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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tutorial : Colorful Stackable Bracelet Bangles

The warmer days are coming up in the bay area, and everyone is happy and cheerful, why not make some easy DIY bangle bracelets to match the mood of spring/summer? You can make these using leftover beads, crystals, anything you like and basically stack them up according to your style and preference. These are bracelets that are made from memory wire. Here is a peek at some that I made recently and have been wearing all the time!

Stackable Easy to Make Memory Wire Bracelets
Okay, now for how to make these cuties, you will need:

  • Standard bracelet size stainless steel silver plated memory wire (I got mine from Fire Mountain Gems)
  • Memory wire cutters (NEVER use any other cutters to cut memory wire, the steel wire will damage  regular cutters)
  • Round nose pliers (for making loops at the ends)
  • Beads/crystals of your choice (here, I used enough blue crystal bead assortment to complete three  full circles/coils)
  •  some bead dangles/charms for the ends (optional)
  • 2 jump rings for dangling the charms at the ends.
Supplies for this project

Now, memory wire is a snug coil wire made of tempered steel that holds it shape and fits any wrist. You simply coil the bracelet layer after layer and wear it that way. Here, I am making a bracelet with three full coils.

Step1: Cut approximately three full coils from the memory wire coil using memory wire cutters. These cutters are specially designed to cut memory wire only, hence use these and not your regular wire cutters. I got my memory cutters from Fire Mountain Gems.

Three coils removed using memory wire cutters from the main coil stock.

Step 2 : Make a simple loop at one end of the cut memory wire using round nose pliers.
loop at one end of the wire

Step 3: Start adding beads of your choice through the non-loop end of the wire. Here, I used a mix of blue-green crystals to make a bohemian themed bracelet.
add beads of choice

Step 4: When there is about a half inch of free wire left at the end, make the second loop with round nose pliers, similar to the one you make earlier. Now you have a two opposite ended looped  bracelet with beads!
Stop adding beads when you have half inch left of the wire
make a loop at this end similar to the previously made loop
Step 5: Add Charms/Dangles to the looped ends. This step is optional, you can go ahead and wear the bracelet without charms but if you like some playful ends to the bracelet, it is fun to add clusters of beads or charms for a cuter finish.

The finished Bracelet with Three Coils & Dangles at the ends
Voila! The bracelet is ready to wear - accessorize these for parties, events or stacking several up for a stylish look! This is also a great way to use up leftover beads from a crafting project or making kids bracelets in several colors.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Crushed Coin Disc Necklace

This is my current favorite design: I keep wearing this on weekend dinner events, and those times I want to dress up just a little bit. I like that the necklace is light and sparkly without going over the top. If you like this design, I have it up for sale in my Shop.
Crushed Disc Coin Necklace in Gold

A delicate accessory for your neck!

Monday, February 25, 2013


Weather has started to warm up nice and cosy, I am looking forward to spring already! Here is a spring romance inspired necklace - NEW!! from Sparkle Chains - in lariat style that gives an incredibly elegant decorative overall look to your neck, sitting pretty at your collarbone.

Spring Romance Necklace

Since I was thinking flowers and spring all this time, here is my new spring/floral inspired collection of goodies from our fabulous Etsians!
Spring Flower Treasury

Friday, February 22, 2013

My Fave Etsy Picks this Week

Time to list my top 3 Etsy Faves this week!

1. Hand-painted vintage bowl "somewhat angular", black and white, from RoomforEmptiness, $20.29 USD

Hand Painted Bowl
This bowl is beautiful in its simplicity and hand painted floral ring design. With a monochromatic color palette and stunning photography, this bowl has warmed its way into my heart. The seller also has several other glassware in the same style - modern with vintage fusion.

2. Blue and Green Dots Clutch with Applique by MiCasaBella, $55.00

Gorgeous Blue-Green Clutch
A stylish clutch purse for the Spring-Summer Parties. Love the polka dots in fresh blue-green tones with the cute little knob in blue as a pretty detail that makes this clutch truly stand out. I think this is a great gifting purse.

3. Black Bud Ring. Sterling Silver from lachicadelosanillos, $65.00

Sterling Silver Black Bud Ring
All handcrafted, the sterling silver ring with buds embellishment on top is beautiful and stylish with handmade beauty. This seller also has other gorgeous rings that would surely have you shopping here again and again!

