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New Necklaces and Ring Assortments

Hello Followers!

Once again, I’d like to thank you guys for checking up to see the newest and latest coming out of the Pretty Poet Ink workshop. As of late, I’ve been crunching on making new pieces for both the online store and my upcoming flea November 11th at Artists & Fleas in Brooklyn! I’d really like for you guys to spread the word and show your faces because you’ll finally get to see everything that I have to offer in person. I’ll even let you try some stuff on! =D

Anyway, I’ve been working on several new necklaces and assortment of rings. And as always, I’ve got the photos to prove it:

So what we’ve got here is a multi-strand necklace made with the rope chain from two entries back that I said I would re-use. The colors are as you can see a chocolate brown, ecru and teal. 

Then we’ve got this necklace I’ve named “Bejeweled” It reminds me of the game with all the color glass gems I worked together and the giant topaz pendant!

This is a piece I’m proud of. After months (maybe a year even?) of not making wire wrapped rings, I came up with this when the adhesive approach failed me.
And I liked it so much that I did it again with this flower focal!

I finally made use of my smaller cabochons by adhering them to these cool filigree pieces in antique silver

antique copper
and antique brass! 

Now these earrings came about through a chance happening really. I had an initial design in mind when one of the parts fell on top of each other and looked like this. I I liked this look much better and voila! It was born. 
And finally, I added two new pairs of earrings to my crystal floral earrings. There was Acquaria (sold), Inviera (Red) and Lavender (Purple). Now we have Arboria (Green) and Flora (Pink).
Stay tuned, as I have another entry coming up on a few new pieces, many of which are steam-punk inspired.
And I will be trying my absolute bestest to have all these items up on the site this week. Hopefully they should be ALL up by Saturday (Oct 27th) morning.   
Love
-Alja
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New Pieces @ The Workshop

Hello Darling PPI Followers! 
As of late there have been some developments that I’d like to get into. First and foremost, I would like to apologize once again for my tardy blogposts. I’ve been working hard towards finding work, among other things and I haven’t had time to document the progress of PPI. Well, here it is: 
We’re moving slowly. =( 
This past summer has been a bust. With several vending opportunities going south, and my time becoming increasingly consumed with stress from various directions, I didn’t think that I’d actually get back into creating but LO! I got a request from a friend for an order of waist beads. Now, while I normally don’t do waist beads, I’m not completely ignorant of them. For those of you that may not know the history:
Waist beads are an age old African tradition and are worn for vast reasons and purposes to celebrate femininity, healing, spirituality, power, balancing, attracting and keeping a mate, rites of passage, rejuvenation, initiations, first menses, energy, and body shaping. African women have traditionally worn waist beads beneath their clothing placed beneath the belly button and can be single or multiple strands.  Other cultures proudly display the beads over their clothes or on bare midriffs. The art of adorning ones self has been practiced since the beginning of time. Today waist beads are alive and well in the United States, where they are worn as a form of self expression and style, but can still have any significance the wearer chooses.  
So with that being said, I was excited for the challenge to make these waist beads. My finished product is the picture below of the waist beads quadrupled up so you can see the different colors and patterns. 
my first attempt at waist beads
Was it time consuming? Sorta-kinda. Seed beads are NOT the best materials to work with in a small working space if you don’t have a bead spinner. And during the assembly, the beads slipped and fell off about 20% of the wire…which set me back because I had to find as many of the beads as possible AND put them back on. But at the end of it all, I was pleased with it, as was the woman (whose birthday is today) requested. As it was my first time ever making it, I learned from my trials and tribs how to go about making it for another person. First off, these will be custom pieces by request only. I may make swatches to give an idea of color combos and I’ll give in-depth info about them as no two people want them for the same reason. 

double strand purple, yellow & gold glass seed bead waist beads 

BUT YES – aside from the waist beads, I haven’t made many new pieces. Last night, however, I made a break through and finally went through my “to-do” box (yes, I have a to-do box filled with bagged beads) and got some projects done.

new pieces!

