Saturday, February 28, 2009

Lake Erie Beach Glass



My sister and I have recently found a new "LOVE"! We love discovering seaglass on the beach and creating wonderful pieces of jewelry that is unique, beautiful and a little reminder of the sun and beach. We live near Cleveland, Ohio and spend our time combing the shores of Lake Erie-when it's not subzero temps. of course! It's amazing what you find if you just take a minute to really look at your surroundings. Tiny little treasures lay in wait everywhere!



As we comb the beach, we usually find clear or white pieces of seaglass. Most of the time the pieces are small-but, that's just fine by us! We love to make earrings and wire wrapped rings out of the smaller pieces. The larger pieces are definitley the most prized and if you see us jumping up and down and laughing-we've found a big one! We are like little kids out there!

We have quite a collection of seaglass now and have made several pieces of jewelry from them. They are definitely our biggest hit online and at home parties! People just love the nostalgia of the beach glass and the detail in each story of each piece! We try to keep all of our finds separate so that we know exactly where each piece has come from.


(Sorry! This ring is sold!)

Recently we have had many people offer to give us their seaglass! It really is amazing how many people collect and cherish their treasures. We know how meaningful it is to people and reward their finds with a unique piece of jewelry designed just for them!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20714433

The climate on Lake Erie is brutal and we are looking forward to warmer temps. so we can start combing the beach again! In the meantime, be sure to check out our website for our newest Seaglass Creations!

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Olivine Tree of Life

Need a little inspiration in your day? We have it. A little reminder of God's love that you can see all day long.

For this design we used an Antiqued Copper Tree of Life pendant and we individually wrapped each Olivine Celestial Crystal with copper wire and secured each on together. In the Bible, the color green symbolizes growth or spiritual growth and healing. We love the combination of the antiqued copper and olivine colors together...the two colors are beautiful and compliment each other. The necklace is finished with a copper toggle clasp.

Necklace length: approx. 17 inches
In stock and ready for IMMEDIATE shipment.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Be Charmed!


This bracelet is fun and inspirational! We designed this bracelet with Blue Turquoise, fun and colorful Shell Pieces, Heart Charm, "Live" Charm, "Love Charm", and Gemstone Chips. Each piece is individually wire wrapped and attached to silver plate chain and finished with a lobster clasp.


Bracelet Length: 7 inches


IN STOCK AND READY FOR IMMEDIATE SHIPMENT!



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Hot Graphic Bead Ring!




This is my new fav! I absolutely love this ring! It's beautiful, sleek and large! We used an 18mm Black Graphic Swarovski Crystal and wire wrapped it with non tarnish Silver Plate Wire.

Black and White is hot this season-this will be a great addition to your collection.

Ring size: 8

Need a different size? No problem. Convo us and we'll custom make a ring just for you:)

In stock and ready for IMMEDIATE SHIPMENT!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Calling All Bridesmaids!

Calling all bridesmaids! We've been creating and designing Bridal Jewelry for over a year now and we've designed some simple and affordable jewelry for your Bridal Party. Check out our Simple Aquamarine Necklace. It's simple and elegant. Not only that, but, Swarovski offers a variety of colours: Crystal Copper, Indicolite, Crystal Golden Shadow, Olivine, Fuschia, Crystal AB, Crystal Clear, Jet Black, Amethyst, Crystal Silver Shade, Light Amethyst

Brides, the Crystal Clear Cosmic Cut Crystal would be a simple yet perfect match for any Wedding Gown.
If your not sure what colour will match your Bridesmaids Dress, simply contact us at lovescreation@windstream.net

We will be sure to answer all your questions!

Get creative with your Bridesmaids Accessories and give them a matching wire wrapped ring as a special gift!
Please let us know what you think about our Bridal Jewelry and leave a comment!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Inspirational Jewelry


This cross necklace is simple and can be worn with any outfit. We used Black Celestial Crystals and individually wrapped them using Black Zebra Wire to make a secure necklace. We attached this Little Cross with a wonderful scroll design as a pendant. The necklace is finished with a simple silver toggle clasp.


Necklace Length: 17 inches


In stock and ready for IMMEDIATE SHIPMENT.

Just Listed-Vintage Style Button Ring


We love the vintage look and fell for these buttons as soon as we saw them. The colors in this button are amber and gold and we paired it and securely wrapped the button with copper wire. The gold design is nostalgic and has an antiqued look.


The ring is one inch in diameter.


