Bead Peeps Swap & Hop 2015 : From A to Z

Finally, it’s May 2nd!!! The reveal day of Bead Peeps Swap & Hop 2015.

This time my partner is Nicole Rennell from USA. She mainly works with polymer clay and copper, in big and dark color palette. During our ‘get to know each other’ chat, she told me that her hobbies are jewelry making, reading, and traveling. 

It took me sometimes to come up with something special (at least I thought it’s special) for her. Her traveling hobby gave me an idea: I will send her something related with it. 

So I sent her some wire pieces I made. A wire train locomotive, a wire boat, a wire car and a wire plane to symbolize her traveling hobby. I added some green fresh water pearls, and azurite beads as coordinating beads. All in her favorite colors. I was so happy when she said she loves them, since I worried that it might not up to her likes.

A package from Nicole arrived just a few days after she told me she received mine. I opened it and was thrilled o see such combinations. She sent me two electroformed copper over polymer clay focals, some faux sea glass beads, some labradorite beads, and some copper beads.

 
Here are they. The labradorite rondelles, copper beads and white faux sea glass were not photographed because I misplaced them >.<

Silly me. I had a rough idea how to use them and put them aside for later but then I forget where did I put them lol.

Oh and here’s what I came up with this lovely things.

   
A simple necklace featuring one of Nicole’s focal piece: a labradorite in polymer clay.

I made the necklace out of a suede ribbon to enhance the copper color. For the clasp, I used solid copper wire adorned with copper beads and labradorite rondelle. 
 Closer view of the clasp. 
I still have some beads left and will work on them after I find a perfect design for them ๐Ÿ™‚ — if you follow my blog or my  FB page you will see that the perfect design I’m talking about might come tomorrow, or maybe next year lol.

Now, please take your time and visit all others participants of Bead Peep Swap and Hop 2015 HERE!! 

Hope you enjoy hopping around!! ^^

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A Walk To Remember and The Process Behind My Jewelries

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A Walk To Remember (Nicholas Sparks, 1999) is one of my favorite book ever.
I can’t stop crying while reading it (oh well, my closest friends would tell you that I cry a lot lol).
One thing that I always remember from this story is how your life could be affected (much!!) and in positive ways by others.
And in reverse, whatever you do could affect others too!! (In positive ways too).

That brings me to a thought when one of my clients shared her story with me earlier today.
As I look back on my jewelry making journey (which is very short.. It’s just 4 years with more offs than productive times *sigh*) I found that I was -and still am- really blessed.

I’m blessed to be involved in my clients’ life milestones
I’m blessed to be involved in my clients’ memories (or remembrance of their loved ones)
I’m blessed to be involved in my clients’ stories
I’m blessed to be involved in my clients’ life
I’m blessed because there are people who trust me to make little reminder for their important events.

Most of my jewelries are personalized ones. When my clients come to me to design their jewelries, I used to ask them many many many some questions.
Some of them might think that I’m exaggerated for asking: zodiac, Chinese zodiac, hobbies, interests, birth date, favorite colors, favorite animal, favorite book, favorite movie, favorite food, blood type, favorite song, favorite artist, and millions little things.
Some of them even drawback and never come back lol.

Why must I do this?
For me, designing and creating a personalized jewelry means the jewelry should be really personal and meaningful for the wearer.
Therefore, I have to know the wearer better. These crazy millions questions are my way to get to know them better. I need to pictured the person correctly, even when I never meet them.

After I get a comprehensive pictures, I start to do some researches and contemplating until I come to a point where some bulbs light on my mind. I get my basic frame or theme for the jewelry.
Some more researches to get more specific ideas, and more researches to implement those ideas into some basic designs.

Sketching my basic designs is the next step. I start to sketch several basic designs that comes to my mind and some modifications of them. Then I have to discuss about them with my clients. We discuss about the size, colors, and materials for the design. Some revisions might occur, and some new sketches have to be drawn.
Another discussions to get all things settled, and I can start to hunt for the materials.

Yes, I do hunt for specific materials needed/requested for my clients. I don’t want to limit my designs to onhand supplies of mine. If needed, I would spend weeks or months to get the perfect materials (of course if my client really want it). But if my clients don’t want to wait that long, and they’re willing to accept modifications or alternative materials, then I can continue to the next step ๐Ÿ™‚
-Surprisingly, some of my clients are willing to wait THAT LONG as long as they can have the jewelries of their dreams.

Creating process begin right after I get all materials needed. I use to take progress pictures and send them to my clients so they could ask for revision or modifications along the process.
And while I’m working on it, I use to pray and send positive thoughts into the jewelry, I think about the wearer-to-be, and wish her/him a good luck. Sometimes it feels like I put some parts of myself and my soul inside my jewelries. Me and my friend Renata used to have joke about this and call it ‘horcrux’ (yeah, I’m a big fan of Harry Potter lol), because it really feels like that.
And that’s why I really don’t wanna make any Jewelries when I’m not in a good mood. I don’t wanna keep those negative things in my Jewelries.

