Friday, January 3, 2014

Sold! Autumn Leaves Earrings

This is the second pair of leaf earrings.  They are made with polymer clay and copper ear wires, wood beads and glass pearls. These earrings are sold.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Here are some helpful charts for necklaces, bracelets etc. from Fabucrafts in Woodbridge, Ontario
 Bead Size                       STRANDLENGTH
                            1"       4"     16"    20"    24"    28"    32"
  • 3mm        8.46    33.8    136    170    204    237    272
  • 4mm        6.35    25.4    102    127    153    178    204
  • 5mm        5.08    20.32    82    102    125    143    164
  • 6mm        4.23    16.9      68      84    101    118    136
  • 7mm        3.62    14.4      58      70     86     101    116
  • 8mm        3.17    12.68    51      64     76       89    102
  • 10mm      2.54    10.16    41      51     61       71      82
  • 12mm      2.11      8.44    34      42     51       59      68
  • 14mm      1.81      7.24    29      36     43       50      58
  • 16mm      1.58      6.32    25      32     38       44      50
  • 18mm      1.41      5.64    23      28     34       39      46

    What is the right bracelet length for you?
    Jewellery bracelets are beautiful and fun. But there is nothing quite as annoying as a bracelet that is too large or too small is there? Especially when you really love that bracelet ... oh, but only if it was the right size!

    People tend to either like their bracelets be a draping fit or a snugger fit.

    As a general rule, for a draping fit, bracelets should be about 2 to 2.5 cm larger than the measured circumference of the wrist.

    For a snug fit (doesn't drape onto the back of the hand), about 1.5 to 2 cm larger than the wrist circumference.

    To measure your wrist circumference, use a non-stretch tape measure, string, or ribbon. Place it around the widest part of the wrist (over the knobby part) - snugly but not too tight.

    What is the right necklace length for the occasion?
    Ever wondered about the lengths of necklaces? What lengths should you make? Are there guidelines or standards?

    The following information, compiled from various sources, will help you design just the length you need.



    collar choker
    31-33 cm
    sits snugly at the middle of the neck
    complements off-shoulder, v-neck, boat neck necklines
    36-41 cm
    just on or above collarbone
    a classic & versatile length.  Suits formal & informal wear
    43-48 cm
    ends a little below collar bone
    probably the most common length. Suits high and low necklines.
    51-64 cm
    ends just at top of bust
    most popular of longer styles.  Complement low & highnecklines.  Formal & casual wear.
    66-91 cm
    over bustline
    versatile: can be worn in single strand or doubled over.  Can be knotted at neckline or above bust, etc.
    94-114 cm
    tip: can be knotted and flung over shoulder
    48++ "
    122++ cm
    very long
    like the rope, it usually has no clasp.  One end loops through the other.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

Pairing Necklaces with Different Necklines (Strungout)

Pairing Necklaces with Different Necklines

The Ziggy Necklace
Pairing your necklace with your neckline can sometimes be a challenge.  It can be frustrating and if you're like me, you have all sorts of necklaces with different lengths and styles to choose from!  You end up asking yourself "Does this work? Does it look right?"  And believe me, I understand.  I think this is something a lot of us second guess and could use help with.

How do you choose your necklace?  Generally, when picking out a necklace we tend to echo the look of the neckline.  This works well most of the time.  For example, a v-neck top goes well with a y-shaped necklace with a focal point, such as the Ziggy Necklace. This type of necklace also complements boat neck and crew neck tops.

The Purple Faux Lariat
For rounder necklines, choose rounder necklaces - this way the necklace falls right above the blouse in a flattering way. An example of this is the Lucy Necklace.

When you wear higher necklines, it's important not to overcrowd your neck area, and by choosing a longer necklace, you allow both your neckline and your necklace to shine. For tops with turtle necks or cowl necks, necklaces such as lariats and multiple strand styles look best. A necklace such as the Purple Faux Lariat would work nicely with a higher neckline.

The Angel's Wings Bridal Choker
With a strapless top, the choice is yours: a delicate chain, a bib necklace or choker (like the Angel's Wings Bridal necklace) looks great.  An open collar blouse looks stylish when paired with a thick, chunky necklace. Pairing a square neckline with a pendant that dangles from a long chain works really well.

It can also be helpful to know what the different necklace lengths are called: 14" is a collar, 16" is a choker, 18" is princess length, 20" is matinee length, 24" is opera length, and 30 - 33" is a rope or lariat.
Common Necklace Lengths

Adding a necklace gives your outfit a stylistic finishing touch.  And although certain necklaces match particularly well with certain necklines, what's most important is wearing a piece you love.  How you wear your jewelry is a personal choice, so remember to make sure that you let your personality shine through!