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 

May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Sale

To celebrate Memorial Day, I am offering a 30% discount on all orders placed today. [Exp.May30] Coupon is valid in my Etsy and my Website.

April 26, 2017

Pretty Palettes April Reveal

Let me remind you the beads that Halcraft sent me to complete the April Pretty Palettes Challenge....

From top to bottom:  

Top: Hematite 2 x 4mm Item # 80315
Amber Dyed shell teardrops Item # 87403
Rhodonite 12mm rounds Item #86559
Reconstituted Turquoise Stone 10mm Item # 87196
Mint Glass 6mm Rounds Item #82672
Acrylic Lentil link Item #87476
Lavender Painted glass 6 x 8mm rondelles Item #84844
Pink Czech glass 6mm Faceted  mix Item #91564

The inspiration this month is this beautiful watercolor inspired print from Heather Powers Art.

Beautiful  colors, a gorgeous flowing floral motif perfect for Spring! Which has finally FINALLY landed in upstate New York, I'm glad to say!

Although we are never out of the woods for snow until Mid May. :)

I sat down with my beads and it didn't take long at all to be inspired! I created a long beaded necklace and popped in a special handmade Bean from Swoon Dimples that reads Grateful. My sentiment - so grateful for Spring!

I used a variety of the beads, paired with some of my own seed beads as filler.  I created an asymmetrical necklace by adding a small section of just the mint green rounds along one section. When worn doubled, it has a pretty cool effect.

This next piece is a bracelet. A double stranded beaded design, with a slight asymmetrical feel that I couldn't really showcase in these photos. One strand was beaded with the Turquoise, and then faceted pink glass, and then the next stranded I started with the pink glass, and ended at the turquoise. And at the center, attached a large jumpring that holds a beautiful pewter Green Girl Studios Button.
The clasp is also handmade on this, from my friend Mary Harding. A ceramic toggle that has the same color palette as the Pretty palettes collection.

And finally a convertible piece! This month they send this Multi strand Link of acrylic lentils. Each end has a large ring, holding all the strands together. Instead of cutting all the strands and unleashing all the beads, I used the link as a way to create a necklace AND a bracelet by using some open ended S hooks I had in stash.

 Here it is as a necklace- where I added some cool box chain around the back. A nice statement necklace that really brings your attention to that gorgeous green!

 When Deconstructed-   I took the 1 S hook off, and the chain off, and left one S hook on one end of the beaded link. And now I have a Bracelet!

I would love to see if any of you participated this month in the Pretty Palettes challenge! Let me know in the comments and leave me a link!