Alrighty then. This is going to be the first Weekly Wednesday on the new blog! Can I get a "Yay"? I'm considering doing some things differently than I did on my previous blog postings of my finds, but I haven't decided. I previously stuck to only featuring handmade items from Etsy, but I'm considering using other handmade sites/small businesses. I feel like the handmade industry doesn't get enough credit, while small businesses need to be supported, so maybe they're really one and the same (I'm allowing myself to just think out loud here). I guess what I'm getting at is that I want to empower the small, handmade, local (if possible) artisans by featuring some of their items here...maybe as a curation. We shouldn't stick to purchasing goods from only the retail giants because it's not really helping people do what they love doing--creating. By purchasing from artisans who hand make their wares, we are, in a way, giving them the encouragement they need and helping them do what they LOVE!
This week I'm going to share some jewelry that just happen to fall into Pantone's Spring 2016 collection of colors! Last year, I did several pieces for each color, but for the spring, I want to get all the colors on one page (plus it can be hard to find items that match up with the colors). If you're not familiar with Pantone, it is (for lack of a better term) a language for communicating specific colors amongst designers, manufacturers, etc. Feel free to check out their website--they have a lot of interesting information!So, without further ado, here are some of the goodies I've found for you!
Item #1 is from SouthwestGemStones :
What caught my eye with this piece were the spikes. You don't normally think of masculine spikes and feminine pink beads meshing very well, but this artist has done an excellent job! This piece has a variety of textures from the different beads and spikes which add a sort of balance to it. It'd be great for a casual or a more dressy look.
Item #2 is from bluetribe
I think that raw kyanite is a favorite of mine because of (1) its color and (2) the way it looks like little strips could be pulled away...kind of like string cheese (omg..I'm so weird but that's the only way I can describe it). I like this piece because it's subtle until you run into the kyanite...the color. It's longer so I know I wouldn't be fooling with it trying to get it to lay down on top of the shirt rather than hiding beneath it (anyone else know that problem?), and the beads wouldn't get stuck and tangled in my hair (always a problem). I love that there's so much intricate detail here. You've got the chain connectors, the focal drop piece, the wrapping. It's really an exquisite piece.
Item #3 is from ChicLanyardsnThings
I'll have to say that the copper pieces pull this piece together, but each component plays its own part. With this, there are various shades of pink, purple, red, peach, and cooper that lend themselves to a sort of monochromatic look--it's all within the same color family. I'm also a fan of stacking bracelets (memory wire or separate bracelets) because they give that little something everyone looks for in a bracelet.
Item #4 is from Atrio
Tiles, tiles, tiles!! I love old Italian/Spanish tiles. All the detail and colors...aah! What's neat about these earrings? They aren't tiles. They're replicas of the original tiles in Porto, Portugal. These are made from polymer clay baked to where the image actually becomes part of the clay. No glue is used. They may not be real tile, but you could've fooled me!
Item #5 is from ThePricklyPearTN1
You don't find a lot of jewelry for this color, but I immediately thought of one I currently have in my shop. I'm really drawn to this piece--I have been since I made it. I love the color contrast between the green turquoise chips and the bright yellow howlite along with the more rounded shape combined with the harsher edges of the chips. With a lot of my pieces, I like them to be more natural if possible because I feel like they're more organic and closer to the original.
Item #6 is from TheGreenEyedTurtle
I've never been able to do this type of beadwork--I get too frustrated. Round of applause for the artist having the patience to create this! It looks like some of the outer beads have an iridescent sheen to them and are combined with a purple/gray chip stone in the middle. I like that there is a double loop closure because I always have to adjust the fit or watch what I buy. This would be great for a winter day!
Item #7 is from IridesceByMischa
Coral is always pretty, but I really like it in this particular shape. The red is flashy and draws attention which is especially good if you're using this as an accent piece. I love that the teardrop gives an insight into coral in its natural shape--the sharp point and the rounded end. Coral itself can be really sharp and branch around like nobody's business, but there is also a softer side to it if it grows in a mass.
Item #8 is from PaperMelon
Eco-friendly alert! These earrings are paper beads crafted from paper bags! Definitely a great idea especially when it uses something that might very well end up in the trash. I'm all for reusing and recycling. The artist has sealed the beads to protect them from everyday moisture but recommends avoiding rain, bathing, and washing up while wearing.
Item #9 is from AnemoneJewelry
I love this ring because it's simple yet intricate at the same time. The edges of the stone are beveled in a way that gives dimension to the stone itself, which also allows different shades to be perceived. The top of the setting for the stone is the most detailed part of this piece with slight beading around the base and more intricate work at the prongs. This ring screams feminine and would be a great addition to formal business wear.
Item #10 is from FiorellaJewelry:
When I uploaded the necklace I had selected for this color earlier, I noticed it was definitely NOT the color I thought it was! Gotta love differences in screens (I was on an ipad but am now on a desktop). So I went and browsed some more---it's never a good thing (more browsing) because I just find more stuff I like/want...haha. I came upon this set, and it immediately caught my eye. I love that the layers create so many textures in addition to the volume and shapes. The artist has used heishi, chunk, round, rondelle, and fluted barrel-shaped beads for this 5-strand necklace. I'd buy this in a heartbeat, but it's significantly out of my price range. But--I can look can't I?
I hope you have enjoyed reading through my favorite handmade items for this spring's Pantone colors! I'll have to say it was fun looking :) Now, head on over to your favorite handmade site and show some artists some love!
Until next time,
Hi! I’m Meagan, designer for The Prickly Pear. I’ve created this blog to not only showcase my work and other crafty information, but also to give you an inside look into my life.