Showing posts from February, 2011

Earthenwood Design Team - Necklace Give-a-way

You can win this necklace!
Here is my design for February 2011  "Heart Lock It"

You can win this necklace!  All you have to do is tell my your best or worst Valentine's Day story.  I will pick one winner from the stories posted.  Please post your email address with your story. The winner will be chosen Monday, February 28th.  Good Luck! Note from Melanie! It's a new month, so it's time for a new challenge for the Design Team!  This month, in celebration of Valentine's Day (and my own anniversary with my sweetie Alex this week) I have chosen from my newest collection of hearts. I packaged up a dozen little bundles, each with a heart (either one of the Lock and Keys or the Everlasting Heartfires), a Heartfire link, a new Clock Face link, and a pair of little round pewtery link pairs. I have already sent out packages to the core members:
Andrew ThorntonGaea CannadayDenise Yezbak MooreErin Prais-Hintz Erin SiegelHeather PowersLorelei EurtoLori AndersonJean YatesMari…

Antique Tuesday - Victorian Hair Jewelry

Mourning dress was popular throughout Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but it wasn't until Queen Victoria was widowed in 1861 upon Prince Albert's death that mourning dress spread throughout England, America and the world. Victoria, widowed at 42, proceeded to wear mourning dress for the next forty years of her life and required that her court do the same. The aristocracy followed suit, and mourning dress filtered down to all classes as an expression of dignity and social status. Although Americans were not directly affected by the mourning of England's monarch, they were influenced by world mourning fashion and customs. Several English magazines outlined the length of various mourning periods. The Gentlewoman, for example, recommended fifteen months mourning for a daughter who lost a parent: six in crape, six in black and three in half mourning. Different magazines outlined different schedules, which proved to be quite confusing for t…

Bead Trends Magazine - February 2011

I have to say that this issue of Bead Trends magazine features my favorite cover ever.  I think the flower necklace is fabulous and "No" it is not mine!

My first project in this magazine is called "Dance of the Dragonflies".  It features Vintaj Natural Brass and Ranger Alcohol Inks.

I am very excited to be featured in the "Jewel School" section of Bead Trends this month!

Be sure to pick up your copy of the February Bead Trends Magazine to get instructions on how to patina brass with sea salt and apple vinegar!

New Free Projects at

Here are my latest free projects that have just been listed on  All designs are made with "Bead Gallery" beads manufactured by Halcraft USA.
Click Here for Red Coral Necklace Link
My original photo
Click Here for Turquoise Heart Necklace
My original photo

Click Here for Turquoise and Coral Necklace
My original photo
I hope everyone likes the designs.  Be sure to check out for other fabulous and free jewelry designs.

Bead and Button - February 2011

Michaels National Ad Campaign

I wanted to share with you my first Ad for Halcraft(Bead Gallery Beads).  It is a print advertisement  for Michaels craft stores.  This ad can be found in the February issue of Bead & Button Magazine.  There is a 15% off coupon for your jewelry supply purchase at Michaels. 

Here is my original photo.  It is amazing what a professional photographer can do.

Antique Tuesday - Plique a jour - Art Nouveau

Today we are looking at 3 pieces of Art Nouveau Period Circa 1890 to 1905 Plique-a-jour jewelry.

Plique-à-jour, (French for "braid letting in daylight"} is a vitreous enameling technique where the enamel is applied in cells, similar to cloisonne, but with no backing in the final product, so light can shine through the transparent or translucent enamel. It has a stained-glass like appearance and is considered very challenging technically. (From: Wikipedia)

This example below shows the back of the pendant/pin from the top of the page.

Sorry about last week everyone.  I have been super slammed with deadlines.  I will do my best to publish "Antique Tuesday" each week.  Sometimes it maybe only twice a month.  I hope you enjoyed this weeks post.

Please visit Adin Fine Antique Jewelry to see other fabulous jewelry!