Ring size 71/2In stock and ready for IMMEDIATE SHIPMENT.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Postcards From God...

I am truly inspired every day by the creativity of my fellow Etsians. Recently, I met Jamie. She creates postcards to inspire and uplift the hearts of everyone who sees them. They are a must see!
Today I'm featuring her shop. Take a minute to read her Bio....it made my day!

My name is Jamie Shires Moore. As a portrait photographer and artist, I have served the Richmond, Virginia area for 20 years. My studio, Masterpiece Portraits, specializes in fine custom portraiture of children and their families.

I also create inspirational fine art under the name Postcards From God. The idea for this name came many years ago, as a simple image, that had great impact on me. I was traveling back roads to a client’s house one late afternoon for a portrait session and the sun was just setting. I came around a curve in the road and just ahead of me was an old, large, bare oak tree, with the brilliant sun on the horizon shining through the tree and creating a silhouette. It was breathtaking and I exclaimed to my assistant, “Wow, that’s a postcard from God!”. This scene stayed in my mind and my heart as I thought of the many ways God daily reminds us of who He is and how much He loves us. The idea “Postcards From God” was born. As I have created my inspirational art over the years I occasionally sold pieces to friends and portrait clients. When I first built my studio’s website and bought the domain name for my studio, I also bought “www.PostcardsFromGod.com”. I had the link go directly to my studio website, “www.jamieshires.com”, and featured my work there in a separate gallery.

Two years ago, I invited some of my clients’ children to model for me for a self published coffee table book, “This Little Light Of Mine”. It featured beautiful images of children photographed specifically for the book, along with scripture, old hymns and poetry, a wonderful collection of devotions for children and their parents.

It wasn’t until a few months ago that my daughter told me about Etsy and suggested I take a look at it. After thinking about how it would be good as a way of introducing Postcards From God to the those outside my local area I decided to set up my Etsy site. I am so excited about this new experience and have received wonderful comments from visitors. I have listed some of my original inspirational art as well as a few of my individual images from “This Little Light Of Mine” as separate prints. I have many other orginal images to share and as I am continually in the creative mode, there will be new ones, too.

It is my desire that every time someone views a Postcards From God image, they are encouraged and blessed and are reminded how much God loves them.
For more information on Masterpiece Portraits or Postcards From God, please visit www.jamieshires.com or www.PostcardsFromGod.com. This link goes directly to my Etsy site. Also, my member name on Etsy is PostcardsFromGod.
God bless you all!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Are You Wrapped?


So, what's to love about wire wrapped rings? What's all the hype? Well, you just have to experience them to know how much fun they really are! Wire wrapped rings are a favorite at Love Designs. There are so many design possibilities, you can just let your creative vibe flow! Whether you want a little bling bling, sophistication, fun, sparkle, or artistic flair...it's all possible when you wire wrap. Visit our store and see the wide variety of rings! We constantly update our inventory, so you never know what's going to pop up! Subscribe to our blog for the latest updates.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Seaglass Jewelry!!!

My sister and I love seaglass! It is so beautiful and unique...every design is different! On Etsy we listed two new seaglass creations. Check them out! I think they are a perfect reminder of summer, the beach, ocean, and sun! Just what we need when it's 40 some degrees out, dreary, and rainy!

The blue in this piece of seaglass is a deep blue with a touch of green making an intriguing and beautiful pendant. We've designed this piece with a Large piece of Cape Cod Bay Seaglass and wired wrapped it in nontarnish silver plate wire. The pendant is securely wrapped to silver plate figaro chain and we've individually wire wrapped white shell puff beads and securely attached them to the chain.


Overall Necklace Length: 18 inches


Pendant Size: Approx. 21/2 inch by 1 inch


Shell Beads: 1/2 inch


In stock and ready for IMMEDIATE SHIPMENT.


This piece of blue seaglass was found off the shores of Cape Cod Bay. I love the uniqueness of this piece of glass combined with the turquoise. It is a great summer necklace and it looks great dressed down or up!We've wire wrapped the seaglass with nontarnish silver plate wire and securely attached it to silver plate figaro chain. The turquoise we've handwrapped and securely attached to the chain. The necklace is finished with a s-hook clasp.


In stock and ready for IMMEDIATE SHIPMENT.


