Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Peek At My New Designs In My Society6 & Redbubble Shops!

Hi friends! I've been falling behind with my blogging so I figured I would do a few updates to share what I've been up to. I have a habit of getting interested in a project and then throwing myself into it, and when I do that, everything else sort of disappears. I know that it's great to have intense focus, but sometimes I have to make myself stop and make sure everything else is still up and running! 

I've been in full creative mode since spring and if you've seen my other recent posts you already know that I've been hard at work turning out new broken china jewelry for my Etsy shop. I used to sell my jewelry directly from my website (dishfunctionaldesigns.com) but stopped when I moved into my 2nd house around 2011 just because it was easier to list things on Etsy, but lately I've been thinking about doing that again...but it's still just a thought. 

I've been splitting my time between jewelry and the gym and after a back injury last year that took me AGES to recover from, it feels SO great to be able to move and run and now I can't stop hehe. So between the jewelry and gym and creating designs for my Society6 and Redbubble shops so there is never an idle moment here. 

Here's a peek at what I've been working on in the world of design!



Celestial Swirling Sun... I really like they way this illustration turned out. It's simple. I could have kept going and added lots more detail and really filled up the page, but instead I added a border to the design and then stopped. Sometimes things are best left simple. Not everything has to be busy and complex. Simplicity can be very beautiful and I knew that just adding maybe two colors to the design would be enough. 




I decided to create this design in three color schemes: yellow on white, black, and blue... which do  you like best?

Celestial Swirling Sun Boho Mandala Hand-drawn Illustration Floor Pillow





Celestial Swirling Sun Boho Mandala Hand-drawn Illustration on White Pillow ShamCelestial Swirling Sun Boho Mandala Hand-drawn Illustration on White Wall Clock


Sometimes a quick concept sketch turns out to be the entire design, as with this design below! I kind of knew I wanted a rising sun with the text "begin again" so I quickly pencil sketched out three possibilities as a starting point... 


I liked the way the center sun sketch turned out so much that I just went ahead and inked it directly on the sketch and then scanned it and added the color digitally. I LOVE the way it turned out! Here is the design on a wall tapestry...

Begin Again Sun Inspirational Sunrise Wall Tapestry

Begin Again Sun Inspirational Sunrise Tote BagBegin Again Sun Inspirational Sunrise Carry-All Pouch

What do you think?

Another recent design...paisley tree...
Psychedelic Paisley Tree - on Black Background Throw Pillow

I have many other designs to share but I just don't have the time to put them all here right now, so be sure to check them out in my Society6 shop and in my Redbubble shop


I hope you like them! Let me know what you think by leaving me a comment below.
 Which design is your favorite?


Have a great week!
love,
 Laura

My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns


All items shown above are available for purchase at https://society6.com/laurabethlove


article, images, and designs copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2017 all rights reserved

New In My Etsy Shop This Week & Happy Summer!



Hi friends! I hope you are all enjoying summer! I sure have been! I've also been super-busy making new jewelry to replenish my stock in my Etsy shop, and will soon also be heading up to Connexions Gallery in Easton PA to put out some brand new pieces of jewelry there, so if you are in the area be sure to stop in and check them out! 

As always, here's what's new in my shop so far this week. I have more on the way!
















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If you've purchased from me and want to show off your jewelry please send me a photo of you wearing it and I would LOVE to feature it on my blog and/or my Dishfunctional Designs Facebook page! 

Feel free to send me photos through Facebook or email them to me at sales@dishfunctionaldesigns.com or even through an Etsy message. I LOVE seeing folks enjoying what I make so send me those photos! 


All items shown above are available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns


Have a great week!
love,
 Laura




My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns



article, images, and designs copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2017 all rights reserved

Friday, June 30, 2017

Easy Beginner Tutorial: How To Make A Basic Elephant Necklace


I remember when I first got the idea to make jewelry. When it came to the technical aspect of tools and components, as a beginner, I had absolutely no idea where to start. 

I had been making stained glass and also making mosaics out of stained glass and vintage broken china, when I started setting aside certain china shards that I would come across that just seemed too special to be put into a mosaic. I knew they had to be the main feature in whatever way they were to be recreated, so I set them aside to hopefully one day turn them into jewelry. 

