Saturday, March 23, 2013

Who Wants A Necklace Like No One Else Has?

Vintage jewelry has a style all its own...


And I have collected and enjoyed wearing many pieces over the years. These days I seem to only wear my smallest brooches but sometimes I'll wear three to five at a time! And, lately I am not wearing any of my rhinestone necklaces ... I favor the more artsy chunky necklaces.  So, what to do with all my accumulated stuff? Well ... why not take them apart, or combine them in new ways ... in a more contemporary style!


Red & Black Magic
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So, here are the first five ...

Necklace No. 1: "Red & Black Magic"

A large link necklace with some links covered in a faux snakeskin black. I added two brooches with red stones, one a flower, and one a starburst with clear rhinestones also. There is an earring with various grey faux pearls on a filigree back ... some of them dangle. And then there are three glass teardrops that are a smokey clear. This was a very fun necklace to make with adding such different items hanging on that chunky link necklace! 

Ivory Flowers
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Necklace No. 2: "Ivory Flowers"
 The flower at the top left side was a brooch, and I had a beautiful double link goldtone chain to use with it!

The lower strand has glass beads in white, ivory, amber and a few larger milky glass ones ... with that beautiful ivory flower and an amber bead hanging from it.






Purple Majesty
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Necklace No. 3: "Purple Majesty"
This necklace started with the double brass chain and the pendant with purple and red glass stones in it. I also had a lovely purple glass stone link necklace to put with it. Now the fun begins!


The brooch in this necklace sparkles with purples and many other colors ... called Aurora Borealis!




 
Pink Power
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Necklace No. 4: "Pink Power"
The necklace consists of a silvertone chain and the pendant is died pink mother of pearl with the dangles of pink beads. I made two different necklaces to go with this one ... one is a variety of pink glass beads and the other is small turquoise beads. 


This necklace sparkles with the large funky pink disk ... a "retro" style! Here is a close up of that portion of the necklace.

Dogwood Gold
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Necklace No. 5: "Dogwood Gold"

I think this was the first necklace that I made! I had this wonderful dogwood bracelet that has a beautiful white finish on the blossoms.

I decided to combine it with two of my beautiful brooches ... one a large faux pearl in the middle of goldtone flower petals, and the other a topaz rhinestone circle pin with a spray of clear rhinestones. All this is put together with another goldtone rope chain and a second chain with topaz glass bead drops and clear rhinestone drops of various sizes. I added the topaz rhinestone earring drop to the middle!

Here is a collage of close ups of various parts of the necklaces. If you are interested, I will be glad to send you several photos of the necklace you are interested in and the close ups.

I have been creating two to three paragraph stories from the view of a dragonfly as it moves across the landscape and interacts with various subjects... they are a little childish... but that is my point for them. Each time I release a selection of necklaces, I will have one story and print to release. The print will be of the painting with the story on a heavy weight watercolor paper. Each client that purchases a necklace will receive one of the prints, or if you commission a necklace you will receive the print of that time-frame. So, they are limited and special to those buying a necklace. At some point, I will produce a book of these stories.

Here is the first story and print!
The Dragonfly & the Sunflower





Since this is my first release, please let me know if there is any problem with a "Buy Now" button for Paypal ... or if you have any other suggestions to make this purchase of necklaces and/or purses an easier thing to do. Thanks!



Thursday, November 29, 2012

What Makes a Nice Gift?

Have a drawer full of old jewelry?

Do you have pieces of jewelry that belonged to a family member? A prized piece from your Grandmother might be something you would love to wear, but maybe it is a brooch and you don't pin those on your clothing. How about making it into a beautiful necklace. Would you wear it then? I bet you would. Here is a sample of what I am doing as commission pieces for clients.

"Family Locket"
This necklace has a centerpiece that is a locket with two photos inside of family members. The rest of the pieces are a brooch, a bracelet (the white flowers) and another necklace that had the aqua pieces and silver chains. I took the silver multi-chain necklace apart and put pieces back together in different combinations. That multi-chain necklace became part of four or five necklaces this person commissioned!

"Green Fever"

Here are several photos of necklaces created for this client ... six necklaces were commissioned from the variety of odd jewelry from various relatives.
"Noah's Ark"


"Rosebud"

"Here Kitty Kitty"
There is one more necklace being worked on .... and it is proving to be the hardest one to make work from a design standpoint .... So....

Do you have some jewelry you love but don't know what to do with. Give me a shout ... e-mail me at marshasavageart@yahoo.com and let's talk about the possibilities! Hope to hear from you.






Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Start of Dragonfly Jewels and Stories

"Brooch Box"
Some of the items I
will use in creating!
This blog will showcase my repurposed vintage jewelry and handmade purses from vintage and unusual fabrics... mostly! These new creations will be one of a kind and are only coming out a few at the time.

Why have I chosen "Jewels By Dragonfly?"


The dragonfly has always been something I have watched ... and collected pins and necklaces to wear. They seem to have a special significance for me. I did just a little research and found quite a few stories about them... one of them saying they are considered to be a "messenger." I like that!

So .... I have also been writing little stories of about one paragraph from the perspective of a dragonfly in her journey across the landscape. Each of these stories will come out with a few purses and/or pieces of jewelry. They may have nothing to do with the purse or jewelry ... they are just an added part of this hobby. I might even try to illustrate the paragraphs. These could possibly go along with the purchase of either a purse or piece of jewelry as a print . They will just be a little "added extra" for you!

My paintings in oil, pastel or acrylic are my business. My jewelry and handmade purses are my hobby ... for clearing my mind when I need to take an "eye" break from the paintings. Here are a few photos of some of the items in progress. Now.... don't think these are finished ... they are a work in progress, remember? And, they could possibly change drastically before hitting the "product page" here.
Elements on One Purse!
I have been making purses for about a year ... in between creating my fine art. I have only been making the jewelry for a couple of months. The designs have been evolving over this long drawn out process. I have not carried one of the purses yet, but I have worn each necklace to make sure it is wearable, and they hang correctly. This has resulted in several changes for a couple of the necklaces!
Here is a teaser,
one of the necklaces
in the process.

I have created two pages to go along with this blog... one for the purses and one for the jewelry. These two pages are still under construction. When the pages are finalized and the first necklaces and purses are released, I will post something here on the main page and then post two or three items on "its" page. Each time I release a few new pieces, I will post here on the main page ... with the dragonfly story ... and the products will show up on their "page."

When it goes "live" ... I will also create a Paypal "buy now" button for ease of purchase. Remember, these will be special and not your average purse or jewelry!