Thursday, December 8, 2011

Twilight Videos YouTube





Jewelry handmade by Vamp ~v~ on Artfire

Blushing Bracelet

Lion Bracelet

Beads of Blood Gothic Necklace by Vamp

Sterling Silver Swarovski Crystal Moon Necklace

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Special - FREE Shipping



Black Friday/Cyber Monday Special - FREE U.S. Standard Shipping

Black Friday Special going on right NOW at Vamp's Artfire studio. no shipping fee for U.S. Orders! Perfect time to grab some beautiful handmade jewelry for holiday gifts and SAVE!

Jewelry will arrive ready for gift giving. You'll be happy that you are giving a special one of a kind handcrafted piece of jewelry, that will be loved and shows your good taste :)

Don't wait, stop by now to grab your favorites! Free shipping in the U.S. begins now through Cyber Monday 11-28-11 midnight (no code needed).

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Bling For The Holidays


Aurora Borealis Crystal Heart Dangle Earrings

Bling For The Holidays

Whats says holidays more than sparkly bling? When I think of Christmas and everything this time of year, I think of glitter, sparkle, lights, colors. Everything takes on a magical aspect.

New to Vamp's studio on Artfire are some sparkly earrings perfect for this festive time of year.


Silver Bow Dangle Earrings Green Pearls Red Glass Beads

For more sparkly jewelry please visit Vamp on Artfire.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Shop Handmade For The Holidays

Shop Handmade For The Holidays



Can you believe it's already November! Seems it was just summer. New England is getting much cooler, nights dip into the 30's and days are around 50 degrees. The leaves on the trees in my yard are really starting to finally come down. I believe this year they are late! Usually by Halloween most of the leaves have fallen.

I've been busy creating more jewelry and hoping to get things listed for the upcoming holiday shopping season at my Artfire studio. I'm trying to get more gemstones & sterling silver earrings into the shop and winter theme jewelry.

Please help support the handmade community by shopping for handmade goods this season. When you purchase handmade items you are helping artists and their families survive in these hard times. Handmade goods are created with heart, love and soul. Each piece is unique and handled with care from the beginning down to how it is shipped to you.

I can say that everything I design and create has positive and loving vibes infused in it :) Do visit my studio, Vamp on Artfire for affordable handmade Enchanting Jewelry. Your jewelry will be gift wrapped and shipped quickly for you to give to someone special this holiday season. Thanks so much!

Vamp~

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Halloween Costume Idea: Mia From Pulp Fiction

Halloween Costume Idea: Mia From Pulp Fiction

In this article they give tips on how to look like Uma Thurman's Mia character :) for Halloween. In it they mention to use a red corded pendant as a necklace and they featured my 'Enameled Asian Red Disc Black Cord Choker Necklace' that I have at my Artfire studio!

Was exciting to see my jewelry featured in an article. Here is the link to the article check it out!

My corded red pendant is in the picture scroll bar, along other items to use to get the look of Mia for Halloween.

To check out more of my jewelry head on over to my studio Vamp on Artfire

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Top 4 Jewelry Picks For The Holidays



Top 4 Jewelry Picks For The Holidays

Here are my top 4 jewelry picks for holiday gifts - for love and romance.

-Lockets
-Cameos
-Hearts
-Roses


Each of these four categories are very sentimental and perfect for letting someone know that you really care about them. There is a timeless appeal in lockets, cameos, hearts and roses that no matter the design, convey feelings of specialness and love.

Whether you would like your locket, cameo, heart or rose as a necklace, earrings or bracelet there are many beautiful designs to pick from all over the internet. Lockets, cameos, hearts and roses are some of my favorites to work with. Here are a few that would make special gifts for someone you love.


Gothic Victorian Red Rose Cameo Necklace

Victorian Flower Cameo Ribbon Choker, Antique Silvertone Necklace

Vintage Style Brass Round Locket Lavender Rose Necklace

Victorian Heart Key Multi Strand Choker Necklace

Heart Links Red Glass Rock Girl Necklace Choker

Heart and Pink Roses Love Necklace, Vintage Style Necklace

Vintage Love Heart Locket Necklace Antique Gold


Victorian White Rose and Pearls Necklace Choker, Antique Gold

Victorian Heart Locket Charm Bracelet

Filigree Love Heart Bracelet

Victorian Cameo Dangle Earrings, Romantic Vintage Style

Pink Hearts Dangle Earrings, Pink Cats Eye, Romantic Charm

I Love You Copper Heart Pearl Earrings, Vintage Look


Red Garnet Dangle Hearts Earrings

Romantic Gothic Heart Filigree Dangle Earrings Red Teardrops

Je Taime Antique Brass Love Dangle Earrings, Vintage Look


Romantic Rose Charm Red Crystal Pearl Dangle Earrings

Verdigris Patina Rose With Pearls Dangle Earrings, Victorian Style

To see more Jewelry by Vamp please visit Vamp on Artfire, Mystic Rock Boutique & Vamps Jewelry Boutique

