12 02 2013

Wow-what a great bracelet! I’d be happy, too!

Whispering Iris

I’m very lucky. Today I sold a very special bracelet to a special customer who sounds like he will be getting a lot of use out of it! I included some dark chocolate covered goodies with my delivery!

This bracelet was one that I made some time back. I added two extra beaded beads to adjust the length. It has jade-colored faceted glass rectangle beads and swarovski crystals. The beaded beads have died magnesite, faceted, fire-polished glass beads, and seed beads.    I hope my customer enjoys this piece!

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21 01 2013

You always do such creative work. I would never have thought of such a great idea!

Whispering Iris

This year I made two small lanterns to give for Christmas. The idea to make these stayed in my head for four years! I finally decided that 2012 would be the year I would attempt to construct these lanterns.

I started with four match boxes that were the inspiration for the lanterns. Four years ago I thought that these match boxes were so awesome that I didn’t want to throw them out. Then the idea to make them into decorations came into mind. When I rough sketched what I wanted the final pieces to look like I decided that it would be neat to make them into functional lanterns, not just decorative pieces.

A little jewelry making skills, templates, measuring, lot’s of wood glue, and a lot of caramel popcorn and my mini Japanese lanterns were born! I used battery operated candles to keep them lit. I had two pieces…

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Harmony, Honey, and Happy

19 08 2012

A very nice piece of micromaille!

Whispering Iris

I just completed a bracelet in micro maille, a really fine chain maille. I hand cut all the rings from red brass wire. I love red brass. It is an alloy of copper, tin, and zinc, mostly containing copper – 85% I believe. The clasp was done in yellow brass. Yellow brass contains mostly zinc and some copper. Yellow brass is a lot stronger than red brass. The rings measure 2.5 mm, inner diameter.

I used red crytal rondelles and bamboo coral to compliment the red brass. The end result is a refined, delicate piece. I’m pretty happy with the resulting piece.

   

As an aside, I have been fortunate to have been featured in Etsy seller treasury lists two times now. A treasury list is when a fellow Etsy seller creates a gallery of items concentrated on a theme. I’ve been in Harmony by Unlimited Craftworks, and H Is…

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Carmen Miranda anyone?

8 07 2012

This artisan continues to amaze me-when I’m not working on my own pieces, I go browse hers!

Whispering Iris

No one that is familiar with Carmen Miranda can disagree that she was a colorful character. Her costumes and hats were wild and triggered visions of a vibrant, tropical life. Even her musical productions were fruit baskets come alive.

A week ago in a previous post, “Color Conscious or Fashion Weary,” I posted a picture of a bracelet I used to refer to as the fruity bracelet. This bracelet is a replica of the first fruity bracelet I made. The more I looked at it the more it conjured up images of Carmen Miranda singing “Chica Chica Boom Chic” or “The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat.” A little silly, maybe, but Carmen was an intriguing character. Wouldn’t you say?

This entire bracelet is wire-wrapped. For the base beads I used light aquamarine and orange cat’s eye beads. Cat’s eye beads are fiber optic glass beads and have a luminescent…

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Lady Bug Bracelet for a Special Girl

2 06 2012

This is one of the prettiest, little beaded bracelets I have ever seen. The beadwork by Whispering Iris is amazing! Go buy something from her!

Whispering Iris

I took a road trip out to Boulder to visit the Celestial Seasonings plant a few weeks ago. Boy was I in heaven. Not only did they offer a free educational tour about the process of gathering leaves and herbs for their tea, they gave samples of delicious iced tea. Unfortunately, their café was closed, but they had a sitting area in the front where they showcased the work of all the artists who’ve contributed to their delightful packaging over the years. I loved it! I got to see for myself the original of the Siamese cat wearing a kimono sipping tea. The process of how they started as a small entity and grew into the business they are today was and inspiration to my little, itty bitty entrepreneurial self.

I never thought I would be one of those crafters that toted a project around with them while traveling. Considering…

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