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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Wrap It Up!

Copper Barrette with blue lace glass beads

This month for my Jewelry Creators Unite In Numbers (JCUIN) guild collection, the theme was Wrap It Up.  It featured wire-wrapped jewelry from JCUIN members.  There are so many talented wire wrap artists, I thought I would share a few more pieces here that weren't in the collection.

At the right is Copper and Blue Lace Glass Barrette by Wagoner Wire Works.  I think a wire-wrapped barette is fairly unusual.  This is a great color combination.  The blue beads are made of glass, but are supposed to look like blue lace agate.   They sure fooled me, because in the picture I was sure that it was blue lace agate.  Click here to sree other pieces by Wagoner Wire Works

Wire Wrapped Gemstone Ring Red Howlite and Silver Size 7.25

At left is a wire-wrapped gemstone ring by Pink Sunset Jewelry Designs.  Tammi has used a red howlite bead and silver plated wire to make this eye catching ring.  The ring shown here is a size 7 1/4, but if that's not your size, she can custom make one for you in the size you need.  To see more of Tammi's work at Pink Sunset Jewelry, click here.

Bronze Crystal Pearl Wire Wrap Stud Earrings, Fine Silver, Handmade

These wire wrapped earrings shown on the right were made by Sally of Crystal Bazaar.  These earrings are also a unique design.  She has wrapped bronze colored Swarovski pearls with fine silver wire to make elegant stud earrings.  (Fine silver is .999 silver, which is a higher silver content than sterling, which is .925 silver.)  To see more designs by Crystal Bazaar, click here.

Gold Wire Wrap Citrine Large Nugget Pendant

At left is a wire wrapped pendant by Dianes Dangles.  When it comes to wire-wrapping, I think pendants are the most popular thing to do.  Maybe because it's such a creative way to capture a stone or cabochon that doesn't have a hole drilled through it.  In this case Diane has wrapped a citrine nugget with brass wire for a very elegant look.  Click here to see more from Diane's Dangles.

Earrings: Long Hand Forged Dangles Lapis Lazuli - The Vampire Diaries

Here is a pair of very unusual earrings by Catherine's     Jewelry.  Although it's not normally what we think of when we think of wire-wrapped jewelry. they are made ot of wire.  They have open loops instead of closed loops.  They are so unique I thought they deserved to be included here.  Catherine has made these of gold-colored copper wire with lapis lazuli dangles.  These may have been inspired by The Vampire Diaries TV show because she has sent them to the show for possible use in the show.  To see  more designs from Catherine's Jewelry, click here.

Wire wrapped necklace or belt sea tones

Here is some wire-wrapping that is probably a little more traditional.  This is a wire wrapped necklace (or belt) by Roxanne (me) of Shanghai Tai.  It is 54" long and made of faceted glass beads and Swarovski crystals in various sea tones wrapped with sterling silver wire.  To see more of Shanghai Tai's designs, click here.

I hope you enjoyed this little foray into wire-wrapped jewelry.  Maybe it will inspire you to keep your eyes open for some new and unusual wire-wrapped pieces.  If you would like to see the Wrap It Up collection, you can find it here:

Wrap It Up collection on Artfire

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Countdown to Christmas Blog Hop

Friday, November 30, 2012

Celebrate With Red & Gold!

I love the color combination of red & gold.  The truth is, it reminds me of China and Chinese New Years.  But it also reminds me of Christmas.  So, I decided to make this month's JCUIN (Jewelry Creators United In Numbers) guild collection red & gold.

Garnet Gemstone Freshwater Pearl Handmade Cluster Gold-Filled Earrings
Handmade Garnet Gemstone & Freshwater Pearl Cluster Gold-Filled Earrings by Crystal Bazaar

Crystal Heart Earrings, Antique Gold Color Pearls, Swarovski, Dangles

These sparkly gold crystal heart and pearl earrings are by Pretty Gonzo.

Abstract Rose in Lime Green,  Red and Black Necklace
Do you see the rose?  This necklace is called Abstract Rose in Lime Green, Red and Black, but it sure looks lik a mixture of red and gold to me.  It's by Jewelry Art By Dawn

Gold and Shinny Bracelet

I love the texture of this bracelet by Zoomgraphik.  It is made of aluminum, miracle beads and pearls.

--30000--5102_product_2114308379.jpgThese golden rays of sun are hand painted on to the red fused glass pendant by M2BC Jewelry.

