Satin Doll Café

Satin Doll Café

About Satin Doll Cafe

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.

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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A Quick Fix: Auntie Bracelet

Custom Jewelry ProjectsPosted by Gaetana Sunday, November 22 2015 04:04PM
From time to time, I get random pieces of broken jewelry or just plain beads from family members. It's pieces that they may have gotten while traveling or something they pick up in a store. With me making and selling jewelry they find their way to me so I can fix it for them. Saves them money and the piece gets to live another day. That happen a couple of weeks ago. My aunt and uncle stopped by for a visit and my aunt finally brought with her the bracelet she has been telling me about that needed to be fixed.I would have had a picture of what she bought me but I left her for a minute or two and told her to hold it and came back to a handful of beads. lol and mind you I told her don't do anything just hold it. But anyway, beads were originally strung on with black jewelry cord. Since she's going to moving around a bit and won't be taking it off I opted for durable stretch cord.

So I busted out my pliers and got to work.
I first strung up the beads and put the biggest big in the middle as per the original design.

I then knotted it to secure the beads. Just in case if it breaks at the beginning again the rest won't come apart.
I then add the oblong bead and knotted the stretch cord several times and cut the excess stretch cord.

Wallah, all done. A quick fix. Back to my auntie it goes.
FYI, we're accepting holiday custom orders until November 27th. After that date we will not be accepting anymore holiday orders. Regular custom orders will be accepted as normal. Feel free to send us a email at , subject ling "Holiday Custom Order" or simply send us a message in our Etsy Shop.

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Aquatic Leaves Glass Onyx necklace

Custom Jewelry ProjectsPosted by Gaetana Monday, June 15 2015 09:00AM
This necklace came about as the first attempt to make my godmother's birthday present for later this month. I first gathered the beads.

Which included blue or teal glass beads, black round glass beads, black onyx teardrop beads , and a leaf gemstone pendant. Next came the placement of the beads.
With so much black beads I had to make sure to add the blue beads to break it all up.
All done. Now to strung onto wire and finish out with the findings.
Here's the finish product.

I ended up not sending this one to my godmother since she's more into earth tones but it found a home with weekend when my aunt came over and went through my entire inventory. It went perfectly with her outfit. So there's a piece out for there for everyone.

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Feeling Fresh Custom Set

Custom Jewelry ProjectsPosted by Gaetana Friday, May 29 2015 11:06AM
My godmother's birthday is at the end of June. So like always instead of buying a gift I'm opting to make her a jewelry set. I searched my bead selection and came up with this cool tone mix of beads.
The last piece I made for her for Mother's Day was warm tones. So this piece will be a bit refreshing from the last featuring green agate, smokey gray faceted glass beads, onyx teardrop beads and an kiwi jasper flower pendant. A nice refresh mix of beads.

Now to figure out the configuration.
I notice when doing the placement that I didn't have enough green agate beads or onyx beads to continue the pattern. And finishing off with the smokey gray faceted glass beads would be boring so I think some leather is in order. Don't you think so.

I beaded the beads onto wire and then cut the leather to the required length and attached. I finished it off with a lobster clasp and a chain extension.

All done. I think the leather was a nice mix to the necklace if I say so my self. Now you can't give a necklace with some sort of earring to match.

I created a simple pair of earrings featuring the smokey gray faceted glass beads and sesame jade beads. I didn't have any kiwi jasper beads but the sesame jade is a close second and are passable. I think she'll love it.

I finished off this gift with a handmade card not shown and package for shipment. I can't wait to hear reaction to this one.

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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Tribal Queen Custom Set

Custom Jewelry ProjectsPosted by Gaetana Thursday, May 07 2015 01:11PM
We love sharing behind the scenes of custom piece we work on. With Mother's Day just around the corner, we go to work on a unique gift for our godmother. She loves buying our pieces but for Mother's Day, her birthday and Christmas we design a custom piece(s) for her as a gift. For this gift based on her last purchase which was a rich and earthy piece we decided to keep with the same theme and came up with we're calling Tribal Queen Carnelian Wood and Amber Leather necklace with matching earrings. (shown below)

We first selected the round carnelian beads, brown wood beads and detailed brown amber dagger beads. Which we purchased a while back at a the Whole Bead Show a year or two ago. We figured on the configuration on our jewelry board.
We strung them together on beading wire but it was missing an element. Leather would complete the look and make it a true statement piece.