When the day came to turn my soldered china prototypes into actual wearable pieces of jewelry, I had to teach myself everything. Learning what the different components were and what they were used for, learning about different metals and chains and wire gauges was a bit confusing at first, but I just took my time and figured it out the best I could. Then came the tools. Some looked like they were from another planet! I quickly found out that there were a lot of tools that I really DIDN'T need, and that the most important thing I needed was my own creativity and lots of good lighting. 

But the whole point of this blog post is that we all have to start somewhere. When you first start out, even the most simple necklaces can seem confusing when you're not sure what goes where. 

In this beginner tutorial I will show you how to assemble a simple chain necklace with a chain, clasp, and charm. I chose an elephant charm for my project. You can use any type of charm you like. This basic assembly will become second nature to you quickly as you create more jewelry. 

Supplies needed:
Jewelry chain in desired length (I use 18")
Lobster-claw style clasp
(1) 4mm jump ring
(2) 5 to 5.5 mm jump rings
2 pair of basic jewelry pliers (sometimes called chain nose pliers)



First, assemble your supplies. It's always good to have extra jump rings in case you accidentally bend one out of shape. Work in a well-lit area. Reading glasses work great for helping to see small components! 



First we will add a jump ring to your charm (AKA your component, or your focal piece). Charms sometimes come with jump rings already attached. Yay!  Sometimes they don't. So we'll easily add our own. Important: Make sure your large jump ring that you are going to attach to your charm is big enough to fit onto your chain. If it isn't, get a larger jump ring, or get a smaller gauge chain. 

First we have to open the jump ring to thread our charm on it. We always use two pairs of pliers to open jump rings. Using two pairs of pliers is important because the jump ring needs to be twisted with both ends turning away from each other (see photo above). 

To open your jump ring, hold the jump ring with the seam side up, use one pair of pliers in each hand to grip the jump ring ends where they meet. Now use a small twisting motion to separate the ends of the jump ring so that one end goes up and one goes down (see above photo). The most important thing is that you do NOT pull the ends apart from each other left to right or you will land up with a misshapen jump ring that will never close properly. 




Once your jump ring is open, thread your charm onto your jump ring as shown in the photo above. 

Now close the jump ring the same way you opened it - using two pair of pliers, one in each hand. Just grip the ends of the jump ring and carefully twist them back together until they meet. If you hear a clicking sound when the ends come together, that's good! 


Now thread your charm onto your chain by putting the chain through the jump ring. 





To finish your necklace all you need to do is attach your clasp and jump rings to your chain ends as shown in the above photo. To do this, open your smaller (4mm) jump ring using the same technique above, and thread the loop that's on the bottom of your clasp onto the jump ring. Then thread the end of your chain onto the same jump ring and then close the jump ring as we did above. 

Now attach your last, larger jump ring to the opposite chain end. This jump ring will serve as the catch for your clasp. That's it! You've put together your first simple chain necklace. 




What did you think? Easy? Maybe next time we will add some coordinated beads...

Let me know what you'd like to see!





Have a great week!
love,
 Laura


My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns





article copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2017 all rights reserved

Friday, June 16, 2017

New Broken China Jewelry In My Etsy Shop!


Hi friends, I hope you all have been enjoying the weather where you are - we had a little heatwave here in PA this week but I'm happy for the hotter weather to finally get here! I love spending time outside!

I look forward to the end of the school year as much as my daughters do, and we sure had a busy one this year. Both of my girls worked so hard this year, and both received academic awards. I couldn't be more proud of them. Now we finally get to spend some more time together, yay! 

Last week my daughter Erica finally picked up the soldering iron for the first time! She made herself a wire and stone bead ring from my Soldered Alchemy book and it turned out great! I hope she decides to continue learning how to solder and make jewelry! 


As always, here's what's new in my shop so far this week. I have more on the way!










































If you've purchased from me and want to show off your jewelry please send me a photo of you wearing it and I would LOVE to feature it on my blog and/or my Dishfunctional Designs Facebook page! Feel free to send me photos through Facebook or email them to me at sales@dishfunctionaldesigns.com or even through an Etsy message. I LOVE seeing folks enjoying what I make so send me those photos! 


All items shown above are available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns


Have a great week!
love,
 Laura




My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns



article, images, and designs copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2017 all rights reserved