Dissecting this batch of new accessories (some of which I created last night, others, I’ve just never mentioned before), I’m going to start with this little doo-hickey. It’s a bracelet made of antiqued copper chain and a really cool toggle I bought ages ago.

Initially I was going to make it into a lariat type necklace, but then decided against it and layered it up for this cool (and moderately heavy) bracelet.  Next up is this pretty bright blue bracelet I made with swarovski crystals and swarovski crystal elements. 

pretty pearly sparkly bracelet
It took me a while to come to this as the original design looked NOTHING like this, but that coin pearls and sparkly crystals make this aquarian piece really…shiny. =]

Moving back to the dark antique-ness of copper, we’ve got a necklace that was intended for the chain of the bracelet in the first photo made with this really cool textured chain. You can’t tell but the chain itself looks like rope and then the toggle has all these nice swirly filigree on it, so I thought it looks great. The toggle doubles as the pendant so BOOM! 

Then there’s this piece…
So this necklace initially started out as a three strand piece with alternating strands featuring semi-precious chips. After much deliberating, I decided to make it ten times simpler. And I like it this way. 
necklace featuring quartz, flourite, adventurine, prehnite and labradorite chips
With the pieces that I used in the original necklace, I’ve decided to work that into a bracelet, which I haven’t completed. These babies below, are the earrings to a similar necklace that I made and is posted here

I’ve also finally finished up a couple of those mixed medium necklaces. You would think that making them would be easy…but it’s not. Depending on what size chains are used, it can be a bit difficult to work with, but I got a handle on it and came up with these two. I’ve got one more to complete and two more to design (featuring multiple colors).

mixed medium: gold, pink and red

mixed medium: gold, green and lime
I’ve also got this Steampunk-esque necklace to complete

the necklace features glass beads, antique copper cage & spiral beads, and gear pendants =) 
Finally, I’ve come to the newest pieces: RINGS! I’m trying to get back on my ring game, cause well, people like rings. The first completed ring I’ve made is this felt red rose, the first of my Alice in Wonderland inspired felt jewelry collection.

The next ring was this gold bow. Who doesn’t love bows? lol

And that’s about it for now! I will be doing a giveaway and an auction on ebay very soon, so please stay tuned, as I will be releasing the details for both in a couple weeks. I’m also going to be working more with colors and producing new necklaces AND finally hair accessories, 
so you don’t want to miss it! 
love, 
-Alja

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New Pieces!!

Been gone, but I’m back and with new pieces none the less!! Check ’em out:

So as you can see, I kinda got to work, making 4 new pairs of earrings and refashioned button ring

Bow Tie Earrings – studs at that!

Stardust earrings. I was originally going to combine them with the earrings below, but liked them so much by itself, that I left it that way.

Wire Bomb Earrings lol

Gated Earrings

Vintage Button Ring
see anything you like? =D
I got quite a few things to put up to the site, so please bear with me. I’m also moving over items over to Etsy throughout this week, so if things start missing, you know why. lol. 

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Revise, Revise, Revise!

It’s seems like my jewelry these days (much like my writing) is going under some revision. While I do enjoy looking at the creations of my original imaginative design, sometimes they (like everything in the world) needs a little tweeking. Remember this:

This picture is of my necklace ‘mixed medium’ and a tentative lariat, ‘Stardust.’ I mulled it over a lot this weekend and thought that I didn’t want want make a lariat after all. So I’ve created this instead:

I took the original design and turned it into a stretchy bracelet made of metal. It’s slightly reminiscent of something Betsy Johnson would’ve done (with huge baubles and pendants) but it’s all my own. In addition to that, I’ve found use for black beads that I had and make an all-black cluster ring. I’ve also altered another pair of earrings and have since simplified them as well as started working on a pair of new earrings.