I´ve been spending my weekend struggling with my torch. Here´s some of the result. Some of it I won´t show :)
Monday, December 14, 2009
I´ve been spending my weekend struggling with my torch. Here´s some of the result. Some of it I won´t show :)
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
- a nice sketch book
- piles of magazines
- catalogues from various stores
- your head and heart
- pens to write and colour with
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
First wire piece since the end of April! I finally got time to make a tutorial I´ve been thinking of for a long time. And heres the necklace that came out of that. The tutorial will be listed in my Etsy shop this weekend or in the beginning of next week.
I named the necklace after my friend Anna who is getting married next Saturday. Anna is a classical pearl necklace with a swirly pendant. I think the bail suits it very well, it gives the necklace a bit of Art Nouveau feeling.
This is the kind of necklace that makes you feel very feminine. The whole pendant is made of 925 sterling silver wire and vintage pearls. All metal parts are sterling silver.
Size: adjustable necklace, 16-17.5"/40-44cm. Pendant measures 1"/2,5cm across.
The necklace is for sale and listed in my Etsy shop: www.suzyqjewelry.etsy.com
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I actually made it. My new webshop www.mioora.se launched today. You are all so very welcome to drop in and have a look. All opinions are welcome. I want to approave as much as I can.
And I definitely want to stock more designers. Arrrggghhh! The pain to order with my limited budget!!!! But hang on. Goodies are on it´s way. I will fill the shop with more necklaces, brooches and bracelets.
I´m so excited about this journey I´m on. Will be fun to see where it leads me. And I have listed a few simple pieces I´ve made too....
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I will sell mostly other peoples designs. I´m tired of the jewelry webshops that are around here. They are either glam-girl, low-price, crappy material shops. Or they are more arts & crafts like in a sence they are almost pornographic in their love of the material that is used. And they often praise the "Nordic light and Swedish simplicity" too much for my taste.
My shop will focus on a pure love of jewelry. I will sell jewelry in many categories: classical, fun, expensive, colorful, simple or intricate. The thing they will have in common is they are very easy to wear, they are made with a glimpse in the eye and they are feminine.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
One of my reasons are my kittens of course. They need a lot of attention being orfants. They´ve become very social and just adorable little kittycats with different personalities.
The only time they drive me mad is when all four of them are climbing my legs. IT HURTS!!!
The second reason for my absence is my plans to launch a webshop in Sweden. It takes a lot of work. I´ve realized I won´t be able to make the the timeconsuming style I´ve developed lately. No, if I find time to sit at the workbench (which I hope I will not the coming year - I so wan´t to quit my day job), I will have to make jewelry in a style more easily made. So look out for a new Suzy Q collection.
Eventually I will probably close my two Etsy shops. They are too associated with my wire technique. My new pieces will not fit there..
That´s why I have a huge sale this weekend with 50% off. True bargain prices for very intricate pieces. It feels a bit sad. Sort of the end of a period in my life. But I still have my skill and can start making this kind of jewelry whenever I want again... :)
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Now my grief has turned into joy. It´s such a bliss to be accepted by these kittens as their new caretaker. They really cling to me wanting the attention a cat mother gives. So I nurse them with a bottle, wash them with cotton pads (imitating a cat tounge) and trying to teach them to be good cats. It´s like I´m thrown back to the days when my boys where newborns.
Today we have a funeral for Leia. My boys decided we will eat roastbeef and print some copies on our printer - the things she loved most....:)
And the kittens have jedi knight names too of course: Ashooka, Eyla, Anakin (the one you see on the pic with half black, half white nose) and Yoda.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Normally I don´t like to just string my jewelry. Bores the /&%¤ out of me. But these I actually enjoyed making.
Sometimes I get an image in my head and can´t get rid of it until I create what I see. And it was just like that with this simple design.
I saw a plain row of smooth beads only interrupted by one single silver bead.
Eventually I had made 5 desings out of that idea. All different, but with the single "interruption" in common.
I´m lucky to have two shops, one with intricate designs with only precious materials and one with more simple designs, sometimes made of vintage plastic beads.
See more pictures in my shop: www.suzyqtrinkets.etsy.com
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I tried to work on a celtic inspired idea, but the meadow image kept popping up in my head. So here it is...