Necklace Length: 18 inches


Overall Pendant Length: 2 inches


Turquoise beads: 1/2 inch
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

MEN, MEN, MEN


Recently, many of our customers have inquired about jewelry for men. We are noticing a common complaint among many of them that have difficutly finding jewelry for men that is different, unique, masculine, and casual. We take our customer complaints seriously and have decided to launch a Mens Line of Jewelry at Love Designs!





I recently listed a few of our Mens necklaces at our online store:
We will be adding to our line more necklaces, a variety of Mens bracelets and earrings over the next few months.



We want to know what you want to see??? What styles are you looking for? Please let us know! Leave a comment below! Thank you!

Enjoy!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Olivine Vintage Style Necklace


I love the vintage look. There's just something about it that pulls me in. Whether it's the nostalgia of it or it's unique beauty, I'm not sure. It definitely grabs my attention. My sister and I decided to give the vintage style a shot and designed this Olivine Vintage Style necklace. This necklace is my favorite design so far. The oxidized sterling silver turned out beautiful. It has a wonderful luster to it. It is smooth and the dark color adds a new and exciting design element.

I've designed this necklace using sterling silver chain, lobster clasp, and wire which I oxidized to give my design a vintage look. The Olivine Cubic Zirconia Teardrop Pendant is wire wrapped with oxidized sterling silver wire and attached to the chain. I used Olivine, Celestial Crystal, faceted beads which I individually wire wrapped and secured to the chain.

The Olivine Pendant is a 36x9mm faceted teardrop.The Olivine Celestial Crystal are 8mm faceted beads.

This necklace is availabe for IMMEDIATE SHIPMENT at our online store:
http://www.lovescreation.etsy.com/

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Oxidizing Sterling Silver With Liver of Sulfur


I recently posted a blog about oxidizing sterling silver using hard boiled eggs. Now, this was the very first attempt at oxidizing anything for me and I had not tried using Liver of Sulfur yet. I believed at the time when I had oxidized the sterling silver with hardboiled eggs that the result was good. Well, I've changed my mind! The end result of using Liver of Sulfur was, in my opinion, far superior than the hard boiled eggs. I'm not an expert at this by any means, but, if you compare the pics in the two articles you will see the difference.

If you can handle the smell, which is overwhelming and you want a WELL VENTILATED ROOM, then I promise that you will love the result! I'll give you a step by step description of the process.

1. Gather all of your sterling silver for the piece that you want to oxidize. (you don't want to do this twice if you can avoid it!) I found that it does not affect the piece if the item is already hand wrapped.
2. Be sure you have on hand a small bowl (large enough to hold your pieces of jewelry), tweezers (to handle the jewelry-you do not want to get this on your skin!), gloves, plastic spoon, liver of sulfur, and a plate or somewhere to place your jewelry when finished.

3. Fill the bowl with HOT tap water.

4. Use the tweezers to grab two small pieces of liver of sulfur (a little larger than the size of a pea). Place it in the HOT tap water and use a plastic spoon to stir the water and help dissolve the liver of sulfur.

5. Place your items in the water. You'll notice that the silver will start to oxidize immediately, but, you will have to wait several minutes before you get the darker oxidized color. I use the spoon to stir the water up as the items sit and it seems to help the process.

6. Use the tweezers to pull out the pieces of silver and rinse with hot water, then cold water and place them on a plate to dry.

7. Enjoy!




I hope this was helpful to you! I know you will love the look of your jewelry when finished! Please let me know if this was helpful or not. Leave a comment! Thank you!

Finished Olivine Vintage Style Necklace

Friday, February 13, 2009

Tibetan Style Flower Jewelry



This weekend we will be featuring our Tibetan Style Flower Necklace with FREE SHIPPING. (Matching Earrings available). I've designed the necklace using an agate, Tibetan Style Flower pendant that is hand painted and heat treated to maintain its permanent color. The pendant is handwrapped with black zebra wire and attached to a strand of individually hand wrapped, 8mm black, Celestial Crystal beads. The necklace is finished with a copper flower toggle clasp. The pendant is 30mm in diameter and 7mm thick.


Our matching earrings are made with the same hand painted pendants which are hand wrapped and attached to copper earring wire.




Both are available on our online store at http://www.lovescreation.etsy.com/




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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Custom Wedding Jewelry

I have been a bridesmaid four times over the last 10 years and the experience has always been interesting to say the least. Out of those four weddings, I have only kept one of the necklaces that I wore with the very flattering bridesmaid dress! Of course, the only one who really needs to be happy and have the best day of her life is you, the Bride! I've noticed that things have changed quite a bit since I was a bridesmaid and I have to say, the dresses keep getting nicer and so does the jewelry, which, I think is great! Everyone should be happy and have the best day possible! That's what great memories are made from. And that's why we love making beautiful jewelry for the Bride and the Bridesmaids!




