July 18, 2010

Open Doors and Extra Links

I needed to make sure that the door toggles that I posted about yesterday would actually work in a finished piece, so I made this necklace.  Yep, it works, wouldn't you say?  At first, I had hoped that the toggle would naturally fall into a V neck design on its own, but it didn't, so I dropped a copper wrapped old key from it as a pendant. I think that added to the rustic feeling of the piece, so it was a good adaption. Also, I discovered that I love these tiny size 13 bronze seed beads!  I grabbed them to use with the pearls so it looked like a tiny faux knot, but ended up using them for the toggle bar and the pendant, and I just adore it!  Must find more teeny seed beads!  These clasps have been so popular, I added more to my Etsy shop as Pre-Orders.

If you like the look of this handmade toggle, then check out my Etsy shop, where I just listed a bunch of new toggle designs!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and here are this week's Extra Links:
A Bead A Day
Lisa learned quite a bit this week about the need to clean beads if they have a powdery residue inside. Stop by if you have a chance for some safety tips.

About.com Jewelry Making
Who says jewelry tools are mainly for metalsmiths? There are plenty of cool tools and gadgets for beaders too!

Art Bead Scene
It's July and the Art Bead Scene has a new monthly challenge. Wondering what the prizes are for this month? Come check them out!

Barbe Saint John - New Jewelry from Forgotten Artifacts As she gathers inventory for her show, Barbe wonders why no one buys bracelets these days.

Beading Arts
Cyndi has a copy of "Beading In No Time" to give away! Pop on over and sign up to win!

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi makes a new necklace featuring the funniest artwork images!

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
The schedule has been crazy and the studio is in disarray. Cindy is going to take back her workspace by....brace yourself.....cleaning!

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Summertime is the inspiration for a new necklace using glass flowers from Artbeads.com and Earthenwood Studio birdie and lumber themed components.

Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
Lorelei gives a sneak peek to the new Craft blog ratings from Wikio.com

Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to be Done!
Jean is thrilled that Margot Potter's latest oeuvre, Bead Chic, is already available at Amazon! This is a super concept for a jewelry design book, and Jean will explain why!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew creates a necklace called, "The Keeper of Memory" around one of Anne Choi's sterling silver beads.

Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.


  1. OOOOOH! I LOVE IT! That is such a great design and I love the idea of a door, and the key...oh, you had me at hello!
    Enjoy the day!

  2. Melanie, your work is just superb!!! I HAD to have one of these toggles ( and a few other things, too)! How long before we can buy these particular lumber links, I love the matching screws at each corner, gives it all a real industrial feel!
    Have the Best Day Ever!!!


  3. Thanks Erin!

    Dori, Thanks! I made some of the links last night and have a pre-order listing here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/51712300/pre-order-pair-of-ceramic-lumber-links

  4. Melanie
    You have done it again! I knew you would make these keys stand out and boy do they! I can't wait to purchase some of your stuff for my pairings!

  5. oh wow. what a fantastic design!!