Monday, December 15, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I may be a bit early in wishing you a Merry Christmas, but since I have been very slow in writing new posts and posting pictures lately, this may well be the last post before Christmas. So here's a Christmas post, including a pendant I'm sending to someone as a Christmas surprise! I'm pretty sure she's not expecting it :-)

Apart from making gifts, I've lately been working on a wholesale collection for a former colleague of mine. She’s a Weight Watchers leader (yes, I used to work there…) thinking of adding a simple line of jewellery to her product mix. I think it’s a brilliant idea, since WW often encourages the clients to indulge themselves in other things besides food.


I’m also working on something else that I hope I will be able to finalise after the New Year. More on that later!


I just have to add, I’m reading the latest Elizabeth George novel, Careless in Red. She is such a brilliant writer! I read too late into the night, just to see what will happen next.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I'll Have That with Extra Bling, Please

Just a quick post with a picture of a custom order ring in gold filled wire and lots of fresh water pearls, vermeil beads and Swarovski crystal beads.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Follow me on Twitter!


I've been less than great at updating the blog. I should set up goals for how often to post, I guess. Anyway, we are back from our trip to Greece (lovely!) and I'm getting used to the cold and the darkness, but only just...

I have joined Twitter, and it's actually fun! Feel free to follow me there, I post small comments on what I'm doing, and I'd love to hear from you :-) Talk to you there!

The above earrings were made in Greece. You can find them in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Twinkle Necklace - A Wire Artisan's Guild Monthly Challenge Piece

Here's the first picture of the necklace I created for the September WAG challenge: Milky way. A wave of litte stars across the dark winter sky...

We are going on vacation! Yay! We are going to Greece, which is lovely, since autumn is already here - much too soon for my taste. Hopefully we'll get the last feel of summer still.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

August Challenge Pieces from the Wire Artisans Guild

[Update: The pieces below will change, as new Challenges are finished.]

These are the challenge pieces from the August challenge theme, Africa. I always find it amazing how differently we get inspired by the same theme, and how everyone makes the theme their own.

I have also written a post about this at Poshtidbits:

Poshtidbits, sister site to PoshMama.com: Wire Artisans' Guild, an Etsy Street Team



Friday, September 5, 2008

Africa - Woven Hoop Earrings in Gold Filled - A Wire Artisans Guild Challenge Piece


Woven Creols, originally uploaded by SilverknutenLotta.

So I've gotten a bit behind with the posting. Doesn't anything interesting happen in my life?

Well, not very much jewellery has happened lately, but I hope it's turning around. I finished these earrings on Wednesday, and yesterday evening I finished a commissioned necklace (pictures here). I have a pair of earrings waiting for me at my workbench that I have been dreaming about for ages, I hope I will finish them tonight.

The earrings above were designed for the monthly Wire Artisans Guild challenge. This month's theme was Africa. When I think of Africa and jewellery, I think of gold. Long necks covered in stiff gold neckpieces, large gold ear hoops. Not having large amounts of gold at hand, I decided on the hoops :-) They are hand shaped and hammered, then woven with thin wire. You can find them in my shop.

I really like this design and will explore it in other materials, next in line is oxidised silver.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Treasury for the Wire Artisans' Guild

I made my first Treasury at Etsy!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Grapes - Emerald and Garnet Vermeil Earrings

This summer did *so* not turn out like planned. Illness in the family times two (nothing serious, but exhausting for all concerned), too much work, too little energy left for making jewellery. I finally sat down to just play with the beads, without the pressure of making something elaborate, and this is what came out of it.

Both garnet rondells and emerald brios have much more sparkle than I managed to capture in the picture, but I think the colours came out well. I will be posting these in my shop soon. I called them "Grapes" because the clustered garnets remind me of a bunch of red grapes - yum!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Back from holiday

Peacock showing off, originally uploaded by SilverknutenLotta.

We got back late last week from a ten day holiday trip to Finland. Our first stop on our way there was Stockholm, where we met this peacock at Skansen. I think he wanted to protect his territory, since he was walking around strutting his stuff all the time. Peacocks are really quite big, he scared the kids quite a bit.

Jewellery wise, I have not done much these last two weeks. I finished a pendant for the Under the Palms challenge for the Wire Artisans Guild, but I haven't been able to take a good picture yet - plus I need a nice looking chain to hang it from. I hope I'll have some time this week to finish some more of the challenge pieces, I'm really running behind.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Etsy front page!


I managed to get my Eternity Earrings on the front page of Etsy, thanks to fellow wire wrapper Natalia of Realisation Creations. I received quite a few views and hearts, I'm so thrilled! Thank you Natalia!

The sale in my Etsy shop continues until the 20th of June, after which I will be leaving for a well deserved break! I will be away from the 30th of June to the 11th of July.

Friday, May 30, 2008

SALE!

I've been creating like mad the last few nights. See, I want to join the Etsy Street Team "THE WIRE ARTISANS GUILD," but that means 80% of my Etsy inventory must be wire wrapped and wire coiled pieces. Thus the creative frenzy.

Not only that, I need to clear out older pieces to even the balance and that's why I'm having a SALE! 20-25% off selected pieces from older collections, you find them under the SALE section in my Etsy shop. The ones that aren't sold will be de-listed, so that I can meet the 80-20 ratio.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mermaid's Kiss Earrings


Mermaid's Kiss Earrings, originally uploaded by SilverknutenLotta.

I've been sorting through my bead stash lately, and finally got to making something with these gorgeous beads. Lush, glossy pink rhodochrosite drops and rondells look wonderful with the gold vermeil starfish beads and gold filled wire. I'm sorry I didn't buy more of the brios! They are so perfectly matched with the rondells.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Yay! I just ordered a new camera!

A couple of months back, my camera went up in smoke - literally! Since then, I have had a hard time taking decent pictures of my jewellery. But today, I ordered a new one! I really, really look forward to it! Not only for the jewellery, but for taking pictures of my family as well.

Now, here's a picture I managed to take: A silver bracelet with facetted crystal quartz nuggets, a Fair Trade Hill Tribe fish bead and Fair Trade fine silver hammered rings. I love this simple look!

Friday, April 11, 2008

My jewellery featured at What She Likes


Silverknuten, originally uploaded by dreamgalpictures.

My jewellery was recently featured, along with other Etsy sellers, by Freya at whatshelikes.blogspot.com. This is actually my first feature! Feels really good! You can read the whole post here. Do take a look at the comments, I have hidden a special offer there!

Starting out

Maybe it's about time I start blogging in English, I've been meaning to since forever. I'll start by posting some pictures of recent jewellery. Hopefully some of my online friends will find their way here and grace me with their comments!

Simple smoky quartz pendant.
I love how smooth and clear this bead is!