My sister and I have designed necklaces, bracelets and earrings that will compliment any dress. All of our jewelry can be custom designed to match your Bridesmaids dresses. We offer high quality jewelry at an affordable price. Almost all of our designs are made with sterling silver or gold filled chain and you will notice that we love using Swarovski Crystal and Swarovski Crystal Pearls. All of our jewelry is handwrapped to ensure the integrity and strength of the overall design. Our ultimate goal is to make you, the Bride, happy and simplify the wedding planning process by providing you with great service.


Visit our online store and look under our WEDDING JEWELRY and EVENING AND BRIDALY JEWELRY SECTIONS! Not only will you find designs to compliment your Bridesmaids, you will also find a beautiful selection of jewelry for you, the Bride.
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This beautiful necklace shown is made with a cosmic cut, aquamarine, Swarovski Crystal as the centerpeice. It is securely wire wrapped to sterling silver figaro chain and finished with a s-hook clasp. Swarovski Crystals come in various colors and can be changed to fit your wedding colours!

And don't forget to let us know what you think! Please, leave us a comment! Your opinion is very important to us!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Weekend Feature!




Lately, I've been thinking about warmer weather. The beach and the sound of the waves crashing against the shore is definitely calling out to me! If I could, I would own a beach house on the shores of the Outer Banks. I love the atmosphere there. It is totally laid back, relaxing, with nothing between you and the ocean except sun, sun, and more sun!

That's why I love finding these treasures along the shore. They serve as little reminders of that state of peace and magnificence that you can only find by the ocean. Each piece is unique, the colors are beautiful and transclucent, making each design special and exciting!

This week we will be featuring our Ocean Blue Seaglass Necklace and matching earrings. They are made with seaglass found by my Aunt off the shores of Cape Cod Bay. I used Amazonite faceted dyed jade beads and wrapped each bead individually together to create an overall soft and peaceful effect. I wrapped a clear piece of seaglass with nontarnish silver plate wire with a swirl at the top and attached it to the necklace. I absolutely love how it turned out!

The earrings are made with the same clear color seaglass and secured to chain. I wire wrapped and securely attached the Amazonite faceted beads, crystal silver swarovski crystal, and white swarovski crystal pearls directly to the chain so they dangle. They are a perfect match for this necklace!

Beginning tomorrow, we will feature the necklace and earrings (sold separately) with free shipping! You can check it out on our website at:


Tell us what you think about our jewelry...what would you like to see us design? Please, leave a comment! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Love Designs Weddings

I remember clearly the day I married my husband of thirteen years. It was the best and most memorable day of my life. Everything was perfect. It was the height of the fall season and all the leaves were golden. It wasn't your typical October day for Chardon, Ohio. The sun was shining, it was 80 degrees out, and there was no humidity. My wedding dress shimmered, my husband was so handsome in his tailored tux, and every detail was accounted for right down to the beautiful cross necklace and earrings.

At Love Designs, we want to make sure that your wedding day will stand out in your memory forever. We love designing jewelry for brides and bridesmaids and we will simplify the decision process by personally creating unique jewelry that will compliment you and your personal style.

Visit our online store and look under our WEDDING JEWELRY and EVENING/BRIDAL JEWELRY sections to view a variety of styles and designs for today's modern bride. All designs can be modified to fit your color scheme. Simply send us a picture of your wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses and together we will design your wedding jewelry. If you cannot find what you want simply click our "REQUEST CUSTOM ITEM" and tell us what you want! We will do our best to meet your needs.
Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted with precision and attention to detail to ensure that your jewelry is of the highest quality this industry offers. Let us personalize your wedding jewelry and bridal party on your wedding day!
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LAST CHANCE SALE!


I just wanted to send a word out to all of our Love Designs customers that this is the last week to receive 10% off all of our in stock inventory! Be sure to stop by and check out our SEAGLASS JEWELRY, WIRE WRAPPED RINGS, EVENING WEAR, CHILDREN'S JEWELRY, BRACELETS, PENDANT NECKLACES, AND EARRINGS! This sale will end Friday, February 6th! Thank you to all of our customers and have a wonderful VALENTINE'S DAY!