It's Fall Time!

>> Thursday, November 4, 2010

Copper Falls Set by Lagaz Designs

"Copper Falls Set" by Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir) November 2010

An elegant jewelry set, with a textural design quality to remind you of the colors of Autumn. Beautiful sterling silver, set off with flashes of warm copper, sprinkling of olive beads, the sparkle of Swarovski crystal, a mixture of Czech fire-polished glass beads, and a hint of Hill Tribe Gold-filled seed beads.

I love the colors of Autumn. The golds, browns, muted greens and coppers. Beautiful! Always an inspiration for an earthy, sultry color palette.

Artbeads.com is hosting another Design Partners Gallery on Facebook. The theme is....you guessed it, "Colors of Fall"!

This particular jewelry set was used as a silent auction gift at a benefit fundraiser social event for my friends daughter, Alicia. She has Goodpasture's Syndrome, which affects the kidneys and lungs. The event was a huge success and the family is so happy with all the wonderful, generous people out there.

I love working with sterling silver, as many people know. But I wanted to warm it up, and bring the lovely fall colors into my creations. With the help of Artbeads.com I was able to do that.

For the pendant, I used a Sterling Silver Kite-shaped link for the frame. The frame was not bulky, and was an excellent size to use as a pendant. The weld to close the link was strong, and smooth, no large unsightly lumps at all. I was going to use the two others I had recieved to make earrings, but had decided that it would be too big, and would be too "busy" looking for the effect I wanted. Definitely will be making a purchase for these again in the future, as these little frames save me some time in making my own frames for pendants.

When I think of Fall, I think of all the colors associated with it, but mostly I think of all the texture that it brings. The crinkling of the leaves, the roughness of the tree bark, the twisty branches reaching towards the sky. I wanted my pieces to have a textural quality to them. So I mixed up a little bit of everything with these pieces.

Inside the pendant frame, the bracelet frame and the earrings, I created a wonderful textural landscape. Using different sized beads, and tiny coils of copper wire, for that little bit of flash & warmth, these pieces just breathe "Fall". Some of the beads I used were the TOHO Round Silver Lined Seed Beads in Olivine, Swarovski 4mm Faceted Roundelles in Crystal Golden Shadow, and Czech Glass Fire-Polished Roundelles in Turquoise with Picasso Mix.

I have never used the TOHO Seed beads before. I am quite impressed with them. I like the silver lining that these particular ones had, and they were all of a uniform size. Sometimes, in other seed beads, you get the weird sized bead, and it throws off your design? These are so consistent, you don't have to worry about that. Which I like!

I love Swarovski. I cannot say enough good things about it. They are perfect for that sprakling brilliance you would want in your design. I just love sparkly. 'Nuff said.

Everytime I use the Czech Glass fire-polished beads, I just fall in love with them more. So many color combinations, and such a high quality bead, there is no way you could go wrong with them. These are fast becoming my favorite glass beads to use.

I love this set, it has such elegant lines. I hope whoever won them in the silent auction will enjoy them!

Disclaimer: I have received these products free of charge from ArtBeads.com, and I am using these products in my creations to review for this company. I have not been paid to do these reviews or to recieve these products from Artbeads.com.

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Summertime with ArtBeads.com!!

>> Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Summertime! The beautiful hot days of Summer are here, thank goodness! And I hope it stays for a loooong while. I love summer! The colors of the flowers, the blue skies, the turquoise waters, the soothing white sands, I love all the color that summer brings. This is the time of year that we can all get out and enjoy the bright sunshine, which makes everyone happier!

This summer, ArtBeads.com gave us the theme of 'Summertime' for our design challenge. This I could not pass up! Using the gorgeous Glass Beads from ArtBeads.com, I created this wonderful summer bangle.

The Blue, Brown with Green Dichroic Kalera focal bead is absolutely gorgeous! It has all the colors that I associate with this beautiful season. Blues, for the clear skies; Greens, for the leaves of the trees & grass; Browns, for the darkness of the woods; Beige & White, for the hot beach sands, and a hint of Yellow, for the warm sun.

Copper Sea Bangle by Lagaz Designs

"Copper Sea Bangle" by Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir) June 2010
Blue Green dichroic focal bead surrounded by dark wood beads, a light webbing of
copper weaves through the beautiful Czech Glass beads, and tiny seed freshwater
pearls.
The way the wood beads bring out the streaks of brown, really make the blues POP! The focal is made very well, and I really appreciate the quality of this bead. No cracks, no muting of colors, it is a very high grade artisan lampwork bead.

I wanted this bangle to be very light and airy, to serve as a contrast for the substantial lampwork bead. So I wove these tiny glass beads, and seed freshwater pearls into the netting with copper wire. These glass beads were a surprise for me! I didn't expect them to be so beautiful! I used the 3x5mm Crystal Picasso Roundelle strand, which reminded me so much of faceted Amber or Citrine roundelles. Also, I used the 5x4 Green/Brown Roundelle strand, which were the color of Jade. I am so impressed with these beads, I will definitely be getting more of these to use in my designs.

Copper Sea Bangle by Lagaz Designs
I've got more products from ArtBeads.com to try out still. I think I'm going to make a pendant with a Cherry theme!

Disclaimer: I have received these products free of charge from ArtBeads.com, and I am using these products in my creations to review for this company. I have not been paid to do these reviews or to recieve these products from Artbeads.com.

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Paisley Pearl & Labradorite Pendant

>> Sunday, March 7, 2010




For my sister-in-law; Michelle. Hope you like it :)

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Silver and Glass: ArtBeads.com

>> Friday, March 5, 2010

So for about two days now, I have been trying to make a post about some of my stuff, and do you think I could do it? Noooo. I got a virus. Twice! And my brother-in-law had a heck of a time getting it off. The second time I did it myself, but I didn't finish until late. Blargh! I hope it doesn't show up again *crosses fingers* Well, without further ado...