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Analyze Your Website Traffic

Website statistics not the most fun thing to check on but necessary to know what it is you need to do to improve end results. Found this article that I wanted to share.


Analyze Your Website Traffic

Analyzing and inspecting your website traffic statistics can be a very helpful tool for a variety of reasons. However, before you take advantage of this particular tool, you must understand how you can interpret the information.

The majority of web hosting companies provides you with basic website traffic information that you simply then need to interpret and make pertinent usage of. Nevertheless, the information you obtain from your host company may be too much to handle unless you learn how to put it to use for your particular business and website.

Let us begin by examining the most basic information - the average website visitors on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

These figures would be the most precise measure of the activity of your website. At first glance, it appears that the more traffic you see that is registered, the better you are able to presume your website is performing, however it is deemed an inaccurate perception.

In addition, you need to consider the behaviour of your website visitors once they come to your website in order to accurately measure the effectiveness of your site.

Generally there is usually a great false impression about what is popularly known as "hits" and what is genuinely effective, quality traffic to your website. Hits only denotes the amount of information requests received by the server.


If you believe about the fact that the hit can merely equate to the amount of graphics per web page, you will definitely get a solid idea of exactly how overblown the idea of hits can be. For instance, if your homepage has fifteen graphics on it, the server records this as fifteen hits, when in actuality we are referring to just one visitor looking at a single page on your website. As you can tell, hits are certainly not beneficial in analyzing your website traffic.

The more visitors that come to your website, the more precise your interpretation can become. The greater the traffic is to your website, the more accurate your analysis is going to be regarding the overall trends in visitor behavior. The smaller the amount of visitors, the anomalous can more easily distort the analysis.

The goal is to use the website traffic statistics to find out exactly how effectively or how badly your site is working for your visitors.

A good way to know for sure is to discover the length of time on average your visitors spend on your site. In the event the time spent is pretty quick, it typically signifies an underlying problem.

Then the challenge will be to find out exactly what that problem is.

Maybe your keywords and phrases tend to be directing the wrong type of visitors to your website, or perhaps your graphics are perplexing or daunting, causing the visitors to leave quickly.

Make use of the knowledge of the amount of time visitors are spending on your website to figure out specific problems, and as soon as you resolve those problems, continue using the time spent as a gauge of how successful your resolve has been.

In addition, website traffic statistics can assist you in determining the effective and ineffective areas of your website. If you have a webpage that you consider is very important, yet visitors tend to leave it quickly, that web page requires attention.

You may, for instance, take into account in improve the link to this page by making the link much more visible and enticing, or you could enhance the appearance of the actual web page or the ease that your visitors can easily gain access to the necessary information on that web page.

In case, on the other hand, you observe that website visitors tend to be spending considerable time on pages that you feel are much less important, you might take into account moving some of your sales copy and marketing concentration to that particular web page.

As you have seen, these statistics will certainly uncover vital information about the effectiveness of individual web pages, and visitor behavior and motivation. This is vital information to just about any successful Internet marketing campaign.

Your website without doubt has exit web pages, for instance a final order or contact page. This is the page from which you could expect your visitor to leave quickly. However, don't assume that all visitors to your website will find precisely what he or she is searching for, therefore statistics may show you a variety of exit pages. In the event that a substantial percentage of visitors are leaving your website on a page not created for that purpose, you have to look closely at that specific web page in order to discover exactly what the problem is.

As soon as you figure out probable weak points on that web page, minimal modifications in content or graphic may have a tremendous effect on keeping visitors moving through your website as opposed to leaving at the wrong web page.

Once you have analyzed your visitor statistics, you are ready to turn to your keywords and phrases. Observe if there are specific keywords that leads a specific type of visitor to your site. The more targeted the visitor - which means that they come across what they are trying to find on your site, and even better, fill out your contact form or buy something - the more beneficial that keyword is.