Some of my clients are willing to share their stories with me and their stories really touch me. And yes, makes me feel blessed and honored to be part of it.

I just wanna say thank you so much for trusting me to be a lil part of your stories โค

Love,

Ien

7th Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal!!!

Okay..
Finally after some flus, headaches and several mood swings, I managed to finished this project.

Not the best of me, I admit, but I will make something that’s more ‘me’ when I feel the urge..

Like I mentioned in my previous post, my partner’s beads never arrived at my house, and so does mine.
My partner Christina sent me gorgeous bead soup (I’m sure) but somehow someway it seemed disappear >.<

However Lilikkindheartedly sent me an emergency bead soup.
I really thank her for this.

Her bead soup was very challenging.
The combinations were not those I would usually picked. But hey, it’s not an ordinary ocassion! So I came up with several ideas, but really can’t realize them all but these two:

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The first one is a recycle from an old piece. I took my Hibiscus Garden pendant and attached it to a chain, using both cute enameled flower clasps Lili sent me.

The second one is a keychain. My first key chain actually ๐Ÿ™‚
I used one of those green petals sent to me as a back ground and formed a hibiscus with permanently colored copper wire.
A pink bead was attached to give accent to it.
I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out.

I still have some beads left, and probably will work on them when I can.
I will also post some pics of them ๐Ÿ™‚

You can visit all beautiful pieces revealed this time by visiting this link
Do take your time to see each and every unique pieces there ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you so much!!

Love,
Ien

PS: and thank you so much, Lori for hosting this awesome event!!! โค

My Bead Soup for Christina – teaser only :)

2nd step for Bead Soup Blog Party participants is sending the soup to their partners.
And I just did it!
Hopefully they’ll arrived safe and sound and of course, right on time ๐Ÿ™‚

Meanwhile the soups are on their way, we were expected to post a teaser of our soup.
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It’s not easy for me to pick which beads to send. I consulted this with Lori several times and she was very supportive.

I want to tell you more detailed ingredients of my soup, but that’ll ruin the real joy of this event.. Sooooo..
Please be patient, meanwhile I’m waiting for Christina’s soup for me ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheerio!!!

xoxo,

ien

Ienmagination’s Jewelry – FenG Beads : 7th Bead Soup Blog Party partners

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This year I finally participate in the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party (BSBP).
It’s a fun event where all kind of jewelers were got partnered and then send a bead soup to our partner. Then our partners should use those beads to make something. Additional beads from personal collections are okay, but you have to use focal piece and clasp sent by your partner.

What is a bead soup? How can I make a bead soup?
A bead soup consists of a focal piece, a clasp (no lobster clasp, please) and some coordinating beads.
When I make my soup I tried to imagine what will my partner make with it. Unfornately, I can’t imagine it.. Alas, I imagine what will I make ๐Ÿ˜ฆ silly me..

Each participants have to upload received soup and what they come up with it on their blog. Then we are expected to visit other blogs. Hopefully we could visit all blogs.
To see complete list of each participants please see here.

This year there are over 500 participants in this event, and our hostess, <a href="http://www.BeadSoupBlogParty.com&quot;>Lori Anderson was so busy pairing us together. In the middle of her bad migraine, she still tried to make all things done. Thank you so much, Lori!!

Oh my, I almost forgot to tell you my partner he he he..
My partner is Christina Stofmeel from FenG Beads. She makes beautiful Lampwork beads and also beautiful jewelries!
Go and check her websites, I guarantee you’ll ‘aaaaah’-ing and ‘oooooh’-ing a lot (I know, I did that too lol).

Now I can’t wait to get my soup ๐Ÿ™‚

Stay tuned, fellas!!

Sparkling Saturday: Sexy rought tanzanite

Hullo!!! *snort*
I still get this flu and sore throat and terrible coughs. My nose is already turned red few days ago. And I keep *snort* all day long.

Okay, that’s it! I don’t wanna make you bored with my rants about this *snort* influenza. Let’s talk about something beautiful: newest addition to my blinking sparkling gemstones stash (doesn’t mean I have many of them lol).

Today’s sparkle comes from my new baby. A rough tanzanite. I got great deal :p

Okay, let’s see it (at least what the seller said to me)..
It’s a natural tanzanite, not a glass or synthetic ones. I have to believe him at this point, because I have to send the stone to a gemologist if I wanna check it.
It’s green with some shades of purple on the edge. It’s almost blue where the green touch purple.. These colours reminds me of Aegean Sea (No, I haven’t been there YET. Just some world wide web trip there lol)
The shape reminds me of Swarovski’s baroque pendant, with more asymmetry and rough edges, and no holes on it.