The original idea was to make a pearl chain. I have a strand of really beautiful spring green freshwater pearls. But somehow I felt this flat diamond cable chain suited the necklace better. Perhaps I will let the customer choose.
925 sterling silver and 999 fine silver chain, wire and findings. Peridot briolettes and a round smooth citrin bead. Oxidized and tumbled
Size: Chain measures 16". Pendant 1"x1.2"/2,5x3cm
See more pictures at www.suzyqjewelry.etsy.com
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
All these spring feelings have made me long for strong colours. And is it just me or is Etsy flooding with lovely jewelry in strong colours?
Browsing around today I found some favorites I just have to share.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I know Etsy is a big community, but I never thought I´d get that many hearts. I will celebrate by browsing aroung Etsy hearting other sellers. I want more people to feel like this :).
Let´s make this a "hearting" day!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
This is a commission order where the customers bought all the material. It was a challenge, but fun.
It was a long time since I made any of these bangles. It´s based on a tutorial by Eni Oken, a wonderful american jewelry designer.
The colour combination chosen by the customer is wonderful, beautiful rhodocrosite and rhodonite beads with blood red garnet. They mix so well with the oxidized silver.
Now I only have a few commission orders left. Then I´m going to list new pieces in my shop.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Of course I feel blessed when having special orders. But my sketches are piling up and I feel I have a lot of creativity that needs to erupt soon.
Beware for new designs at the end of March :)
Saturday, February 28, 2009
First I had the intention to make the swirls a bit differently. But I couldn´t manage to get the wires to fit into these tiny drop shapes. So I used a very familiar design in the end.
I´m pleased though. They look so fabulous on and I´m proud to have achived this even though they are so small. The drop are no more than 0.66"!
I named them White Lily due to their innocent appearance. Actually my name, Susanna, is hebrew for white lily. At least I´ve been told so... :)
925 sterling silver and 999 fine silver wire and findings. Oxidized and tumbled to a nice shine. Freshwater pearls and rock crystal rondelles.
1.77"/4,5cm including earwires. The focal part is less than 1"!
I´m thinking about opening a jewelry store in Sweden and need a great name. I´ve browsed the web and found a bunch of things to consider when picking a name.
Here are some of the ideas I´ve found useful.
- Get an “umbrella” name. If you are going to sell jewelry, don´t have a name with jewelry in it. What if you want to start selling scarves too? (That means my current name sucks :)) The name should still work if you want to expand.
- Search the web to see if the company name is free as a domain address.
- The name doesn´t have to have a meaning. You can always fill it with meaning with an underline, that you can drop when your name is established. That means nonsense names are OK.
- Short names, and names with hard sounds are remembered more easily. Google, Kodak, Plurk are great examples.
- Make sure your company name is easy to spell.
- Brainstorm to find your name. Start with what you want your name to be associated with. Mix letters and give the words new endings like –ax, -ex, -or, -er, -ac, -oc.
Still can´t find a name? Try Breadline Design Naming Machine! :)
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Last night it fell another 4" of snow so the winter keeps holding a tight grip of Sweden. My kids love it though. The snow castles they´ve built in the garden are amazing. But yet, my cat and I agree upon one thing - it´s enough now. Let the spring arrive!
Well, back to the necklace, I´ve tried to wove all that longing for warmer days into this pendant.
It´s a medallion like pendant with a beautiful butterfly, surrounded by a swirly pattern set with spring colours. The pendant is very light weighted though it gives a dense expression. It looks gorgeous togheter with anything purple. And I guess a plain white shirt will go nice with it too.
I had many thoughts of adding more tiny pearls and beads to the chain, but I decided to keep it plain, not to loose the medallion feeling.
Do you agree with me on that decision?
Material:925 sterling silver, oxidized and tumbled to a nice shine. 925 sterling silver butterfly charm from Bali. Pink amethyst, peridot and white freshwater pearls.
Size:Pendant 1.2"/3cm, 1.6"/4cm including the bail. Chain is 16"/40cm
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Vad har hänt med www.suzyq.se?
Min svenska hemsida har upphört tillfälligt. Det webbhotell jag har stödjer inte FrontPage längre, så från och med nu måste jag hitta en annan lösning.
Och jag jobbar på en kombinerad hemsida/webshop på svenska. Med andra ord kommer det att bli möjligt att köpa mina smycken där också. Och kanske även andras...