Nevertheless, if you discover numerous visitors are now being directed - or should i point our misdirected - to your website by a specific keyword or phrase, that keyword calls for adjustment. Keywords and phrases are essential in delivering high quality visitors to your website who will be ready to do business with you. Close analysis of the keywords and phrases that your visitors are utilizing to locate your site will give you an important understanding of the needs and motivations of your visitors.

Last but not least, if you see that users are discovering your website by simply typing in your company name, break open the champagne! It indicates you have attained a significant level of brand reputation, and it is a positive indication of burgeoning accomplishment.

About the Author: Scott McDonald - Not getting enough traffic? Let me give you my 7 best Traffic Generation strategies for free. All simple, honest and proven to flood your website with targeted traffic.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Necklace Length Guide



Necklace Length Guide

Here is a guide to finding the right size necklace to wear. Consider your outfit and neckline of the outfit to pick out the right style necklace to wear.

There are six traditional lengths of necklaces.

The shortest being the Collar Length which are any where from 12 to 13 inches long and fit snugly around the neck.

Choker length necklaces are 14 to 16 inches long and fall right at the lower neck area.

The Princess length is 17 to 19 inches long and is a very popular length for pendants.

The Matinee length is 20 to 24 inches long and falls around the bust area.

The Opera length is 28-34 inches long. It's versatile because you can double it up and will look like a two strand necklace.

The Rope length necklace is over 45 inches long, very long and can be worn multi ways & can also be worn as a multi wrapped bracelet.

Gothic Victorian Rock Necklaces by Vamp

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gothic Victorian Rock Jewelry by Vamp Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets

Gothic Victorian Rock Jewelry by Vamp Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets



Latest video creation for my handcrafted Gothic Victorian Rock Jewelry by Vamp - in chokers, necklaces, bracelets and dangle earrings. Visit my websites and Artfire studio to browse and shop!

Mystic Rock Boutique
Vamps Jewelry Boutique
Vamp on Artfire

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fashion Trend 2012


Enameled Asian Red Disc Dangle Earrings by Vamp (Click link to buy)

Fashion Trend 2012

No it's not to early to look ahead to what's on the horizon for fashion trends. This Fall seventies fashion still remains high on the list with wide leg pants, flares, bohemian inspired looks. Also biker and punk styles will be in.

Looking ahead to 2012

Hit the vintage stores & charity shops and start looking for fashion trend pieces before the trend hits the streets.

Trends and things to be on the look out for:

Oriental stuff: exotic silks, vintage kimonos, oriental inspired floral prints.

Roaring 20s/Flapper: Drop waist dresses & tops, anything with beading & fringe, wide leg pants, fur trims, masculine inspired suiting, sporty tunics. Think The Great Gatsby, Clara Bow, Coco Chanel, Jazz, flapper headbands, short bobs for hair styles.

Mod/60s: Mini dresses, skirts, dresses, sheath dresses in an a-line and babydoll style, lace dresses, peter pan collars, fur chubbys.

Lastly classic fashions that never go out of style are:

Diamond Stud Earrings
The Fabulous Pump Shoe
Cashmere Shawl
Cardigan Sweater
Boot Cut Jeans
The Little Black Dress
Sheath Dress
Turtleneck
Tote Bag
Trench Coat


If you see any bargains on these grab them quick!


Hot jewelry styles now - Steampunk, Vintage, Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco.

Flora & Fauna - flowers, roses, insects like dragonflies, butterflies, bees, lady bugs.

Oceanic & Nautical theme jewelry - octopus, starfish, seashells, fish.

Animals - felines, animal print other trends geometric, circles, bold pieces, colorful beads, mixed metals, copper, bronze, brass, silver/steel.

To see all of my jewelry designs please visit my studio at Artfire Vamps Jewelry or visit my websites: Vamps Jewelry Boutique or Mystic Rock Boutique

Monday, July 25, 2011

Witch's Ladder Prayer Rosary

Witch's ladder

The first recorded Witch’s Ladder was found in a house in Wellington, Somerset, UK in 1887. This tool was used for ritual or craft work.

Traditionally, the witch's ladder is made with red, white and black yarn, and then nine different colored feathers woven in. But you can use yarn colors that have a significance to you or any kind of ribbon or cording you'd like. You don't have to use feathers, you can use instead beads, buttons, bits of wood, shells, or other items you might have.