Here it is:

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Closer look ๐Ÿ˜€

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Isn’t it pretty?
Oh yes, I can see you nod your head.
I can even hear your ‘ooooooh’s and ‘aaaaaaaah’s lol.

Biggest problem now: what should I do with it?
I can’t drill a hole through it by myself. I must go to a metalsmith, or gemstones worker to have it drilled- which is impossible with my conditions at this moment. And to be honest, I don’t want to do it.

I can’t make my own metal bezel because I can’t do metalsmith.. And I think metal bezel will screw it backside.

I think I want some reversible design for this baby. Do you have any idea where I could find some references? Or do you have other suggestions?

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Sparkling Saturday: Owh-Pal My Dreams (half) Come True :)

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Opal Cabochon I have two new babies!!!! Yeay!! I’ve been longing for (some) opal(s) since few years ago, unfortunately I couldn’t afford it at that moment. But I promised myself, I will have my own opal(s) one day (า‚’ฬ€โŒฃ’ฬ)9 Few … Continue reading

Thursday Technique: Making Balled End Wire

I’ve been exploring further in my jewelry making journey: using torch to make balled end wire. It’s one of those materials shared in Perhiasan Kawat group on FB.

Several friends who could use torch kindheartedly shared their knowledge and experiences publicly and for free to other members in the group.

Actually I wasn’t too interested to try this, because I thought it will be too risky -using fiery equipment while I still have a toddler. I changed my mind later because my personal project design need balled end wire! I told my husband and he convinced me to invest my money in a micro torch.

So, I started my experiments with my new torches. Torches? Yes!!! You’re right. I have TWO torches at this moment ๐Ÿ™‚
I wrote about them on last Tuesday Tools post.

Wire Materials, and so on ๐Ÿ™‚
My first attempt making balled end wire was using fine silver wire. And I’m really glad I used it.
Fine silver melts quickly and the result is perfect. The ‘ball’ formed has smooth surface and bright silver colors.
I could say that it almost have no flux from firing process.

I tried sterling silver, but the ball wasn’t as good as fine silver wire did. You can see fire scale spreading from the ‘neck’ part (the wire part just right before the ball) to other part of wire which was heated during the torching process.
Other difference is the ball formed wasn’t as smooth as ball formed from fine silver. Somehow the ball surface have ‘wrinkles’ on it. But you could always remove the wrinkles by filling it.

Permanently colored copper wire, or enameled copper wire has similar result with sterling silver. I tried using Gold plated Artistic Wire without removing the enamel first. My fault, I know. The enamel produce smokes during torching process *sigh*
Oh, before I forget to mention this: they lost the colors during torching, so the ball color is copper (after you file the fire scale)

Here’s the picture:

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I found some non-enameled copper wire, and tried to make balled end with them too ๐Ÿ™‚
*I know, I know, now it seems I can’t stop torching lol*
The result made me happier than enameled copper: it has fire scale of course, but the balled end has pretty smooth surface (insert my happy dance here)

The time needed for making balled end depends on the wire size: thicker wire take more time, thinner wire need less time.
Wire materials also have impact to the time needed: fine silver is the quickest one, sterling and copper (both enameled and non-enameled) take more time.
I also found that my two torches have their own advantages and setbacks, please read my previous Tuesday Tools post ๐Ÿ™‚

For detailed pictures of my experiments please visit my FB page under the Exploriment album ๐Ÿ™‚

See you on my next posts!!

xoxo,

ien

I <3 U ~ client loyalty programs 2013

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Time flies, and now we’re approaching the end of January.
When I look back to previous years, I realized that I owe my clients very much!

Every special request, each specific details, every discussion, each obstacle and each design created took me to a new level in my jewelry making journey.
I do owe you all.

I decide to make a client loyalty program, starting this year, to thank all of you my beloved clients.
if you have any idea or suggestion for this program please leave your comment under this post, or send me an email, or leave message on my FB page.

I โค U ~ Client Loyalty Program

  • Birthday gift certificate: get special birthday gift certificate valued 25% OFF your order on your birthday!!
  • Pay It Forward: Get additional 5% OFF for every referral order from your friends. Make sure your friends tell me that you send them when they place an order.
  • Thanks for coming back!!!: Get 10% OFF for your next orders
  • Terms & Conditions:

      promotional discounts are valid only for existing clients of Ienmagination’s Jewelry

      promotional discount CAN NOT be used with other discount, except for Pay It Forward code

      Birthday Gift certificate valid for one month from your birthday date, please provide me with your birthday on your first order

      Promotional discounts CAN NOT be applied to shipping and handling fee

    Once again, thank you so much!!!

    Friday Featured Piece: Mora The Peacock

    Last post for today.. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Please meet my new friend, Mรดra the peacock.