A little while ago, I got some product from ArtBeads.com. Man, I love that place!! December was their Silver and Glass month, and this was an opportunity for me to get some more items that I have been wanting to try.

I don't use a lot of glass in my designs (however, that may change after looking at some of these gorgeous Lampwork beads!), but I use sterling silver all the time. I have always wanted to use Ball head pins, and the Bali head pins. I think that they give a lovely decorated look to a lot of designs, without being over done.

Recently I made a wonderful charm necklace; these seem to be all the rage lately. I really like this look. You can add or subtract the charms depending on your mood. So I have made a number of charms on my necklace, using some of the products that I have received. Charm necklaces are a good way to use up some of those lonely beads that you have in your stash, or you want to try some color combinations on a small scale. A gorgeous eclectic look!

A Charm Necklace by Lagaz Designs

"A Charm Necklace" by Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir) March 2010
Charms(Left to Right): Lemon Quartz Briolette, Bali Round/Swarovski Indicolite bicone, Freshwater Pearl/Clear Quartz Oval barrel bead, Turquoise & Wood Handmade Key, Rough faceted Citrine briolette, Swarovski Olivine Ring/Clear Quartz faceted flat oval, Turquoise/Olive ceramic bead, Hollow Bali Pendant, and Prehnite Roundelle. All components are sterling silver.
In my charms, I've mainly used the Bali Head pins, which gives a finished look to them. In the Prehnite charm, and the Bali Ball/Swarovski charm, I just used the Ball head pins. These headpins are of a very nice quality. The Bali pins have a slight oxidization, which gives their Old World appeal, while the Ball head pins are a nice bright silver. I recommend going to the Sterling Silver Head/Eye pin section and check out the different pins to use in your designs. Beautiful stuff!

A Charm Necklace - Key
Another piece of my necklace, which was the easiest to do, since I didn't have to anything to it at all, was the Hollow Bali Pendant with Intricate design. Now, I know that the website puts the sizes of their products up, but you never really know until you actually see it. Well, this was smaller than I expected. I was hoping it was a little bigger, so that it could be a stand alone pendant. Despite it being small, it's still a gorgeous thing to look at. And it fits within my charm necklace just fine. So it all worked out. It also has that slight oxidization that the Bali beads are known for, perfect for highlighting the complex designs.

A Charm Necklace - Hollow Bali Pendant and Swarovski Olivine Ring
Little bit more! *whew* Nothing like having to do it all in one post! LOL!

I love anything Swarovski. The shiner, sparklier the better. Generally. :) For one of the charms, I used one of the Swarovski 12.5mm Ring in Olivine, that I had received from before. Now this isn't your typical over the top Swarovski bead. This is simpler, yet whimsical design. I can't help but think of Lifesavers candy, when I look at these. Aren't they fun? I wanted to echo the circle shape, and the color combination that I had with my ceramic bead. This had fit the bill. Definitely check the other Swarovski Ring beads for a fun design, especially since Spring is in the air!

I have more components to do reviews on, but I have to make something from them first! Keep an eye out in the next little while, I'm going to host a giveaway for Spring!

Disclaimer: I have received these products free of charge from ArtBeads.com, and I am using these products in my creations to review for this company. I have not been paid to do these reviews or to recieve these products from Artbeads.com.

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New Amethyst ring!

>> Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Amethyst Weave Ring by Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir)Hey y'all! I just wanted to post some pictures of my new Amethyst Weave ring that I had recently made. It's for my friend John's wife, for her birthday. Nice birthday present eh?
However I ran into a problem, it was not big enough. Hmmm, I measured everything to her size, I'm just wondering why it's not dead on. I think I may have pulled the weaving too tight. That's the only thing that I can think of, that would alter the sizing, even though I had measured everything. I was able to save this setting for another stone, and now I am making another setting for her.
That's the only problem with wirework. If it's too big, I can add wire, but if it's too small, I have to remake it. Oh well. Live and learn :)

Here's some pictures to look at. (I really need to get a proper photo setup to take these pictures!)
Amethyst Weave Ring by Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir)
Amethyst Weave Ring by Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir)
Amethyst Weave Ring by Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir)

"Amethyst Weave Ring" by Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir).

A juicy cushion checkerboard cut Amethyst stone, nestled securely within sterling silver looping prongs. Delicate weaving surrounds the ring shank, and the base of the gemstone. Tiny Hill Tribe beads add some extra sparkle.

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Inchie Pendants

>> Thursday, January 7, 2010

Inchie Pendants by Lagaz Designs My first post of the New Year! WOW! Happy 2010 everyone :)

I wanted to show off my Inchie Pendants that I have made for a Pendant Swap on illustratedATCs.com. I was trying to figure out how to incorporate my artwork into a pendant without having to go the route of putting it on scrabble tiles or dominoes. I wanted something different, something that was more ME!

That's when I thought of making little frames and stitching inchies to them. Initially, I was going to cover the completed inchie in tape or some sort of lamination, but I decided on using a dimensional gloss over top of it. Doing so, made the artwork look like glass tiles! Awesome!

Each pendant is constructed of handmade sterling silver frames, and the artwork is stitched with fine gauge sterling silver wire. Dimensional glaze is coated on both sides to give a glass-like look, while protecting the miniature artwork. The pendants have some added danglies for some more bling, in the form of Stardust beads, Swarovski Crystals, Cubic Zirconia headpins and some Citrine Rounds.

I'll be sad to see these little guys go, but I will definitely be making some more! Enjoy!

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