.etsy.com

http://jewellryalamode.com

www.amazon.com/handmade/mizmlu

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

New listings on jewelryalamode

ELEVEN!  New listings have just been added to the inventory of jewelryalamode.  You will find many pretty colors and different styles there.  Some of the prices have been reduced enabling you to purchase more than one.  (big smile)

Shipping is free in the US for purchases of more than $10 and all of these are in that category.  International shipping is by USPS rates.

You just may find a Christmas gift for someone you know as well as treating yourself to a gift.  You certainly deserve it.

Find the new listings at http://jewelryalamode.com

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

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Jewelry A’La Mode

Necklace-Bag1 (33)Welcome to my newest jewelry shop. It is full of beautiful necklaces that I have created. There is every color under the sun. (Note the sun motif on the shop front page.) The styles range from classic chokers to long strands that wind around your neck. Where else can you find just the right necklace in just the right color for that outfit you just bought?

Where else can you find a yellow necklace? Or a violet or purple one? How about magenta or navy blue? My shop has them all. You’ll find pearls, glass, acrylic, metal, rhinestones or polymer used to make unusual, original necklaces for casual or evening wear. One of a kind creations. No one else will ever have the same necklace because I never make the same one twice.

Shipping is fast and free with any sale over $10 and the necklaces are placed in an organza pouch for protection. (Shipping for items at $10 or less ship at USPS rate.) I do not charge for handling. Never will. Prices range from $1 to $50. (That $50 one is a vintage genuine topaz necklace and earring set.) Average price for most is $8-15.

When the seasons change you can change your accessory necklaces at bargain prices. You will find just what you’re looking for in the right color, style and price at www.//jewelryalamode.com.

A New Venture for me

My daughter and I have a new site for your attention. It is “Jewelry A’La Mode” and contains a multitude of necklaces for your pleasure. Many different styles, colors, lengths, and bead types are available. Each is a handmade, one-of-kind, original creation. Click onto Jewelryalamode.com and browse to your heart’s content. You will find a picture of each necklace and its price. All prices have been reduced from the original. Some pieces will show the discounted cost. Other information such as length and clasp type is available at the click of your finger on “attributes”. If you need further details I will be happy to converse with you via email at mizmlu@gmail.com. However, prices listed are firm.
Shipping in an organza pouch is free in the US for purchases of more than $10. All other sales will ship at USPS charge, rounded up to the next even $ amount, unless you choose a different shipper. No charge is ever made for handling. Faster shipment is available with USPS additional charges. Contact me for International shipping as countries vary in cost. I will quote you the USPS charge. For all International shipping, your charge will be the USPS charge or whatever shipping choice you make such as Fed Ex or other.
Payment is by Pay Pal. Easy purchase is through the required information when you click on the item.
Another cute little feature of this site is color choices. If you are interested in a red necklace, for example, click on “red” in the tag list and all the red necklaces available will appear. What could be better? However, you might miss a great necklace in a different color that way.  Please come and take a look.
When I finish listing all the necklaces I have available for your choice there will be over 100. So you will have much to choose from. My pleasure was in the making. I hope you find pleasure in the wearing.