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.

 

 

Christmas Gift Idea

beads-1234666_640Thinking about a gift for a lady?  How about a new, colorful, original, one-of-a-kind necklace to go with her, or your, new outfit?  You can find just what you’re looking for at Jewelryalamode.com. You’ll see a large collection of unusual necklaces at bargain prices.

Items in this site are all handmade, original designed, and priced to sell.  Shipping is in an organza pouch for gift-giving, or protection in your jewelry box.

Take a look.  During this promotion you could get one for yourself.  US customers only, please.

END OF THE YEAR CLEARANCE SALE!!! | jewelry sale

Necklace-Bag1 (33)Beginning Oct. 1 I will be featuring a huge sale of my surplus necklaces.  I need to make room for new items and I am overstocked.

Sale prices range from $2 -$20

In order for you to take advantage of this terrific offer just go to the Website for Jewelry A La Mode at http://jewelryalamode.com and start browsing the listings.  The sale includes items from Etsy listings.  The price you will pay for an item will be one-half of the original price.  For example, the $14.97 listings will be sold for $7.47, plus shipping. I ship to the US at USPS prices according to the weight.  International shipping is at USPS prices for each country.

If you would like to purchase an item, please let me know the item name, SKU number and current sale price.  Sale items will be shipped in a plastic baggie and a carefully padded package.

I originally listed these on my Etsy Shop, MizMlu and I hope that you will find one or more pieces that you really like and help me make room in my studio for more new creations.

These items will be on sale until December 31st. These are one of a kind pieces. Once sold, they are gone. Your only guarantee to get the piece you want, is to purchase it when you see it. There are no holds for products. All sales are final.

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

Get it While its Still Shipped Free

I just deleted 6 necklaces from my Etsy shop this afternoon.  I will be removing 24 more in the next few days and transferring them to my Jewelryalamode shop.  I do not charge for US shipping on my Etsy shop, but I do on the other.  Therefore if there is an item you liked on Etsy, check it out now.  It will be taken off soon.  Scroll down to the last couple of pages to see the deletion date on each item. If the date is in October it will be going. Happy shopping!  – Mizmlu

http://mizmlu.etsy.com

Take advantage of free shipping

Next week, between Feb. 6 and Feb. 9, 29 pieces of my handmade jewelry will be discontinued for sale from my Etsy shop. If you would like to purchase one or more of them, shipping in the US will be free, as usual. All of the 29 pieces will go up for sale on my Jewelryalamode site, where I do charge for shipping for any item over $10. If you are interested in saving the shipping cost, take advance of this feature. After February 9, they will no longer be listed on Etsy.

My New Site

Hello everyone. I have just become a seller of my jewelry on Amazon! I am excited about this. Amazon is the peak of popularity. Registering my site was a long, detailed process. I will give you the link to it at the end of this message. My daughter, Circe, helped me set it up and it took all day.

None of the pictures I currently have are in the proper form to list on Amazon, so she has had to correct them, a very time-consuming process. However, I have just listed 7 necklaces and 2 bracelets. You can see them now.
I have to wait until Circe finishes each picture and sends it to me. Then I can enter the details required by Amazon and put it up on my Amazon page.

I am in the process of listing new pieces almost every day so you should check out the listings fairly often.

Amazon does not provide a place for viewer notices, so I am not able to see how many visitors come to my site. That would be helpful for me, but it’s not available. So you can visit it undetected. You could email me with any comments you may have however at mizmlu@gmail.com.

Amazon site is: www.amazon.com/handmade/mizmlu

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