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My name is Gaetana Parris fashion designer, business owner and blogger. I have a passion for all things fashion and design related. I started my blog back in 2007 and over time is have evolved to not only about fashion, trends, design but the love for my business, reading and planning. So sit back and enjoy.

Behind the Design: Warm n' Toasty necklace set

Custom Jewelry ProjectsPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, December 12 2017 07:20AM
It seems like I say this every year but it's that time again when I make a custom piece to gift my god mother.Like always I go into this blind and just pull beads and hope they all work together. Luckily, this time I did it fairly quickly and on the first try too. Winning!
This time I pulled only earthy warm tones. I came up with some glass beads, jasper beads and some wood beads. They were all in the same family and should work pretty well together.
I first started with the earrings since they would be easy to figure out. I pulled a jasper bead and several of the light wood and dark wood beads.
I knew I wanted the jasper beads to be the focal point of the earrings so I put one jasper bead on a head pin.
I then played with the wood beads until I got the combination right. I finally came up with one light wood bead and two dark wood beads.
I then attached the two components together and we're almost done with the earrings.
I added the ear wires and the earrings are complete. It's a nice mix of earthy tones. Not too long and not too short. Perfect.
Now onto the necklace. For this, I first cut a long piece of wire. I didn't measure for one and just cut.
I then strung on these glass beads. The story behind these beads is they came from a top I had a long time ago when I lived in Florida and I refused to throw it away even though I only wore it once to a event at my sister college. I think I only kept it because of those beads. I got tired of toting this one shirt around and finally cut them off at the beginning of this year. These 3 are the last of them. They're so big that I couldn't make anything else from them. I'm glad they're being used in a special piece for my godmother. It's like she had a piece of me in a way.
I then took the remaining jasper beads left over from making the earrings and evenly distributed them on both sides of the glass beads.
I then took a large amount of the light wood beads and evenly distributed those on both sides of the jasper beads. It's all about symmetry.
To finish off the piece I added the dark brown wood beads.
I then added the jump rings and clasp and wire wrapped one side with the remaining wire. I don't know why I didn't think of that with the first side but next time. It's a great way to use up the remaining wire instead of just cutting it off.
And the necklace is completed. If I say so myself. It came out beautifully. I couldn't ask for a more beautiful piece to gift someone.

Now my godmother should be receiving it sometime today keeping my fingers crossed with the USPS. Because we all know how terrible they can be. So I should receive a call sometime today or tomorrow to get my review. What do you guys think?

For your custom order, feel free to email us at . We would love to work with you and help your idea come to life.

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Deeper Connection necklace set

Custom Jewelry ProjectsPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, August 01 2017 03:14PM
It's that time again for another behind the design of a custom design I was working on. This set was for my godmother's birthday. Each year it's getting harder and harder to top the design before for her. Luckily, I know the type of design she likes. So let's so behind the design of this piece which I'm calling Deeper Connection.

Like always when I'm working on a piece I gather all the elements in front of me and see where it goes. This time I grabbed a bunch of coco pukalet beads in brown, some brass drops, agate beads, carnelian beads, glass beads and some aluminum chain to round it all out. I definitely knew I wanted this necklace to have the aluminum chain in it for sure.
I then cut a piece of wire, attached a crimp bead and added a jump ring. I got to work on unique combination of beads and some brass drops. (Shown above is what I came up with) Totally random and got it the first time around.
I then measured the bead combination and came up with the remaining length of the necklace which I divided by 2 and got the length of chains I needed.
I then added an additional jump ring and the chain to each end of the bead mix strand.
To finish off the necklace I added a jump ring and a lobster clasp . While the other end I added two jump rings.
And the necklace is completed. It's the perfect length and lays beautifully.

Now if you know me I can't make a necklace without including the matching pair of earrings. So I had a ton of supplies left over and I carried over the same elements into the earrings.
I found some bead caps while pulling out the headpins and decided to use those to flank the carnelian beads. I took 3 coco pukalet bead and put those on separate head pin.I then combined the two elements together but it was missing something so I took one of the brass drops and added it the mix. Added the ear wires and it's complete.

Here's a better look at the completed earrings. I think I knocked this one out of the ball park and I can't wait to get my review from my godmother. So what do you think?!?!

For your custom order, feel free to email us at . We would love to work with you and help your idea come to life.

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Three's the Charm Mother of Pearl Rose Gold Necklace & Earrings

Custom Jewelry ProjectsPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, January 03 2017 09:25AM
Every year the JET Team (Jewelry on Etsy Team) hosts a Secret Santa among the team and I had the honor of swapping a handcrafted piece(s) to Nancy of NancyCrystalFantasy on Etsy. Like usual there is a criteria to design by based on the swap preferences. So let's go behind the design on the beautiful pieces I design for Nancy.

