July 11, 2017

Restocked some supplies

It was getting really bad-  bad, as in- I didn't have a single earring wire, no clasps..... I was mostly using some findings here and there from my local craft stores. I bit the bullet and placed a few orders this past week.
Chain from Chain Gallery at BestBeads.com- Stocked up on spools of figure 8 chain and some fringe chain.
I got a huge order from Vintaj Brass Co..... all the brass findings, toggles, clasps, headpins, and even crimp tubes. I was even out of crimps!
I ordered several things from Fusion Beads, such as Liver of Sulphur gel, (they have new smaller bottles!) some silver wire, some nickel sheet, and some magatama seed beads.
And finally I placed a large order at Green Girl Studios to stock up on my favorite pewter art beads and should have those soon!

Feels so much easier to create now that I have some supplies to use!! DUH... I know!

June 28, 2017

Pretty Palettes June Reveal

June's Pretty Palettes inspiration this month is one of my favorite color combinations ever. It's so bold and eye-catching and draws you in effortlessly! So you can expect my delight when I opened my bead package from Challenge host Molly Schaller! 

The photo where the color inspiration came from is this :

A beautiful shot of some books, and that black and white graphic zippered pouch- WOW! That's gorgeous!

Here are the beads we used in this month's challenge:

And here are my finished pieces using these beads, plus a few from my own bead stash....

What can I say!? I was totally inspired and it was not hard whatsoever to come up with 5 separate designs- so totally effortless!

The first piece, is this Chunky beaded necklace using the Bead Gallery large silver plated saucers - I used them with some deep red seed beads from Allegory Gallery  - along with some coral top drilled briolettes that I had in my stash.  Separating the beads, are the Bead Gallery silver plated spacers. The clasp is an old vintage button. This would be a great piece layered with a small silver chain necklace or worn by itself as a statement piece.

The second piece is a funky double strand bracelet. I used the Bead Gallery cracked agate ovals and the Bead Gallery 6mm white howlite rounds with  brass double strand toggle clasp. I threw in a few more of those bright red coral briolettes to match the Bead Gallery red dyed bamboo coral chips that are wire wrapped on brass head pins at either side of the center Agate coin. Those Bead Gallery silver plated spacers are so versatile!

Another necklace design is this Fun asymmetrical piece that highlights some artist beads from Heather Millican of SwoonDimples.etsy.com. The main beads are the Bead Gallery red dyed bamboo coral chips but I added a few of the faceted rondelles in the  Bead Gallery aqua painted glass mix

The dotted tubes are some of my African trade beads from my stash. The gorgeous etched beach pebble from my friend D'Arsie Manzella acts as the button clasp. And of course, there are those silver plated spacers again!

This third necklace was created using more of the Bead Gallery aqua painted glass mix  and the Bead Gallery fire crackle agate 14mm lentils and one of the Bead Gallery cracked agate ovals with a few of those  Bead Gallery 6mm white howlite rounds.  I added an etched beach pebble layered with a pewter Disc both from Mamacita Beadworks...

To pull in a bit more of the silver color I used a Nickel buffalo button, and a small pewter charm from Tierra Cast. The button loop is made with some metallic round leather cord from Beadshop.com.

And finally.... the second bracelet I created- matches the necklace above, perfectly!  THAT AGATE FOCAL BEAD, thought, AMIRIGHT??
So gorgeous, it had to be the main attraction to this piece of jewelry... no ifs ands or buts about it!

I used a bunch of the Bead Gallery 6mm white howlite rounds paired with the smallest rounds from the Bead Gallery aqua painted glass mix and some deep red seed beads from my stash. There are a couple of these plated spacers in there, and there at the clasp is another gorgeous Buffalo button.  This is my favorite out of all of them, UGH, I just love it!

These challenges keep getting more and more fun to do! They remind of those Michael's Blog hop challenges I used to host back in the day, remember those?? 

If you'd like to see what other participants of this challenge created with these Bead Gallery beads, head on over to the Halcraft Blog today and if you yourself created anything with the beads, be sure to enter your link into the linky thing at the bottom of their blog post!

Happy hopping!

All jewelry can be found for sale on my website. HERE> www.loreleieurto.com

June 27, 2017

Pretty Palettes JUNE 2017 Inspiration and Beads

I received the currently bead selection for the JUNE 2017 Blog Challenge and wanted to show them to you today!

Here is the color palette inspiration - beautiful chocolate, teal, white, red, and khaki! Perfect BOHO colors in my opinion and not hard to imagine something beautiful!

These are the beads I was sent from Molly Schaller.

If you want to participate, head on over to Michael's and pick up the beads:
Better to be quick though- because not all the beads will be available at all Michael's locations. 

Meet me back here tomorrow June 28th, for the reveal of what I create! And of course I'll be linking you to the Halcraft blog so you can see what the other participants come up with as well!