To make your basic witch's ladder - cut 3 pieces of yarn, each approximately a yard long. Take all 3 pieces of yarn and tie a knot so they are all together and begin braiding your yarn and as you go add and tie your bead, feather, shell or other item. Secure each bead and continue braiding until you have done all nine beads/items and have completed the string.

As you tie the beads to the yarn/cord you might want to chant the following incantation as you tie your nine objects to the yarn. Focus your intent & goal into the knots, beads and yarn as you tie the knots, your energy will be stored into each of the knots and beads.

By knot of one, the spell's begun.
By knot of two, the magic comes true.
By knot of three, so it shall be.
By knot of four, this power is stored.
By knot of five, my will shall drive.
By knot of six, the spell I fix.
By knot of seven, the future I leaven.
By knot of eight, my will be fate.
By knot of nine, what is done is mine.

When you get to the end of your Witch's ladder tie all 3 yarns again like you did in the beginning or you can tie the two ends together to create a circle if you wish. That's it your Witch ladder is ready to be hung and used in your workings.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Turquoise By So Many Names

Turquoise By So Many Names

Do you ever wonder what the difference is between genuine Turquoise, Chalk Turquoise, Stabilized Turquoise, Turquoise Magnesite, Turquoise Dyed Howlite? It's really hard to tell with the naked eye these days. All I know is I love the color and it's my birthstone (December). So did a little reading on it. Here's a bit of info to get you in the know.


Turquoise
Turquoise is a blue-green mineral, a copper aluminum phosphate, valued for its rarity and unique hue, and widely used as an ornamental stone.
This stone is fragile, just slightly stronger than window glass, so special care must be taken during extraction and transport.

The bluer the stone is, the more expensive. Variations in color are due to the presence of metals, such as iron impurities in the case of green turquoise. Genuine turquoise is expensive there fore imitation and artificial turquoise is available

Chalk Turquoise
Chalk turquoise is a form of natural turquoise that has a white chalk-like consistency. It has the same chemical composition as turquoise, only without the copper (it's the copper that causes the turquoise color). The chalk is then dyed and stabilized to produce a material that's hard enough to use in jewelry with a pleasing turquoise color.
Chalk turquoise is a low-quality variety, found deeper in the soil. As a result, it is much softer and more brittle. On the Mohs hardness scale, chalk turquoise ranges between 2-4, lower than the 6 of higher grades. It lacks the blue shade that defines the mineral. Instead, chalk turquoise is pale blue or white. It may or may not have significant matrixing, the brown or black flecks often associated with Native jewelry of the southwest. "Simulated" turquoise is often touted as being chalk turquoise, when in fact it is just dyed Magnesite or another white stone that absorbs dye easily.

Stabilized Turquoise
Stabilized turquoise costs less than natural turquoise, but is still considered beautiful and desirable. Stabilized turquoise differs greatly from reconsituted turquoise. Reconstituted turquoise is the cheapest type of turquoise.

Stabilized turquoise is created by adding a clear resin to chalk, or soft, turquoise to help enhance the color and well as increase the hardness of the stone. Chalk, or soft, turquoise is usually a lower grade of turquoise as it is too soft to be used on its own for jewelry and must be stabilized with resin. Since turquoise is a very porous substance, the resin fills in the tiny holes and crevices to form a firm stabilized turquoise stone.


Imitations Magnesite Dyed Howlite
The most common imitation of turquoise encountered today is dyed howlite and magnesite, both white in their natural states, and the former also having natural (and convincing) black veining similar to that of turquoise. Dyed chalcedony, jasper, and marble is less common, and much less convincing. Other natural materials occasionally confused with or used in lieu of turquoise include: variscite and faustite;[10] chrysocolla (especially when impregnating quartz); lazulite; smithsonite; hemimorphite; wardite; and a fossil bone or tooth called odontolite or "bone turquoise", coloured blue naturally by the mineral vivianite. While rarely encountered today, odontolite was once mined in large quantities—specifically for its use as a substitute for turquoise—in southern France.


Source:
Wiki.com
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-stabilized-turquoise.htm

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Google forbidden words for listing on Artfire

If you list items for sale on ArtFire you might want to have this handy list of words that Google does not like in your listings and will possibly not index your listing. Some of these words you really wonder the WHY (like in the Misc category) Google does not like them.