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    -Now you can take yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or chocolate and some snack before you continue reading this post.
    This gonna be a very very long post. I promise.

    I have this peacock design for quite a long time. It came as raw and wild idea 3 or 4 years ago.. (Yeah it took me THAT long to realized it)

    One step at a time: from raw idea to detailed sketch
    I was dreaming about a 3D peacock design, with brilliant colors, as close as possible with the real peacock.
    I started to sketch down my peacock design, but it was really simple: some round and teardrop shapes with big and bold note “make it 3D, as real as possible. Research about it” LOL
    Something big start with little step.

    One day after I learned how to set stone, I drew another peacock sketch, this time with a stone as its body. I added note try to search for perfect blue-ish stone beside the sketch.
    Another little step.

    My Feng Huang project gave me some insight how to make 3D head. I drew another peacock sketch: stone as its body and 3D head.

    I’ve done with body and head, but I still didn’t know how to make the tail. Meanwhile -for me- the tail -the feathers- is the most important part of a peacock. It was the most beautiful part of a peacock, and I have an ambition to make it as real as possible.
    My ambition got bigger when I purchased a real peacock feather. Its beauty really thrilled me. And I promised myself to do whatever I could to realize my peacock design.

    It took me over a year to solve this problem. I found this spike seahorse over the internet, and that AHHA!!!!! *a BIG lightbulb turned on in my head* came to me.
    I quickly grabbed my sketch book and sketched down another peacock drawing. This time I finally could sketched every details of it. I could even sketch down some insets with detailed size, materials, and colors of every parts!!

    What? You wanna know what did I write as note on my last sketch?
    I wrote:
    find perfect stone: blue with greenish one, with some sparkle if it’s possible.
    Find perfect SWAROVSKI colors
    Find perfect materials for it

    Materials hunting
    Next step was hunting for perfect materials.
    I planned to use dyed druzy at first, but I can’t find perfect druzy. As usual, the one with perfect color was either too big or too small..
    The one with perfect size was in wrong color *ouch*

    Until one day a good friend of mine offered me this beautiful gems. A natural london blue topaz. Another AHHA!!!!! strike my mind. The color, the size, the sparkles.. All are PERFECT!
    I doubted to take it, for it was too much for me, almost unaffordable for me. But that crazy lil artist inside me said “remember what you said, you’ll do anything to realize it”
    Dang! I just had to take it. And generously, my friend gave me a great deal.
    Long story short, I got my perfect stone. Yeay!!

    After holding the gems in my hand, I know I can’t use my ordinary copper wire to wrap it. It’ll be a silly thing to do. So I save my money to buy some fine silver wire and gold-filled wire. I also started to collect all my sterling silver wire.

    Choosing the right SWAROVSKI colors was another issue. I finally took denim blue and peridot, both with AB coating.
    It took me almost 6 months to collect all materials needed.

    Practice makes perfect
    I used several techniques to make Mรดra: spike technique, making balled end wire, prong setting, and a bit hammering.

    I tried to use all these techniques in several projects. I really wanna ensure myself that I won’t make any single silly mistake (which I did!!!!).
    I won’t let myself touch the materials before I’m ready.

    The real process
    I started to work on the body by setting the stone with prong setting.
    I made two different claws: a pair of standard prong claws, and a pair of balled end claws.

    Next step was forming its head. I weaved thin wire over the frame wire and form a 3D head with it. I also heated the end of each wire to make eyes. Flattened it a bit with my pliers while it was still hot to give it accent.

    When my gold-filled wire arrived, I know I was ready to make the most important part of my project: the feathers.
    I failed on my first attempt *sob*

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    It looked too heavy and not fluttery enough. But after some mind-opening chat with my friend, I finally figured out how to make the feathers look fluttery. (Thanks to you, Renata. You know I owe you a lot.. Too much to be counted.. Thanks!!)

    Some suggestions from my friends over my FB page also helped me to give the feathers ‘light and airy’ look. (Thanks to you, Wendy!)

    I added some very thin wire (about 0.2 mm wide) between each spikes of the feather then trimmed and flattened it using my pliers. These wires gave fluttering look to the feathers.

    Finally I assembled each parts, added a bail and a pin, so it could be worn as pendant and brooch.

    Mรดra is one of my milestones. It’s my first piece using real natural gemstones and gold-filled wire. It also a piece that I designed, planned and make with every effort that I can do. Like my friend said, I did go the whole nine yards to get to my dream-peacock.

    It took almost 4 years to bring my dream-peacock into real. Can I proudly tell you that Mรดra is my masterpiece?

    -it IS a long post, right? Hope you enjoy reading it just like I enjoy writing (err, typing) it.

    Thanks for reading, and see ya!!!

    xoxo,

    ien