Friday, January 31, 2014

Upcoming Projects

I'd like to make more bracelets. I was thinking some simple wire bangles - something that one could stack or wear alone - and maybe some charm bracelets.

My rings section is also lacking; one might say that it is non-existent, and one would be correct in that assessment. :)

Pretty cool, right?
I recently taught myself how to make a style of ear cuffs, and I am really excited about them. There are a lot of design variations possible with these. Not to mention that people can wear them even without pierced ears, which will broaden my earring audience.

Wire-wrapping is something that I'd like to do more of this year, too. I have some gigantic monster stones (okay, maybe they're not that big) that would be perfect for some wire embellishments. Some are donuts, and others are just flat stone beads, and some are nuggets. Wire-wrapped flourishes or cages would look great with those beads, and would make for some nice, one-of-a-kind pendants.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Product Story: Chevron Pendant Necklaces

by BokBok Jewelry
Black and foil-lined green and gold seed-beads
on silver-plated findings with steel chain
by BokBok Jewelry
From selling online for over a year, I can tell you that chevrons are "a thing" - something that is well-known and popular. I've seen chevron canisters, chevron scarves, chevron wall hangings, chevron bags...the list goes on. While I may not "follow" trends, I'm not opposed to playing with them, especially when it gives me a chance to try something new.

Enter the idea of a chevron pendant.

I had wracked my poor brain for a while, trying to work out a way to somehow incorporate chevrons into my own work when I don't know very many beadweaving techniques. Suddenly, I finally hit upon a wire design with seed beads. I had a design, and I thought that was the hard part; however, the most difficult part was yet to come, for I still had to figure out how to make my idea into reality.

I dropped whatever it was that I was doing and started sketching. This is commonly the way I work out designs. "Sketching" in my head is much quicker and easier, but I tend to lose whatever ideas I think of.

After a few false starts, I had a working design sketch - I had the design, a color scheme, and a plan.

Green, gold, and cream seed-bead chevron pendant necklace
by BokBok Jewelry
This was my first attempt at a chevron necklace. The proportions are different than what I had envisioned, but it's cute, and gave me the information about making seed-bead chevrons that I needed to tweak the design into the pendant above.

And there you have it: the story behind my chevron pendant necklaces. I plan to expand my line of them while the chevron is still a thing - more colors, maybe some earrings. If you have any questions about the pieces or my design process, please feel free to leave a comment. :)