Google forbidden words for listing on Artfire

PROMOTIONAL WORDS:

- free (including hyphenated words such as pet-free, smoke-free, hands-free, etc-free)
- sale
- vacation
- travel
- travels

ANYTHING ALCOHOL & TOBACCO RELATED WORDS

- smoke, smoked
- champagne
- whiskey
- beer
- cigar
- cigarette
- rum
- rummo
- vine (supposedly because vine = wine in another language)
- vineyard
- camel (for it being a cig brand)
- brandy
- gin
- bordeaux
- burgundy


ADULT & EXPLICIT/NAUGHTY WORDS:

- anime ( however "manga" is allowed)
- strip
- stripper
- adult; including hyphenated words such as adult-size
- butt
- sexy
- affair
- ale
- chick
- sensual
- hemp

MISCELLANEOUS WORDS:

- postage (or postage stamp)
- collecting (collectible and collect are okay)
- thorny
- precious metal
- muse
- corsage
- gun

Source: Artfire Forum

Tip for Sunburns

Tip for Sunburns

Now that summer is in full swing no doubt you might get a bit sunburned during your time outdoors. Here is a tip you can use.

Sunburn relief - one-quart jar with equal parts milk and ice and two tablespoons of salt. Soak a washcloth in this mix and then place on any sunburned body parts. Leave it on for at least twenty minutes and then reapply as needed.

I like to have on hand Aloe Vera for cooling sunburns as well.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sterling Silver Chrysocolla and Red Jade Dangle Earrings



Sterling Silver Chrysocolla and Red Jade Dangle Earrings

To purchase these sterling silver dangle earrings click on this link: Sterling Silver Chrysocolla & Red Jade Dangle Earrings
Chrysocolla, pronounced 'krI-s-o-'kOla

The gemstone which provides unique color, blue-green, in the mineral world & is often confused with turquoise because of it's visual qualities.

In ancient Egypt, it was called the 'wise stone' as those who wore it generally came up with clever comprises when it seems and unbearable pass in negotiations.

Cleopatra carried a chrysocolla where ever she went. This gemstone is rarely minded today, which is what creates its high price tag.

Metaphysical Properties:

Chrysocolla is a stone of peace and tranquility. Chrysocolla is said to use its abilities gradually, allowing your body and mind to heal in a serene piece of mind.
In some Native American cultures, this earth-like stone was used to strengthen the body’s immune system and calm a person when he or she was upset.

Other Properties of Chrysocolla include:

Promotes level headedness and clear thinking
Often used by public speakers to decrease nervousness
Placing Chrysocolla directly on the affected body part is said to help with infections, fever, and cramps
Chrysocolla can lower blood pressure detoxify the liver
Helps with ulcers and arthritis
Chrysocolla is used to enhance intuition and draw unconditional love. Keeping a peace in a romantic location is said to attract your perfect mate. Some people recommend copper to increase Chrysocolla’s abilities.


Source:
http://www.shimmerlings.com/gemstones/chrysocolla.htm
http://www.mineralszone.com/gemstones/chrysocolla.html
http://www.beadage.net/glossary/index.php?term=chrysocolla

Sterling Silver Earrings


Sterling Silver Amazonite & Aventurine Hoop Earrings Click on link to buy

Sterling Silver Earrings

I've started designing sterling silver gemstone earrings & will be putting them up for sale in their own category at my ArtFire Studio to make them easier to find. In that category I will also have any of my earrings that I have used sterling silver ear wires on them, so not all of them will also have gemstones.

I decided to add this category because some women prefer their earrings to be in sterling.

I will still have earrings in copper, antique brass, gunmetal & silver tone available with charms and glass beads for the ladies that are able to wear any metal in their ears. You can find those fashion earrings here . I'm lucky that I can wear all metal and not get a reaction to the metal.

For all my handcrafted jewelry with mystique please visit Vamp on Artfire

Friday, July 1, 2011

Christmas in July on Artfire

ArtFire - Buy Handmade - Sell Handmade

Christmas in July Sale on Artfire

Christmas in July SALE! All Jewelry is now 10% OFF! No Coupon needed - Shop now for awesome handcrafted Jewelry by Vamp to get great deals on handmade jewelry with attitude. Shop for earrings, bracelets & necklace all at 10% off! Go shopping---> Vamp's Jewelry Studio

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Art Shows How Much Inventory Needed

I got this from Firemountain Gems & Beads site. Useful advice when planning to do an Art Show or Craft Fair.