Cross Necklaces

Wearing a simple cross around your neck makes for an all day everyday faith inspired necklace. Here are the two designs available at Sparkle Chains, more to come!
Little Gold Cross Charm Pendant Necklace

Sideways Cross Silver Necklace

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Copper and Silver Necklace

Shimmering Copper Necklace with Sterling Silver Chain

Copper Ball Necklace with Sterling Silver Link Chain
I personally adore the metallic contrast of copper and silver. The vintage colors of the copper stands out against the modern hues of sterling silver. The Copper Ball Necklace and Shimmering Copper Necklace are both similar in design, except that one is more simple with a single copper ball and the other is perfect for evening dance with three copper balls.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Storage Ideas for your Jewelry

If you are a jewelry designer like me, you will soon end up accumulating tons and tons of beautiful supplies - headpins, jump rings, beads, crystals, chains, links, crimps, pearls, findings, clasps and what not. Not taking proper storage measures to neatly organize these little building blocks of jewelry can be the perfect recipe for clutter and chaos later on. From my experience, it is always a good idea to start right from the beginning, when you start to slowly accumulate these supplies. Start with a few stackable storage boxes and build up depending on how much your supply collection grows.

Here are some great ways to store your jewelry supplies or finished jewelry

 Divided Clear Boxes with multiple compartments

13-1/8" x 9" Clear 24-Compartment Box from The Container Store

 This compartment storage box closes tight, is easy to see whats inside without opening and has numerous little divided spaces that can each store your small jewelry beads and findings. You can also label each compartment as the dividing bars are quite tall. Or you can buy several of these boxes and stack them up for a cohesive feel to your supplies shelf. I label each box with a number, and then label each separate space with whats inside. To refer back later, I have a separate inventory book that tells me what each box (identified by its number) contains. This system takes some time and lot of patience to start, but once it is set up, you will thank the world for this system saving valuable time that you would otherwise spend trying to find that headpin or jumpring.

Non-jewelry makers can also find this box a big help : you can sort and separate all your earrings and store them in these little spaces, this way it is easy to find what you are looking for when in a hurry and the gold earrings wont mix up with the silver ones. Closing the box reduces chances of tarnishing as well.

Multi Drawer Small Cabinets

Multi-Drawer Cabinets from The Container Store

The best thing about these cabinets is that they can either be wall mounted or stored on table top. The Container Store has these efficient organizers in a variety of shapes and sizes that is worth checking out. You simply pull out each mini-drawer and store your supplies or jewelry.  These are also perfect  for storing any craft or art supplies, scrapbooking stuff or small tools.

Anti-Tarnish Bags

Pro-Tectant Anti-Tarnish Anti-Rust Plastic Bags from Rio Grande

Sometimes, you don't want to leave chain or findings made of precious metals (sterling silver or 14K gold) exposed to air in the stackable drawers. For such instances, you can add another level of security by storing them in these anti tarnish bags that are self sealed and prevent tarnish or rust formation for about 12 months/bag. I label each bags with what is inside and store several such bags in small storage bins.

What methods do you use to store your jewelry supplies? Share with me!

Friday, February 15, 2013

A sleek way to dress up walls for storage - Urbio

So I am a regular follower of the Shark Tank, the wonderfully exhilarating show on ABC where start up entrepreneurs come with a great idea, product or service in hopes of seeking investment and support from a bunch of rich "shark" millionaires. Couple of weeks back, I happened to love one of the products that was featured in the show, called URBIO.

I was totally blown away by this uber cool vertical garden that seems super easy to mount on the walls of an apartment, loft or home. You can even attach it through its magnetic backs onto the refrigerator, use these are table top or wall storage units. That walls can serve as stylish storage areas in a tiny living space is not much explored, with URBIO, one can store magazines, that ever disappearing TV remote or phone on the wall..and these are not just restricted to plants. I fell in love with this sleek design right away - kind of like how I fell in love with my first ever iphone!

Sleek, effortlessly simple and clean designs blow me away. Let's face it - simple designs are the hardest to create. Which is why I think URBIO is a winner all the way - these vertical storage pots provide sleek industrial design with versatile functionality that is hard to resist - I am getting one of these very soon for my studio. URBIO is a a SF based company , that excites me even more. I hope they make these little pots in more colors and shapes - i can only imagine the possibilities..
Think of the possibilities of storage with this neat platform!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Monochromatic Black n White

My latest color addiction is anything black and that effect, here is my latest Etsy treasury!

Crystal Wrapped Hoop Earrings Tutorial

Learn to make these gorgeous handmade hoops!
Do you like to add some dazzle to the wire earrings we learned to make in the last tutorial? If yes, learn this easy to learn wire wrapping to embellish your choice of beads, pearls or crystals onto a hoop frame. You can wire wrap just about any hoop earring using this technique. I guarantee, once you get going, its going to get addictive and you may not stop at just one pair. Note that, this tutorial starts from where I left off in the Part 1: making the hoop frame. 

  • The pair of hoop earrings (that you made using Steps outlined in my earlier Tutorial)
  • Jewelry Wire - 26 gauge ( use the same colored metal wire as the hoop earrings you made earlier). You will need about 23 inches of wire per hoop (total of 46 inches for two hoops of a pair)
  • Bead of your choice (Here, I used 40 red fire polished crystal rondelles 5mm in size – 20 beads wrapped per hoop).
  • Chain nose pliers, Flush Cutters/Nipper Tool
Tools and Supplies For this Project

Step 1: Make a pair of wire hoop earrings using the Steps Outlined in my Wire Hoops Tutorial. The hoops shown here are approximately 1.1 inches in diameter.
The wire hoop frames from Part 1

 All the remaining steps below are for one earring, repeat for the other to complete the pair.

