Wednesday, August 26, 2009

My Orange & Lime Memory Wire Bracelet

The longest memory wire bracelet I ever made! and yes, my fingers do hurt.

Handcrafted with acrylic seed beads. I used about 4 packs (P10 per pack) I bought from Butingting's in Quiapo.

Made with love while watching season marathons of BattleStar Galactica. Beading and Sci-fi are my frakkin' pick 'em uppers!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Contemporary Chic with Traditional Wood Jewelry

There is a great sense of beauty in wearing something handcrafted. Perhaps the idea that it was laboured on for hours or crafted for its rare material or molded by a dying breed of artisans, make it more valuable than its selling price.

Such the same can be said for the beautiful handcrafted wood work pieces from Austolia, a Cebu-based Jewelry company.

Austolia's designs showcases a deep love for Filipino materials, and the hands that create these pieces shows the creative spirit of the culture. Colorful, diverse and exquisite.

An elegant, contemporary folk bangle with ornate metal work.

Philippine Bib Necklace with Geometric tri-tone ethnic pendants

Geometric design wrist bangle with wooden finish

Visit their gallery for more set pieces.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Taking the HandMade Pledge

I Took The Handmade Pledge!

Today I took a pledge, an oath to my passion to everything crafty made by warm and busy fingers!

And here's what our other Crafty sister and brothers had to say on the website about supporting handmade products:

Breda Redfern | Ireland
"The idea of becoming a producer of culture rather than simply a consumer is really something!"

Amanda | Laconia NH
"Handmade is made with love."

MoiraCoon | Kenosha, WI
"Renew! Repurpose! Reimagine!"

"Handmade items make you a trendsetter, not a follower. :-) "

On The Inside Lingerie |Asheville, NC
"love your local artist"

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

No Fuss Wooden Hair Pins

Again, back to all things crafty. I'm soo missing Ligaya & my beading BFF group.

One of the things I made for her, a Kamagong Wooden Hair Pin encrusted with Red Pagoda beads and glass Chili Pepper charms at the end. Besides the regular head clamp that can almost claw through one's scalp, you may try using needle hair pins for a new upstyle 'do.

You can buy fine Kamagong or Narra Needle Sticks at Wellmansons in Quiapo (Priced under P50). The sticks have the standard size drill bit holes in the end where you can start your loop. For this project, only use small hollow beads to keep things lightweight.

Using a hair stick is easy, just twist your hair into a bun or spiral at the back of your head then slowly stick the needle-like hairpin in. Make sure everything's neat and tight for the perfect hold :)

Monday, August 10, 2009

A Menagerie of Hair Accessories

Nagi Noda has now gone mainstream. Or into mainstream consciousness almost a year after her death.

The celebrated artist at 35

I don't think her distinct hair creations will be on every one's heads next season. Such avant-garde fare should be left for the runways or one of our secret finds when it comes to outlandish hair accessories.

Well, NO thanks to Lady Gaga, she just had to put one of Noda's creations on her head for a performance on Japanese TV. Now every tabloid on the blogosphere is trashing on the headpieces as one of her ridiculous bids for attention. It would have been a great nod to Nagi Noda, if someone with more talent and music cred (like Bjork or Stina Nordenstam) wore it as a tribute piece.

Elegant hair topiary by Nagi Noda

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

OMG! Organic and Algorithmic Inspired Jewelry

2-layer center ring, an airy intricate pattern with a coral-like texture

Aptly named Nervous System, this online jewelry shop is inspired by all things organic within us and around us. Everything that pulsates, and make up the chemistry and patterns of the human body. But the artists behind these creations would argue that they're more into exploring algorithmic design.

My hat goes off to these two people of Nervous System - Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg whose collaborative efforts have given birth to these fab pieces. This is one of the best and unique jewelry pieces I have come across in a long time.

Orange necklace laser sliced from wool felt.

Links to the Nervous System:
Nervous System Etsy Shop

Radiolaria bracelet (black) culled from plant cells. The bracelet is made from odorless silicone rubber, heat resistant and wonderfully elastic!

Jewelry Weave Designs: Marvel at these Woven Wonders

Weave patterns are no longer reserve for baskets or fabrics alone. Intricate weaves blend beautifully as jewelry pieces too, often delicately handcrafted into metal.

Designer Inspired Sterling Silver Mesh Ring
Notice the detailed lattice work on this silver ring.

A basic criss cross of gold rings. The simple weave work is timeless.

Designer Inspired Sterling Silver Mesh Ring

Designer Inspired Open Weave Ring
One-of-a-kind interlocking copper-colored ribbed rings.

Jaime's Gold Wide Woven Cuff Bangle

Chanel Faux Gold Domed Woven Shield Clip-On Earrings
A regal clip-on by Chanel, the weave reminds me of a Bilao, a Filipino handwoven basket.

Brennan's Black & Gold Basket Weave Bracelet

A tradition basket weave inspires this geometric gold & black cuff.


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