Art Shows How Much Inventory Needed

Q.
I am interested in selling jewelry at craft fairs and shows. I will need to have a pretty large inventory of necklaces, bracelets and earrings. What do you recommend as a good amount of inventory for a fair or show? Thank you!
- Vickie
A.
I wish I had a crystal ball. It's a common question, though, and a good one. There's no real way to predict what you'll need at any given event. And what seems like a ''large'' inventory to one jewelry maker may be small to another.

A little homework will help you decide how much to bring. First, contact the show or fair promoter in advance and ask for attendance figures from the last time the show took place. Also, ask for a flyer or vendor list from the last time it was held and contact three vendors to see what kind of volume they experienced.

If possible, visit and ''shop'' a show before renting booth space. You can walk the aisles and see how much jewelry vendors have on their tables and ask them if they mind telling you how much they brought with them for the event.

Bringing too much jewelry isn't as much of a problem as selling out is. I often advise that jewelry makers bring photos of each piece (this is good for insurance reasons, as well, in case of theft). If you sell out of a style, you can show the photos of those pieces and take orders to be delivered later.

Another tip is to bring extra material and tools with you so you can make up pieces on the spot! Making the jewelry right there can attract people to your booth (people love watching something being made).

- Dr. David Weiman
Dr. David Weiman, "the Jewelry Marketing Doctor," is a psychologist and internationally-known expert on marketing and selling handmade jewelry. He is also a jewelry selling expert for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Ask the Experts online Q and A series. You can sign up for his free "Jewelry Seller" e-newsletter at www.marketingjewelry.com.

Resources authored by Dr. Weiman

Number of Beads per 16 inch strand

Number of Beads per 16 inch strand

When planning a jewelry design it's always nice to know how many beads to use on your piece, so this little guide line chart will help in letting you know how many bead strands to buy for your creations.

**Please note that the number of beads listed below is an estimate only. Number of beads may vary.


Size Number of Beads

Rounds

2mm 203

3mm 136

4mm 100

6mm 67

8mm 50

10mm 41

12mm 34

To see the rest of the chart for different shape beads go here

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz) Betty Crocker® Original Supreme Premium brownie mix

Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on brownie mix box

12 scoops ice cream, any flavor (3 cups)

Candy jimmies, if desired

Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Place paper baking cup in each of 12 regular-size muffin cups, or spray muffin cups with baking spray with flour.
2. In medium bowl, mix brownie mix, water, oil and egg until well blended. Spoon into muffin cups.
3. Bake 26 to 28 minutes or until toothpick inserted near edges comes out almost clean. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
4. Remove paper baking cups. Cut brownies in half horizontally. Place 1 scoop (about 1/4 cup) ice cream between brownie halves. Sprinkle sides with jimmies. Freeze until ready to serve.

Makes 12 sandwiches

BettyCrocker.Com

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Victorian Style Mourning Bracelet




Victorian Style Mourning Bracelet

In the Victorian era people carried jet when grieving for a loved one. They believed this black stone soaked up sadness and restored emotional balance. This type of amulet is still useful, especially if blessed with a prayer, incantation, or supplication to your personal God/dess.

The amulet should be carried until grief has lifted. Keep the stone with other mementoes for those times when sadness returns, such as the anniversary of a death.

I have designed a victorian style mourning bracelet made with memory wire that I thought would be appropriate for this purpose or for just the look of a gothic victorian style piece. It's available for purchase at my Artfire Studio


Jewelry by Vamp - Romantic gothic victorian vintage & modern style rock jewelry - earrings, necklaces & bracelets

Vamp~

Friday, June 10, 2011

How to Make a "Scrabble" Tile Pendant

How to Make a "Scrabble" Tile Pendant

Tile pendants are all the rage right now! They're so much fun to wear, like wearing a mini piece of art. What makes them hot/ popular is that almost any image or even family & pet images can be used.

Here is a really good video on how to make a 'Scrabble' Tile Pendant from Beadaholique.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Gothic Victorian Vintage Style Rock Jewelry By Vamp Video

Gothic Victorian Vintage Style Rock Jewelry By Vamp

New jewelry video I made for some of the new pieces that are not yet available on artfire or my website. Got lots of work ahead :)


Handcrafted Jewelry with Mystique - A blend of romantic gothic victorian steampunk vintage & modern style rock jewelry.