This red fused glass pendant with gold dichroic dots is wire wrapped in 14K gold filled wire. You can find it at Shanghai Tai
Red w gold dots dichroic pendant 14KGF

If you would like to see the rest of the Celebrate With Red and Gold collection, you can find it here:

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Julie & Blu's Countdown to Christmas Week 10

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Positively Posh Pastels

This post is a little late.  I went out of town and had my laptop with me.  Unfortunately, I couldn't remember how to sign in to my blog.  (Sad, but true!)  Now that I am home, I have my password saved on my desktop, so time to blog away!

Recently I got tired of all the fall color collections and decided to mix it up a little with some pastels instead.  Here are a few more pieces that should have been in my Positively Posh Pastels Collection if I only had a little more room.  Oh, by the way, I should add here that I took the liberty of enhancing a few of these photos.  Hope no one minds. ;)  These pieces are all by members of the Jewelry Creators Unite In Numbers Guild on Artfire:

I love the flash of color in this one.  You normally think of pastels for summer, but doesn't this one look Christmas-y?
Lavender Roses in Crystal Dangle Earrings

This is one earring of a pair, with tiny lavender roses inside the large crystal.  These earrings are by Crescent Moon Creations.

What great texture this bracelet has:
Citrine Gemstone Nugget White Freshwater Pearl Bracelet, Yellow 8 Inch

This is a citrine and cultured freshwater pearl nugget bracelet by Diane's Dangles.

For those of you who make your own jewelry, here is a handmade polymer clay cane from Blue Morning Expressions.   This can be made into beads, pendants, earrings.... You are only limited by your imagination!

The angle on this next shot is so awesome I just want to reach out and touch these big fat beads, don't you?

This is called "Three Gemstone Bracelet" on memory wire, and you can find it at Jewelry by BeaJae.  The three gemstones are Ching Hai jade, rose quartz and lavender beads.

This next one I like because it is very unusual:

This is Freshwater Pearl and Feldspar Necklace by Tammy of Unique Designs by Tammy.  I love the color combination, and I also like how the contrast between the delicate groupings of pearls and Swarovski crystals and the long feldspar beads.  

Finally, my blog wouldn't be complete without a little bit of shameless self promotion!  The following bracelet I actually made for a previous blog a few months ago about color schemes:

Cotton candy butterfly bracelet AFPOUNCE

This Cotton Candy bracelet is all pastel and, with the exception of the little yellow accent beads, all translucent.  

If you'd like to see the "Positively Posh Pastels" collection you can find it here:

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Shanghai Tai - On Fire For Handmade Featured Artist

Shanghai Tai - Featured Artisan

Quick Blurb

Roxanne is an award-winning artist who creates quality,
one-of-a-kind wearable art. Jewelry to fall in love with.


Pearls, Precious metal clay, fused glass (especially dichroic), wire-wrapping, semi-precious stones

Skills and Techniques

Glass fusing, wire-wrapping, certified in Precious Metal Clay,
the usual beading stuff

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Are you On Fire for Handmade?

Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Bevy of Bracelets

Today I am featuring several handmade bracelets from the artisans of the Jewelry Creators Unite In Numbers guild on Artfire.   

First up is a lovely little lucite number from Kath's Elegant Accessories featuring purple and blue flowers with green leaves:

Silver Charm Bracelet with Lucite Flowers

I love the bright colors of lucite.  I also have some of these pretty lucite flowers and leaves, so you may be seeing some of these little beauties in my studio soon.

This next bracelet by Copperrein is sooooo cute!!  and so happy:

Glass and Brass Swirl Bracelet by CRG

The artist made these orange and yellow lampwork beads.  I don't know about you, but I couldn't possibly be depressed if I was wearing something so cute!

I always love the metal work, and aspire to get good at it some day. Here is a copper and leather bracelet by AuNaturale Jewelry:

OOAK Copper tree of life bracelet

The artist has painstakingly sawed the tree of life motif out of the copper sheet.  What a beautiful piece.  I hope someday I have that much patience.  (I don't currently.)

If you love bright colors as much as I do, you'll love this next bracelet:

Chakra Rainbow Chainmaille Bracelet  Framed with Light

This is the "Chakra Rainbow Chainmaille Bracelet Framed With Light" by Meant 2B Cherished.  This bracelet is made out of annodized aluminum jump rings.  Another work requiring a lot of patience, but what a great result.  

This bracelet is called "Make a Splash" by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs:

Turquoise Sea Sediment Jasper Mother of Pearl Bracelet Handmade Unique

Don't you just love the look of semi-precious stones?   These stones are sea sediment jasper and they have been paired with mother of pearl beads.  

