Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wednesday's Worktable

Ahhh, December... That time of year that everything on my craft table is either a Christmas present or part of a design challenge. 

Unfortunately, that means that I don't have a lot to show off today, jewelry-wise. But, hey... at least I can show off the cute candy cane wreaths I made on Monday with one of my sisters-in-law:

We had so much fun assembling these. Seriously, we had a blast--buying the supplies, assembling the wreaths, playing with the hot glue, eating the leftovers. Something to note, though--while these are cute, they are not incredibly stable. That's okay, though--it's just an excuse to eat them! :)

Oh, and another plus: I am now a proud owner of a hot glue gun! Bwahahaha! (I know it's rather hard to believe that I didn't own one before now!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today... hopefully, I'll have something a bit more jewelry-oriented for next week's post.

Until then--have a wonderful week, everyone!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Wonder and Whimsy Monthly Challenge - December Edition

For this month's challenge, I decided that I wanted to do something a little different. There's a skill that I've really been wanting to practice.... I actually got a little taste of it near the end of last month's challenge, and thought it might be fun to explore it a bit more.

Can you guess what it is?

I'll give you a hint:

That's right... this month's challenge is Chainmaille!

Now, I have made chainmaille in the past, but I've never dedicated an entire challenge to it. It is definitely something I'm a novice at, and I think it'll be fun to play around with it a bit more. 

It'll also be a bit of a challenge, because it's not my usual aesthetic... After all, I don't usually design with just metal rings. But that's the fun of doing these challenges, isn't it? Learning and exploring and trying something I wouldn't have done otherwise. :)

So! Be sure to stop by on Friday, December 28th to see what I end up making!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Hello, December!

I survived November, woo-hoo!

I am taking a little bit of a break this week... As you might imagine, I need a few days to recharge after last month's whirlwind.

I am also having a few technical difficulties. I could go into a long diatribe detailing them--but, instead, I'll just take it as a hint that I should go back to resting.

Thanks so much for stopping by today... Hopefully I'll get everything sorted out, so that I can reveal my December Monthly Challenge on Friday.

Until then, have a wonderful week, everyone!

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Jenny Monthly Challenge - November Edition Review

Phew! It's been quite a month!

Now, I know that I've been posting the earring pairs throughout the month, but I thought it would be fun to show them all in one place, too. After all, there are quite a lot of them--and it's fun to see them as a collection.

So! Here you go! Here are all of the earrings that I made this month (in chronological order!):

I explored quite a few different design ideas as the month went on... I'm particularly pleased that I was able to try my hand at more chainmaille and wire-weaving. It's also fun remembering what I used as inspiration for some of them--like the Monet earrings, or the ice-on-the-tree earrings. 

All in all, I call this month a success!

Thanks again for joining me this month as I worked my way through this crazy challenge... Now I just need to figure out what I'm doing for December! (Hint: it probably won't be as crazy-busy as this one, heh.)

Have a wonderful last day of November, everyone!

Today's Earrings: Grand Finale!

It's officially the last day of my Monthly Challenge!

Can you believe it--I've made 30 pairs of earrings this month. Imagine! (More than that, I realize, because there were some days I was over-productive... but, still, 30 earrings! Woo!)

For my grand finale, I decided that I wanted to use some of my special purple stick pearls--pearls that I've been hoarding, waiting for just the right occasion. 

Here is what I made:

I paired the pearls with brass and Czech glass beads... and attempted to make messy wraps for the first time. Not too bad, even if I say so myself. :)

Thanks everyone for going on this journey with me... It's been fun!

Oh, and I officially reached my National Novel Writing Month goal, as well. Official total: 51,005 words. Woo-hoo!

And now I'm off... I have a convention that I'm attending tomorrow, and I need to decide what to wear.

Have a wonderful last day of November, everyone!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Today's Earrings: Finally, Some Chainmaille

There's only today and tomorrow left in this challenge... phew! This month has definitely been a crazy one!

Now, going into this month's challenge, I knew that I wanted to do at least one thing with chainmaille... and, since it's so close to the end, I figured that today might as well be that day!

So, after much futzing and playing around, here is what I made: 

...Byzantine links with metal point drops!

As far as chainmaille goes, they're fairly straightforward. Still, I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out. I'm getting much better when it comes to getting the links flush when I close them... Practice makes perfect, after all.

Hmm... I wonder how these would look with the swirls that I made a couple days ago...

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful day, everyone... see you tomorrow, for the final reveal for this challenge! :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Today's Earrings: Super Long Dangles

Today's design principle was apparently make the longest, dangliest earrings I could think of--without making a tassel.

These are the result:

...and honestly, I kind of love them. 

They are surprisingly lightweight (the top bead is vintage acrylic, which definitely cuts down on the overall weight), and they are definitely fun. I love the way they sway--and can be seen even when I'm wearing my hair down. (My hair is once more way too long... it's all the way down my back again, which means smaller earrings get swallowed up by the mass of curls.) 

I honestly wasn't expecting to like these earrings so much, but I really do... I may just end up keeping them.

Two more days left in this challenge... Woo-hoo! It's been quite the productive month!

Thanks for stopping by today... Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Today's Earrings: Bonus Swirls!

I had a chance to make another pair of swirly earrings for today, and just wanted to share:

Like the other ones that I posted, the swirls were made with 20 gauge wire... and, yep. I'm addicted to making them. :)

Have a wonderful night, everyone!