Preliminärt kommer den nya sidan att vara klar i maj. Fram till dess kommer du alltså att hamna här i min engelska blogg när du knappar in http://www.suzyq.se/.
Ärligt talat har den uppdaterats dåligt :)... Men jag vet att den är omtyckt och fortfarande har mycket besök. Jag tänker så det knakar...
Jag kan fortfarande kontaktas på info (snabela) suzyq.se.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
"The Côte d'Azur is one of the first resort areas in the world. It began as a health resort for ailing British tourists at the end of the 18th century.
With the arrival of the railroad in the mid-19th century, it became the playground and vacation spot of British, Russian, and other aristocrats, such as Queen Victoria and King Edward VII, when he was Prince of Wales."
Imagine all the beautiful clothes and jewelry women brought with them to wear at their walks at the beaches during those eras!! And the French Riviera have continued to attract the rich and beautiful. Just look at the Cannes Festival. A parade of beautiful clothes and jewelry.
With this pair of earrings I tried to make something small and dense - like some 19th century earrings. And the dangling part are no more than 1".
I can easily imagine a beautiful woman wearing these, sun tanned, with bare shoulders sipping a colorful drink. Perhaps a
925 sterling silver and 999 fine silver wire and findings. Oxidized, handpolished and tumbled. Beautiful sea blue apatite and fresh green peridot.
1.57"/4cm including ball post, the dangling part is 1"/2,5cm high and 0.70"/1,8cm wide
Visit my shop for more pictures: www.suzyqjewelry.etsy.com
My husband surprised me with some hidden gifts. He´s off with the kids skiing, but he had hidden his gifts under my pillow. So sweet of him!!
I´m having a ♥:♥:♥ VALENTINE SPECIAL ♥:♥:♥ in my shop too. Some of my favorites has been put down 50%. So treat yourself!
♥:♥:♥ Love to you all! ♥:♥:♥
Link to my shop: www.suzyqjewelry.etsy.com
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I can see from my figures I´ve been having an average 100 visitors a day to my http://www.suzyqjewelry.etsy.com/ shop. And during this month a total of 2780 visits. I have nothing to relate to, but it feels like a good enough number for me.
My bounce-rate (the number of visitors who just visited the front page of my shop) are 40%. Same thing here, don´t know if the figure is good or bad.
The best part of the statistics is to see referring sites. A great way to note if a marketing or social networking effort paid of in visits. Hardly surprising Flickr and my Swedish web page are the major sources for my visitors.
The visitors I have almost covers the world map when I look where their IP addresses are registered, apart from the west of South America, Africa except South Africa and Zambia and most parts of the Arabic world. The biggest source are USA and of course Sweden.
Share your figures if you want to! I´d love to see which countries you attract to your webpage, let it be a blog, Etsy shop or ordinary home page.
I´m still amused by my only visitor from Zambia...:)
Monday, February 9, 2009
The movie Stardust begins and ends with the beautiful Lady Una living in the magical world of Fairie. Lady Una is kept as a slave for Madame Semele. She gives birth to the main character, Tristan, but has to leave him to his father who lives in "the real world". Lady Una is very much a charachter in the background, but the end of the movie reveals her well kept secret.
The colours of Lady Unas teal dress and the yellow/red carriage of Madame Semele (Ditchwater Sal) inspired me to make this bangle.
I loved the movie. It was so full of both beautiful scenes and humour and of course all the elements to make it a wonderful feel good story. Don´t miss Robert de Niro playing the tough captain with a little secret hidden in the closet....
The bangle and focal, together form a clasp. One of the images show to open and close the bangle. The trick is to angle the focal. I managed to do it myself with one hand...But you can always ask someone else to help you with this...
Material:925 sterling silver and 999 fine silver wire and findings. Alex topaz briolettes (heat treated), ruby leaves and rondelles, citrine briolette and smooth rondelles and white cultured white fresh water pearls. Oxidized and tumbled to a nice shine.
Size:The bangle fits an arm between 6"-7"/15-17cm. It moves around a bit on a smaller arm.
Be sure to visit the grand re-opening of The Wire Artisan Guild Etsy team store on Valentines day: http://www.wireartisansguild.etsy.com/