Step 2: Measure and flush cut about 23 inches of the 26 gauge jewelry wire using flush cutters. (Use the same color wire as the hoop earring to give a professional look – here I used copper wire for both hoop earrings and wire for wrapping). Straighten the wire of any kinks either by running them through a nylon jaw pliers.

Step 3: Make four tight coils of the 26 gauge wire around the hoop starting at the top (close to the ear wire), leaving a long end and a short tail about 1.2 inches long. Tug lightly at the long and short wires to make sure your coils are tight and even on the hoop.

 Step 4: Now slide one crystal bead on the long end of the wire and position it with your fingers to stay on the top of the hoop frame.
Step 5: Keeping the bead clasped with your fingers, use your other hand to wrap around the hoop three times, firmly and tightly. You can always reposition the bead if it has moved slightly.
Step 6: At the third wrap, slide another crystal bead on the 26 gauge wire, and repeat the wrapping three times around the hoop frame.
Step 7: Repeat the process, tightening each wrap after adding a bead by tugging lightly at the long wire.
Every now and then, run your fingers along the free wire to remove any bends or kinks that may have formed during the wrapping process.

(Tip: Always count wraps before adding beads to ensure you have wrapped three times each time. Move the wrapped beads gently using your fingers to space them evenly on the hoop.
Step 8: You may find the short wire tail sticking out at the beginning of the wire wrap getting in the way of continuing your wrapping process. At this time, you can snip off the short tail using flush cutters and tuck the ends into the coil (see the images below).


 Step 9: Continue the wrapping process adding one bead at a time, then three wraps and so on till you have covered the entire hoop frame and reached beginning of the hoop at the other side.  Now, make four final wraps to complete the bead wrapping, snip off excess wire using flush cutters and tuck in any sticking out wire ends.

Your wire wrapped earring is ready! Now make the other earring following the same steps to complete the pair. Make these in different colored beads and wires and try doing different sizes.
One completed wrapped hoop earring.
 I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know if you have any questions!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Tale of the Lariat Necklaces

A brushed drop pendant adds shine to this leaf lariat..
Two little hearts connected by a dainty chain..

A royal pair up to a little black dress..

Silver Leaf Lariat

A touch of boho red with royal gold..

Apple green and silver makes for a wonderful spring necklace

Spring-summer fun lariat
I love designing and wearing lariat necklaces to a party or event - the modern dangling chain style with pendant really pulls off a chic and trendy look and makes your neck look even prettier. Lariats are great for accessorizing with a summer dress or wedding wear. Even a simple top with a V neck or a tube top can set off the lariat style so gracefully...which design is your favorite among these?

Friday, February 8, 2013

Pretty Red Dresses

What fun to celebrate the day of love with a classic and trendy red dress! I browsed my fave online boutiques and found these scene stealers - which one is your favorite?

Red Dresses for Valentines Day - Images Courtesy: JCP, Free People, Anthropologie, Francesca's
Dresses Image/Shop Links:

A. American Living Empire-Waist Sheath Dress, $50 at JCPenney
B. FP ONE Catalina Maxi Dress, $198, at Free People
C. Angie Collared Dress, $158, at Anthropologie
D. Gather Round Hi-Lo Dress, $44, at Francesca's

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Going out on Valentines Day - Picks from Shop Ruche

I love Ruche. This Vintage Inspired Boutique has elegant affordable fashion for all occasions and events. Lace, Collars, Pastels, romantic, tribal and bohemian prints abound. I put together a look from Shop Ruche for going out wear this Valentines Day - its not all red and pink, but prints with some tribal thrown in. All images courtesy
Individual Item Description & Images:
A Graceful Sensibility Lace Clutch $44.99
B Vintage Rubies Bangle Set $12.99
C Albuquerque Belted Dress, $52.99
D Daisy Chain Earrings $12.99
E Cherie Floral Peep toe Heels $36.99

Strawberries, Champagne and Chocolates..

This February 14, I am planning to grab some yummy belgian chocolates, juicy strawberries and some frothy champagne to celebrate eight years of marriage with my wonderful husband..we might go to the SF city for a date night and then head home to watch a movie..and spend some wonderful time with my family of two - my husband and our pug.

Kulfi, our 4 yr old pug
I put together a Pinterest board (my recent addiction) with some great Valentine To-Dos and Must Haves that will make the day extra special! Let me know what you think..
Splurge this Valentines Day!

Did you know that candies, chocolates, discount gifts and diamonds are still hot and trending among shoppers this year? Interestingly, men are continuing to spend more than women which makes sense..most women expect something from their partners than vice versa.