Jewelry Style Timeline Styles & Periods

Jewelry Style Timeline Styles & Periods

Here is a nice article on the timeline of different styles periods of jewelry - from Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco & Retro.


VICTORIAN 1830's to 1900's

Nature was a source of inspiration for Victorians in the form of flowers, lovebirds, animals, and insects. Good luck symbols are found in clovers, horseshoes, and other symbols like hands, snakes, love knots, and crosses. Motifs include stars, crescents, slides, tassels on pins, fleur d'lis, stick pins, bracelets, lockets, and pocket watches Cameos.


ART NOUVEAU (1895-1915)

Nature motifs, including flowers just budding or in decay, which symbolized the energy and dynamic forces of nature. This nature motif also included animals, snakes, and birds, such as peacocks. Gone were the static Greek and Roman images found in Victorian cameos. They were replaced by women with flowing hair, sensual and passionate.


EDWARDIAN (1890-1920)

Edwardian motifs included garlands, bows, tassels, bar pins, tiaras, lavalieres, sautoirs, and multiple strands of seed pearls in choker length called dog collars. Many of the bar pins have a two-tone look - with a white metal top and yellow gold bottom.

ART DECO (1920-1935)

Unlike the Edwardians, this period's artists were seeking chromatic contrasts; thus, materials included diamonds matched with primary color gemstones like sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. Marcasite, glass beads, and even plastics appear in this period. Egyptian jewelry appeared & geometric designs.


RETRO (1935-1955)

Motifs include bows, ribbons, flowers, birds, patriotic themes, clips, large floral sprays, and suites of jewelry. Jewelry of this period was a combination of Art Nouveau's curves with the simple look of Art Deco but in a bigger scale.

Friday, June 3, 2011

How to make wrapped leather bracelets

How to make wrapped leather bracelets


Have you ever wondered how these cool wrapped leather bracelets are made? Here is a tutorial on how to make one! Click on the link below to see the how to guide.


How to make wrapped leather bracelets

Also a video to help you see the process in action.



Photo and tutorial provided by rings-things.com. Video provided by youtube AuntieBeads.com.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Vintage Victorian Steampunk Charm Necklaces by Vamp

Just a collection I did to feature some of my necklaces in the vintage, victorian, steampunk realm. All available at my Artfire studio to purchase.

Vintage Victorian Steampunk Charm Necklaces - Jewelry by VampCurated by vamp | Collection Published on 06-01-2011

"Handcrafted jewelry by Vamp - Necklaces inspired by romance, vintage, victorian & steampunk styles - For ladies that like a bit of classic charm: like cameos, hearts, flowers, angel wings, keys, & birds."

Curated Collections by Other Artisans

These are a couple of curated collections done by other artisans which have featured some of my jewelry. Please do visit the artisans studios.

For Those About To Rock

Curated by Drunkenmimes | Collection Published on 06-01-2011

"Hot handmade goodies for you favorite rock star or music lover"

My Rock Girl chain dangle earrings are featured in this very cool rocker collection :)





Thinking Pink

Curated by PatchworkMountain | Collection Published on 06-01-2011

"Some beautiful finds in pink"

My pink hearts cat's eye dangle earrings are featured in this collection.

Curated Collections on Artfire by Vamp

Some of my latest curated collections on Artfire featuring many talented artisans. Take a look.

Wild Lime & Turquoise

Curated by vamp | Collection Published on 06-02-2011

"Wild Lime & Turquoise - another great color combination that spells summer time - Refreshing lime and beautiful turquoise pair off to make for an exciting duo in jewelry and accessories."





Charming Lily of The Valley

Curated by vamp | Collection Published on 06-01-2011

"Refreshing Lily of The Valley - the little white flower with so much charm...here in this collection an array of beautiful gifts that anyone would treasure - in jewelry, decorative accessories and body products."




Summer Sunset Turquoise & Orange

Curated by vamp | Collection Published on 06-01-2011

"Summer sunset skies of turquoise, coral and orange captured for you in these beautiful jewelry creations...that scream summer time!"




Rich Creams & Browns

Curated by vamp | Collection Published on 06-01-2011

"Rich creams, browns, taupes, and tans delight the senses in this earthy mix of jewelry & accessories."





Beautiful Sea Greens

Curated by vamp | Collection Published on 06-01-2011

"Beautiful sea greens from light to dark shades like the ocean itself in jewelry & accessories."