I first started pulling beads based on her color preferences. She love purple, turquoise stones, and shades of turquoise. I then searched her shop to see her exact jewelry style because you would hate to design something that didn't fit someone. Also based on her necklace length preference that she loved longer necklaces.So I whipped out some rose gold chain and gold plated findings too. The piece I finally decided to make is on the simpler side but will be just as beautiful.
I then got to work cutting the chain for the base of the necklace. She loves necklaces at least 18' inches long. So I cut one piece of chain at 18-21' inches.
I then found the middle of that piece of chain and add a connector which would connect the next part of the necklace.
I then cut three additional pieces of chain in various lengths. You'll see why.
After a ton of consideration and playing with bead combination I went with the purple mother of pearl discs. I attached a jump ring to three and then attached them to the gold chains.
I then took another jump ring and strung on the longest chain first and then put the remaining two chains on either side of it.I then attached that jump ring to the connector which is attached to the main part of the necklace. Almost done.
To finish off the piece I attached a toggle clasp.
Now to work on the semi-matching earrings. Since you can't wear a necklace without any. I took the purple glass beads 3 to exact since we're doing things in threes. I put three of those on a head pin.
Close off the top part with a ear wire.Looking good. One more step and they're completed.
I then took a jump ring with another mother of pearl disc.
Attached them to the main part of the earring and they're completed.
A closer look at the bottom half of the necklace.
The necklace might be simplistic but it's simply breathtaking. I loved this piece so much that I gift my godmother a similar version for Christmas with the matching earrings. Check out our previous Custom Jewelry Projects, "Keeping It Simple Carnelian Rose Gold Plated Set" .

Here's both pieces together. I hit this one out of the ballpark. Nancy adored the the pieces and love the color and design. Mission accomplished.smiley

For your custom order, feel free to email us at . We would love to work with you and help your idea come to life.

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Keeping it Simple Carnelian Rose Gold Plated Set

Custom Jewelry ProjectsPosted by Gaetana Friday, December 23 2016 01:41PM
It's that time of the year again where I close off the year with my very last custom order which just so happens to be my godmother's Christmas present. Like always I'm stumped as ever but I do know her style of choice is earthier pieces. It just so happens that before this piece I worked on my secret Santa for the JET team. So that piece led me to this piece which is a take on that piece. Simplistic in design but yet so chic and sophisticated.

I first broke out with my supplies.Which consisted of carnelian teardrop beads, rose gold plated chain, gold plated jump rings and ear wires.
I then took the bigger jump rings and put them through the holes of each of the carnelian tear drops.
From there it's time to start cutting the chain. I cut 6 pieces in 3 different lengths for the earrings so that the carnelian teardrops all hang at different lengths.
I then attached the chains to 3 of the carnelian with the jump rings. Then attached another jump ring to the ear wire.
From there I put the longest chain on the jump ring with ear wire and the remaining two on. One on each side to give it a gradual length change.
And the earrings are completed. Aren't they beautiful?!?! Now onto the matching necklace.

I cut the chain to the necklace length I wanted.Then attached a jump ring to one end and a lobster clasp to the other. I did the same exact thing as I did with the earrings and cut three piece of chain in various lengths and attached it to the carnelian teardrops with the jump ring attached.
Just like the earrings I put the longest chain in the middle and the two remaining chains one on each side. All hanging from one of the bigger jump rings.
This part is the most tedious part of the entire process because I want it to be perfect. Finding the exact middle of the necklace chain. After about 5 or maybe 10 minutes I finally found the exact middle and attached the jump ring with carnelian/chain to a small jump ring which was attached to the necklace in the middle.
And the necklace is completed.

And the set is completed. I adore this piece so much that you might be seeing these earrings soon on our website after the New Year.

I won't know what my godmother thinks until Christmas Day or the day after due the mail. Keeping my fingers crossed since I went with a simpler piece then normal. What do you guys think?

For your custom order, feel free to email us at . We would love to work with you and help your idea come to life.

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She So Earthy Glass Wood and Amber Carnelian necklace

Custom Jewelry ProjectsPosted by Gaetana Sunday, September 25 2016 01:35PM
This blog post has been a long time coming.If you follow us on social media then you might have seen us working on this beautiful piece during the summer.We call her "She So Earthy Glass Wood and Amber Carnelian necklace". She was gifted to our godmother for her birthday.

