Posted in Giveaway, Heartbeat Necklace, pretty poet ink, wire

Pretty Poet Ink New Years Eve Giveaway!

Hello Darlings! 
I thought it was time I finally made good on my talk and did a giveaway to not only end the year right, but start the year with new subscribers & followers as NEW items will be coming in as of 01/01/13! 
I will be giving one of my handmade wire sculpted heartbeat pendant necklaces in either gold or silver plated: 

Now here’s the bonus – if Pretty Poet Ink gets at least 100 followers by Christmas Eve, I’ll give away one necklace, but if Pretty Poet INK gets at least 150 followers by New Years Eve, I’ll give away both one-of-a-kind pieces! 
How to Enter: 
Go to the Raffle Copter Giveaway Site to enter your info
(1) Like the Pretty Poet Ink Facebook Page HERE
(2) Follow Pretty Poet INK on Twitter @PrettyPoetINK
(3) Tweet about the giveaway
And that’s it!

You can tweet & comment as many times as you like and remember the more likes, the more chances of getting one of both necklaces!

Let the games begin and let the odds be ever in your favor!

#PPI #PrettyPoetINK #PPIGIVEAWAY #PPIHBN #HeartBeat #HBN

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Posted in bracelet, brooch, charms, colored, custom-made, earrings, handmade, Jewelry, metal, necklace, pearls, steampunk, wedding

New News From The PPI Workshop

…And we’re back! 
First and foremost I would like to thank all of you guys out there who have supported Pretty Poet Ink even if it’s through liking the page, reading & commenting on the blog, and [most importantly] buying the products. The turn-out at the flea market was not as successful as one may have hoped, however, we got the word out there and the interest in the website has gone up which is always great. Just remember to keep spreading the word!! Referring the brand is always free. 

Any how, I thought I’d share with you guys the handmade packaging that I created for the flea market! 
Of course it was tiresome cutting out all the cards, especially for the earrings (as they’re about 100 of them). However, it looks cute, has all the info and I’ve decided that all my online orders will come in this packaging now. 
I also created a few last minute pieces for the flea including these inverse earrings I’ve named Elisabeta & Mina after the two characters Winona Ryder played in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Considering she was the reincarnation of one, I figured it fit. 
This little darling here (seen as the top) are earrings I also made last minute to match my Crystal Gears steam punk necklace from the previous post.
In continuing with my Steam Punk kick, I revamped this necklace and gave it a simpler look. I’m MUCH happier with the look!
Then, I decided that I liked the Crystal Gears necklace & earrings so much, that I’d make several more in different colors like green,
pink/purple
and beige/brown, all with accompanying earrings. 
ALSO I’ve completed the Mixed Medium family with its two multi-color pieces 
and the pieces above are all up for grabs at the website! I will be making further color combinations of the Mixed Medium and will even take requests! Just message me on the facebook page and lemme know!
I’ve also decided to bring back an old one – my God Bless the Queen Bracelet is back, modified with new charms & embellishments. 
And last but not least….
MY BIG CUSTOM ORDER!! 

So I don’t know if I’ve mentioned to you before, but I love wedding pieces and will [hopefully] be venturing off into the world of wedding accessories like veils, combs, clips and of course jewelry! A friend of mine is getting married and told her I’d definitely make something for her wedding. Well, she took the offer and this is what I’ve been cooking up: ecru/ivory pearls with gold-glitter velvety ribbon and a beautiful gold-tone rhinestone brooch. 
Once the piece is complete, I’ll show it to you, and if you’ve got an idea for a custom piece and would love to have it made by moi, you know all you have to do is ask! 
That’s it for now. 
-Alja
Posted in artist and fleas, handmade jewelry, Jewelry, pretty poet ink, sale

FLEA MARKET!!

Pretty Poet INK will be at the Artists and Fleas Flea Market this Sunday November 11th. 

All items you’ve seen on this blog (well, all completed items anyway) will be up for grabs, so get your wallets ready! =) 
Don’t think you can make it? Well, spread the word, share the love and help our small business grow!!

If you see something you like on the facebook page, or this blog but don’t see it online? Don’t be afraid to request it and I’ll put it up on the website for you until Saturday night 11:59 EST. 
Mucho amor,
-Alja
Posted in bracelets, chain necklace, clock parts, earrings, gears, handmade jewelry, metal charms, necklaces, semi-precious bracelet, steampunk earrings, steampunk jewelry, thunder polish

Steam-punk, Mixed Metals and More!

STEAM-PUNK!! 
It’s such an interesting genre of jewelry design and genre period! It’s a fusion of the old world in a futuristic setting filled with machinery that’s been broken down and reassembled. In my attempt to tap into the corners of my mind and play with steam punk, I pulled the following pieces out of my head and on to my workshop table! 
The first: 
a steam-punk necklace that I’ve called “Apocalypse” It features gear parts, clock parts, Elizabethan coins, crosses and a clock face as its center of focus. All of course in antiqued metal colors with a splash of color from some thunder polish beads. 
Another Steam-punk-esque necklace that features a heart-shaped clock face, some cage beads, foil glass beads and gears. This piece was featured in a previous post* and is finally completed. 

A more simple yet elegant steam-punk necklace that’s all about the gears, I really like this piece. And it features a couple swarovski crystals to give it a bit of shine. 

And of course, earrings!!! 

Now, I don’t know if these would be considered “Steam-punk” but these earrings I really like. Long hanging copper birds with a touch of color at the top

and a solitary black bird is the focal piece of this short lariat-inspired necklace. I believe I named it
“Night Wing.” 

Next we move on to my semi-precious earrings…

and a semiprecious bracelet that I made with men in mind.
Though I’m not sure if guys would like it =\ 

And last, but not least….
More Mixed Mediums!!

Here’s the Blue/Black/Silver combination I had to tweak, in addition to…a sneak peak at

Two new FABULOUS color combinations!! 

On the left we’ve got a combo of Pink/Red/Purple/Blue & Gold
and on the right Blue/Pink/Lime/Green & Silver.  

Once again, I’m doing my best to photograph, price and post to the website that you can find at the top right this webpage or here

Posted in aventurine earrings, cabochon rings, czech glass necklace, earrings, glass pearl multistrand necklace, handmade, Jewelry, necklace, rings, swarovski crystal earrings

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
Posted in alterations, antique copper, bracelet, changes, handmade, Jewelry, necklace, pretty poet ink, sets

Alterations Time!

Alterations Time!! 
Hello again! 
So after posting photos of my chunky chain bracelet, I got a request to do a necklace to match. Now, I must admit that the chain used for the bracelet is mighty heavy, so I thought to myself, if I were to make a necklace for it, it would have to be with chain that’s much lighter. 
After a trip to my fave store MICHAELS, I found chain that not only resembled the chunky bracelet chain, but was much smaller and lighter to make the wearer feel less bogged down. I then went to my necklace with the antiqued rope chain, and removed the toggle on that and so this: 

transfers into this: 
I got some new beads that I will be working on that rope chain with – so look forward to seeing new pieces by the end of this week! 
tell me what you think!
Posted in accessories, Alice In Wonderland, auctions, bracelets, contests, earrings, felt, giveaways, glass, handcrafted, handmade jewelry, metal, necklaces, plated, rings, semi-precious stones, waist beads

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