Last but not least is my wire-wrapped gemstone bracelet:

This bracelet features yellow turquoise (also known as Chinese Turquoise) with large gold freshwater pearls.  I wire-wrapped it with 14K gold filled wire.  

These bracelets and more were all included in my latest Artfire collection, titled A Bevy of Bracelets, which you can see by clicking here.  Hope you enjoyed it.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Little Shameless Mutual Promotion

One of my fellow jewelry artisans, Catherine Waterhouse, has featured me in her blog.  Many of you probably already know her, perhaps by her studio name, Shadow Dog Designs.  She is a fantastic writer, and she also makes some very nice jewelry.   

If you'd like to see her blog, you can find it here:

Inspired By The Orient -- Roxanne of Shanghai Tai

Please take a look, because she went to a lot of trouble and did  a great job!  


Also today, purely by coincidence, I won the daily blog award from On Fire For Handmade!  

Anyway, it's always nice to get a little recognition for your work.  Twice in one day is really exciting.  Hope you are all having a great day too!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Thunder Rose Leather - On Fire For Handmade Featured Artisan

Beautiful Leather Creations!

Thunder Rose – Featured Artisans

This weeks Featured Artisans are Debbie and John,  Thunder Rose Leather. You will find original quality made leather accessories! Handbags, clutches, baby moccasins, medicine bags and more! You can find

Thunder Rose Leather on:
Handmade Artists 

Are you On Fire for Handmade?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Metal Mania

Friday, August 31, 2012

A Victorian Romance

This month I decided to make my Jewelry Creators Unite In Numbers (JCUIN) collection on Artfire with a Victorian Romance theme.  I'm not an expert on styles.  I don't know exactly what makes them Victorian or Romantic, other than I think they are.  So here is a closer look at some of them.  If anyone wants to share their expertise on whether or not they're actually Victorian style or not, feel free to enlighten me!

Dusky Pink Lucite Filigree Cocktail Flower Cha Cha Ring adjustable

I love this cha-cha ring with a dusky pink rose.  Actually I love the rose all by itself because it looks so real you just want to smell it!  But it looks even better with all those leaf and filigree layers that Sally of Crystal Bazaar has added to it in the process of making it into a ring.   I did not know this, but apparently a cha-cha ring is a ring that is made by attaching beads to it.  When I think of Victorian, I think of flowers and filigree, so this cha-cha ring fits the bill in my opinion.


This one, called "Bling in the Holidays" by Holly of Au Naturale Jewelry, might be a little more modern spin on the romantic Victorian look.  I think the fact the filigree is flat looks a little more modern, but what do I know?  It still has filigree, and it has crystal dangles as well!  This would make some great bling for a holiday party.

Here's a stunning pair of earrings that is in the collection along with the matching necklace by Strega Jewellry.  It is very ornate, which I think is another feature of the Victorian era.  She has added a very nice verdigris patina with a little accent of merlot wine.  I love the combination of the green patina with the shiny pearl-like glass beads.

Prehenite Earrings

I picked these earrings because of the embellished little hearts with dangles.  That makes it Victorian Romantic inspired in my book.  These prehenite and sterling silver earrings were made by Jill of Jill's Jewelry.  The round beads are prehenite, and the little bicones up top are Swarovski Crystal.  An interesting fact I learned about Jill by looking at her Artfire Bio page is that she is actually a practicing attorney. 

These sterling silver and cultured freshwater pearl earrings are made by me and you can find them at Shanghai Tai.  I had these sterling silver components for awhile and finally decided to make something out of them.  Each Swarovski crystal and each pearl is close wire-wrapped onto the intricate sterling chandelier component.  Certainly romantic, are they Victorian?  I don't know, maybe if I had used black pearls and crystals they would be Goth!

Lastly, this chain maille bracelet and earring set by Moxie Gem Designs isn't actually Victorian at all.  It's use dates back to a much earlier era.  But this jewelry, in my opinion, gives an illusion of having that intricate detail like that romantic Victorian jewelry has.  The intricate design itself is made from many individual jump rings all put together.  This bracelet and earrings is a little mini work of art in itself.

I hope you enjoyed my pretend romantic jewelry journey though the Victorian era.  If you'd like to see the rest of the "A Victorian Romance" collection, you can find it here:

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Lottie's Trinkets - On Fire For Handmade Artisan of the Week

Quality Original Artisan Jewelry

This weeks Featured Artisan is Lise Spence-Parsons,  Lottie's Trinkets. You will find original Artisan Jewelry handmade by Lise in her shop. Quality craftmanship and beautiful designs. Truly unique OOAK pieces!

You can find Lotties Trinkets on:

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Thursday, August 23, 2012