Our godmother is huge fan of earthy tones so we knew right away that we had to go through our entire bead collection to find the right mix for a piece for her.
I ended up pulling silver plated chain, silver plated findings, some leather cording, amber carnelian beads, some glass beads, and to finish off the mix some wood beads.
I then cut a piece of wire to the measurement I wanted then strung on the amber carnelian, a glass bead on each end,then a dark brown round bead and a brown flat disc bead on each end.Now it's time to close it off. I added a crimp bead and finished it off with a jump ring on each end.

Time to add the leather and finish this puppy. I cut two leather pieces of cording to the measurement I needed, added a spring and chain extension to one. The other I added the spring and lobster clasp. Now to attach to the other part of the necklace.
And she's done.

I mailed her off just in time to my godmother who was going through her entire stash of her jewelry she's received from me over the years. Which is a large amount. She raved about the piece when she called when she received it. She had a wedding to attend and she had just the outfit to go with it. Mission accomplished. Mind you, I was stressing about what to make her and waited until the last minute to come up with something and put in the mail in time for her bday. Won't be doing that again but so happy that I made another piece that will be well loved.

For your custom order, feel free to email us at . We would love to work with you and help your idea come to life.

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From This to That

Custom Jewelry ProjectsPosted by Gaetana Friday, February 12 2016 09:14AM
From time to time we'll get a customer who loves a piece we have in stock but want a different variation of the piece. This is one of those time and welcome the change. If you ever see anything in our shop but want it in different color or materials contact us. We'll love to pick your mind.

This piece change up starts with our Dark Skies Glass Serenity Chain bracelet.This customer wanted this bracelet but instead of gold tone chain as shown in the photo they wanted silver. Now when designing the piece(s) I always envisioned them in gold but silver is gorgeous. So we got to work pulling out all the necessary supplies. Pliers, ruler, wire,chain, glass bead chips,clasp, jump rings and crimp beads.
Despite the bracelet being adjustable the customer wanted it in specific size so we were happy to accommodate they're request. And here's the finish product.
Our customer is a genius. Silver looks amazing but we're partial to gold.

So if you ever see a piece but want to add your own twist to it don't hesitate to contact us. You can find our Serenity bracelet in our Etsy shop in yellow, orange, red, and green .

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Cabin Fever Challenge

Custom Jewelry ProjectsPosted by Gaetana Wednesday, January 27 2016 03:15PM
A couple of seasons back the JET (Jewelry on Etsy Team) had a team challenge called Cabin Fever. Each member of the team had to design a jewelry related piece. The theme of ours was dreaming of somewhere tropical hence the bright colors.

We pulled out our jewelry board and go to work.
We pulled out a handful of glass chip beads in an assortment of colors (red,yellow, orange, red and blue) and howlite leaf beads that we had left over from a previous jewelry project. We didn't want to to finish off the necklace with just the glass beads chips so we pulled out some leather cording to accentuate the piece.

We strung on the all the beads to jewelry wire and then cut the leather cording to a certain measurement. Then connected that to the strung beads. We finished off the piece with silver tone findings and an chain extension.

The piece embodies everything you dream of when your stuck inside during winter and of course cabin fever starts to set in. Don't you agree???

In the end we called this piece, "Tropical Oasis Howlite Glass and Leather Beaded necklace" and can be found here in our Etsy shop.

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Green Lantern Agate Turquoise and Leather Beaded necklace

Custom Jewelry ProjectsPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, December 29 2015 11:28AM
A couple of weeks back we got our assigned person for our Secret Santa with the JET team on Etsy. With the specifications in hand we were put to the test like each year getting down and dirty for a fellow jewelry making. Let's just tell you the truth. It's hard. Creating a piece for someone who not only makes jewelry themselves but sells it too. So got to work pulling all the purple and greenish/blue beads we had.

We grabbed a lil' bit of everything. From turquoise to agate to glass beads in all the shades imaginable. We played around with combination for days and each time walking away unsatisfied. Until one day I put my foot down and said to myself no we have to get this done and in the mail.
So finally we came up with this combination. Now with only a limited amount beads we had to think. Chain or leather cording. If we went with chain it would take the focal point of the combination of beads and color. So we opted out for leather cording. Now went into our jewelry making stuff and no cording. It's like it grew legs and walked. So yet again we had to walk away and hunt down our leather cording.

We found it a couple of days letter and a stash of stuff we totally for about. Oh and our phone mysteriously fell off our desk so we got our new one we lost all the other photos.

So let's speed ahead to use constructing the piece. We stung the beads onto jewelry wire and secured it with crimp beads and jump rings to attached it to the leather cording. We finished off the piece with a lobster clasp and chain extension.

Voila the piece is complete. We made some howlite and glass earrings to compliment the piece and off into the mail it went.

Next time we'll do it the old fashion way and use the camera.

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