So we cute piece of leather and add a chain extension for times she might want to wear it longer or shorter. Walla, it's complete.
Any necklace wouldn't be complete with a matching pair of earrings. Featuring the brown wood beads and the carnelian beads and the set is complete.
Since we were on a time crunch and wanted to get it in the mail it time for Mother's Day. We took her handcrafted gift even further with a handcrafted card featuring stamps, washi tape and a blank card that we always have on hand. We got to work and walla. We created our own Mother's Day card.
With a quote found on Pinterest and a sweet handwritten note our gift to our godmother is complete. Now to wait for her reaction when she gets it in the mail. We'll be sure to share her reaction with you all.

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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Custom Kim K. Body Chain

Custom Jewelry ProjectsPosted by Gaetana Saturday, April 18 2015 10:18AM
The other day our sister text us with a celebrity worn piece like always and wait I want it. So it's up to us to make it happen. This time it was a body chain worn the one and only Kim Kardishian (shown below).

So we ordered the required chain and go to work.Rose gold plated chain and findings with our pliers as helpers we got to work. Note, this is only our 2nd body chain we constructed. The first was a custom order and we didn't have the person in front of us. We were lucky this time to have the actual person available so we made to exactly to their specifications. After cutting of chain and measuring we completed this beauty.
Just like Kim K.'s it features the double drop that extends to the back of the body and clasps at the neck.

If you ever see a piece worn by a celebrity and want it created don't hesitate to contact us. We've had several customers including our own sister come to us with pictures say I want that. Simply send us a email at and we'll see if we can make it happen.

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Recap of Custom Orders for 2012

Custom Jewelry ProjectsPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, January 01 2013 06:00PM
2012 has been a great year for Satin Doll & Co. overall but the custom orders have gotten to a creative high.You, our customers have been hitting us up for some amazing pieces. The level of creative and ideas are amazing. So enough chit chat, here's our recap of custom order for 2012.

By the Sea Mother of Pearl and Glass Beaded set
This was our last custom order for year that we made for a Secret Santa present. The inspiration came from Florida since she is a Florida resident and the beautiful waters that surround the state.
Earthy Sunset Agate Wood and Glass Beaded Dangle earrings
These I made for myself. From the time I saw the wooden pendants I knew I had to make something for myself. I tend to go towards the earthier tones. This is the result of me playing with my bead stash.

Earthy Trio Beaded earrings
These 3 pair of earrings were inspired by a 2 pair of earrings that a customer brought back after 7 years and she lost one side of each. The beads couldn't be found but we found some great replacement beads and this was result of it.
Ankh Silver Tone Dangle earrings
My sister has been wanting a pair of ankh earrings, so when I came across these pendents I knew exactly what to do with them and who they were for.
Boho Blue Dangle earrings
I never knew Tori Spelling had cute jewelry components in Michaels so when I saw these I had to make them into something for myself. A cute yet chic pair of dangle earrings they were turned into.

Natural Beauties Coco Pukalet Beaded Dangle earrings
These are a remake of a pair of earrings that we made for a one of favorite customer last year. One of her coworkers saw her earrings and wanted them so bad that we ended up making her two pairs in two colors.
Taste of Luxury Antique Brass Chandelier Dangle earrings

After finding out Tori Spelling made some cute components, I went back and found these. Every girl should own at least one pair of chandelier earrings. They have a antique/vintage feel to them.

Angelic Leather and Chain set
These pieces came from an idea a necklace that had a leather,chain and crosses. We took away the crosses and decided on white leather, gold plated chain, and 3 strands. This all was our customers idea and is a testament of the some of the creativity we are talking about.
Blue Howlite Skull Gold Plated Chain necklace
From the time my sister saw this blue howlite skull she wanted it and I was told to make into a necklace. A very simplistic but bold piece. Just like my sister.

New York Girl Chunky Gold Plated Chain necklace and bracelet
This necklace and bracelet which you can find in our regular selection on our website and Etsy shop was the brainchild of my sister. She's a huge Rihanna fan and when she saw this chunky gold necklace and bracelet she wore at a performance in NY.I was told that I need to make this for her. After a year of searching for the right chain, my sister finally got her set.
Simplistic Girl Gold Tone Chandelier Dangle earrings
These were made and added in with a previous custom order.The customer came back and requested to purchase a pair for her mother.A simplistic but sophisticated chic pair of earrings.
Honesty Beaded Stretch bracelets
These were the brain child of one our Twitter friends when the armcandy craze was just beginning.
Hamsa Acrylic Beaded Stretch bracelet
Yes, I was bitten by the armcandy craze too. As soon as I saw and purchased these hamsa charms I knew I had to make a piece out of one for myself.Looks fabulous with my rose gold watch and Blessed rose gold chain bracelet.