June 19, 2017

Mark Downs

Happy Monday y'all!

In case you missed it on Facebook, I have marked down several items in both my ETSY and Webstore shops- there are SALE SECTIONS in both- just click SALE and you'll be shown all of the marked down listings!

Trying to clean out some older stock so that I can make room for new work!  In some cases, things have been discounted up to 30% off.

QUICK- head on over before it's gone!

June 15, 2017

Free World Wide Shipping!

I definitely know the burden of expensive shipping fees especially overseas. I definitely know the burden of expensive shipping fees especially overseas. I am offering this FREE SHIPPING COUPON CODE for the next two days as a way to say thank you for supporting handmade all over the world!

Valid: June 15-16 2017

June 9, 2017

Stitch Marker Necklaces- Knitting Jewelry

I had been seeing some simpler style Stitch Marker necklaces floating around the internet recently and I thought that maybe I could do something that appealed to a more artistic knitter. Not saying that these don't appeal to artistic people but I just wanted to throw in a few art beads and maybe create something a bit different than what was already being seen out there. You know what I'm saying right??

So this week I started making longer style necklaces, with focal beads at the forefront, situated above a large lobster clasp that would hold all of the stitch markers and some even include a progress keeper if that's more your jam.

Everyone has different tastes when it comes to their favorites markers. And if you are new to the whole knitting terminology - a stitch marker is a small loop or dangling charm that slides onto the knitting needle between stitches to mark a specific technique, stitch, or number of stitches on the needles.
A progress keeper is usually a charm or beaded dangle on a lobster clasp that can be hooked onto your knitted fabric to show how much you've knit since your last session or even to show the right side of the fabric if it's hard to tell.

I have sold a few of these so far, and I have to be honest- I am having such a blast assembling these that I just can't seem to stop! Don't worry- I'm sure I'll get it out of my system and get back to making other necklaces, and bracelets and earrings.... but for today... there are a few more in the works!

June 6, 2017

Throw Me a Bone!

Yesterday was a full day of designing and in my opinion some pretty great pieces were produced. I know they'll find their adoptive parents soon.... I hope. Look how cute they are!?

Find adoptions instructions HERE: www.loreleieurto.com

May 31, 2017

Pretty Palettes May Reveal

 This month's Halcraft Pretty Palettes challenge snuck right up on me! And I just realized that I didn't really have time to photograph the beads when they arrived! So sorry about that!

Blogging has definitely taken a back seat to all the other things I've been doing.

This month, May's beads. Oh My Goodness. Such beautiful emerald greens.

The inspiration for this month is this photo of gorgeous succulents and orange flowers.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to receive all of this month's beads, but only received the greens.

These are the beads I did not end up using ....  NO reason really, other than that I ran out of time and created my challenge pieces very very last minute. As is expected lately with me.  ACK.

The beads we received are:


Here are 3 pieces I have created based on this months inspiration!

This first is a bracelet with copper accents, and some of the 10mm green jasper rounds and one of my recently created Nunn Design Bezels with a clover. I also included a FIND YOUR FIRE polymer barrel by Swoon Dimples on a piece of grey Leather from Beadshop.com

I created this sweet firefly which was inspired by a bee clasp in Candie Cooper's book Metalworking for Beaders.  Check it out on Amazon! Instead of soldering my piece, I did a cold connection of a screw rivet instead. I created a link out of it by punch holes in each end.

The clasp is made from a plain ol' copper washer, and I paired it with this copper link-turned-toggle bar.

This was such a fun piece to assemble- and I love all the different elements.

Next up, a more simple design. I used the  Bead Gallery® 7 x 12mm natural shell ovals and just did a long simple necklace using more of that grey leather from Beadshop.com and a I beaded in a couple of vintage Boot buttons for a little extra MOP love.

Handmade Jewelry does not have to be always so complicated or over the top.... but sometimes it's hard to really get out of that mind set when creating. For some reason I always feel like- if it's really simple- it won't be interesting enough or flashy enough.

But I love this piece and I could see someone wearing this all summer long. It's a great every day piece!

Here is a close up shot of the boot buttons!

And finally the piece de resistance..... A chunky beaded necklace- asymmetrical of course- with some pops of orange!

The large flower polymer lentil at the left is one I have had in stash for a very long time, from ArtyBecca.  I used the Bead Gallery® green dyed quartzite chips, and the 10mm green jasper rounds with the Hemetite cubes as small spacers between the beads.  

The clasp is made from a hollow Porcelain bead from Round Rabbit Extra with some more metallic leather cording from Beadshop.com.
The metal turtle button which I found in my stash and I really can't remember where it even came from.... is just so perfect with all these other components.

I hope you've  enjoyed this month's pretty palettes pieces! If you follow the Halcraft blog, feel free to create your own pieces and include your link  on the blog post to share your pieces.

These pieces are now available for sale on my website