I love reading creative people’s blogs. It’s a lot of fun to see other crafters at work, get a glimpse of their studios, or read about the other goings-on in their lives. One blog I recently came across announced a 100 Day Challenge. Her plan was to create a new item every day (she was a knitter or crocheter) using only materials she already had on hand. I thought about the rather extensive stash in my studio, and how I could do the same. It is a great project for me: I am like a magpie in my obsession for collecting shiny things, and while I sometimes have a project in mind when I buy beads, I don’t always. I have plenty of strands & parts that I love but don’t have a plan for. It’ll be a great opportunity to revisit some favourites that haven’t gotten the love they deserve.
The plan is this: Each day, I will make something. It might be a necklace, earrings, a hair accessory, anything that moves me that day. I’ll take a picture, and while they may not be the best photos, they’ll get the idea across. I’ll do proper photos when time and weather allows. I’ll also tell a story about the item, the components, and why I’ve been hanging onto them for so long.
My first day’s project is a familiar one: a full set of the Vintage by Drakestail single-strand jewellery, in black. I started here for a reason – I’ll be donating it as an auction prize for the Beads For Wishes event on March 4th. It will be a great event, and it’s for a worthy cause, the Children’s Wish Foundation. I have these Swarovski pearls and stardust beads on hand for Vintage orders, and they’re a recent part of my stash.
Ahh, Valentine’s Day. The romance, the flowers, the chocolate… the jewellery! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re having a great bonus for you, our lovely fans! Make a purchase of $50 or more, and receive a FREE pair of Swarovski pearl earrings in lustrous Light Gold.
Which dear Valentine would you give these earrings to? Or would you keep them as a Valentine’s treat for yourself?
We are extremely proud of our Vintage by Drakestail line. Our first design set includes the crystal-based Swarovski pearls, and our signature stardust bead in sterling silver. The clasp and hardware are all quality silver filled parts.
What does “silver filled” mean?
You may be asking, what does silver filled mean? You’re probably familiar with the term “sterling silver” and the .925 stamp that usually accompanies it. The .925 represents the purity of the metal: 925/1000 parts pure silver, and 75/1000 other metals. You are also likely familiar with jewellery that is silver-plated, which has a thin layer of silver layered over another metal. Silver filled jewellery is a happy medium between the two. Instead of a thin surface layer of silver, silver filled materials have a much thicker layer that won’t wear away under regular use. The thick layer makes the metal non-allergenic as well.
Silver filled materials are relatively new to the market, though gold filled materials have been available for years. Silver filled jewellery has the benefit of the gorgeous shine of silver, but at a fraction of the cost. Sterling silver has become quite expensive and silver filled jewellery provides great value for a high-quality product. With the cost of silver still on the rise, this new form of jewellery components will likely grow in popularity.
We’d love to hear your experience with this great new material. Have you purchased silver filled jewellery before? If so, how has your experience been?
Well from September 26th to October 13th, I lived my life as a travelling jewellery maker. I left Edmonton early on a Thursday morning to head to Winnipeg and prepare the launch of our Vintage by Drakestail Jewellery line at The Foxy Shoppe. I met some fantastic new friends, we got a large list of custom orders and the new line was very well received. I had the opportunity to work with Dano Tanaka Illustrator on our catalogue pictures for the new line. Once again, he made our pieces look amazing! All in all I can’t complain one bit about that trip.
After that I made my way to Ottawa for 13 days of vacation. I enjoyed a wonderful family dinner for my Mom’s 60th birthday, visited our cabin by the lake, spent lots of time with friends, spent lots of time with Robyn talking about the future of our company and where we want to take things.
I also really enjoyed taking in the views. There is nothing quite like the Fall season in the Gatineau Hills around Ottawa. It’s breathtaking, and also inspirational to this jewellery designer. I expect lots of Fall colour inspired pieces in my future.
I’ve been home now for almost 2 weeks and I have to say it’s still challenging to get back into a groove with work, volunteer projects and Drakestail. I always seem to have so much on the go. All in all, my trip inspired a lot of thoughts about my future, it nurtured the gypsy in my soul and although I had to fight my cat to reclaim my little work station, it’s great to be home again.