Birdy Blue Antique Brass Set
These were the brainchild of our one of custom order queens, Felicia. The necklace was inspired by a piece that she seen that featured aqua blue,birds and several strands. We couldn't just give her her necklace without a fabulous pair of earrings that we included as her free gift.
Pisces Beaded Dangle earrings
From the time these fish beads I knew I had to make them into a pair of earrings for my sister. Her being a pisces made these into a perfect fit for her.

Golden Neutrals Multi-Strand Antique Brass necklace
This was the brandchild of my customer/friend. She wanted a earthy tone multi-strand necklace with a ornate antique brass toggle clasp. It was an amazing idea and the results came out beautifully.
Bone About You Beaded Dangle earrings
My sister loved these beads so much that I purchased at a bead show that she begged me into making them into the earrings shown above. Definitely big, bold and earthy.

Wild Side Turquoise and Cheetah Antique Brass Beaded Dangle earrings

Inspired by an cover that LaLa Anthony did for Latina Magazine. My customer/friend came to me with the cover and this was the result of them. It was a challenge to figure out how to get the strands just right but it came out beautifully.
Wild Side Turquoise and Cheetah Beaded Dangle earrings
These earrings were create and give to my customer/friend as gift with her purchase of the earrings before these. A bolder take of the colors scheme of the piece that requested.
Sassy Gold Plated Choker/ Belly Chain
This was the brainchild of my customer/friend and a picture of Beyonce wearing a necklace body chain. She wanted her's to be a choker style so this is what it came out as.
Earthy Rocks Wood Agate and Bone Beaded Dangle earrings
I loved all these components so much that I made them into a pair of earrings for myself.
Agate Nugget Gold Plated Chain necklace
I initially made this piece for my Etsy shop but once my sister saw it she must have it.So it became hers. Happens every time.

Paint Strokes Gold Plated Multi-Strand bracelets
The focal beads that are used in these bracelets we received in a bead swap and as soon as I saw them I knew they had to be made into gorgeous bracelets. One was made for myself and the other for someone special.

This concludes our trip down memory lane of our custom order for 2012. We hope you enjoy the ride as much as we have. We look forwarded to 2013 and can't wait to see what you, our customers request this year. Happy New Year! Make it a good one.

If you would like a custom piece, feel free to visit our website and click on Custom Orders for more info. Or you can email us at orders(at)satindoll(dot)biz

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All Wood Coco Pukalet Custom set

Custom Jewelry ProjectsPosted by Gaetana Monday, October 31 2011 05:36PM
One of our favorite customers came to us yet again for a great custom pieces. She wanted a simple all wood necklace.
Here's how we did it. The supplies we used for the both pieces as follows:

-Jewelry making pliers
-Gold wire
-Brown coco pukalet beads
-Gold tone ear wires
-Gold tone jump rings
-Gold tone head pins
-Gold tone clasp
-Gold tone crimp beads

I then cute the gold wire to 21 inches long since our customer wanted the necklace to be 16-18 inches long. We opted out for 18 inches, since it would give her a little more room to breathe. I then attached the gold tone clasp to the wire and securing it with the gold tone crimp beads. From there I strung on a total of 150 coco pukalet beads.
From there I completed the necklace and secured the clasp and added a gold chain extension for times when she might want to wear the necklace a little bit long. And wah lah, I'm done.
(Close up of the closure and the chain extension)

Here's what the completed necklace looks like.
Isn't it gorgeous but simplistic.

Now onto the earrings. I took three of the coco pukalet beads and placed them on the gold tone head pins.

Clicked the extra head pin and did the same with a second head pin and attached them together. Add a ear wire and the earrings are completed.

Definitely a earthy and simplistic dangly earrings.

Can't wait to hear from our customer about the set. Enjoy, Willie!
Do you have a idea and want a custom piece of jewelry?Contact us.We would love to hear from you and collaborate on a great custom piece.

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