Friday, July 8, 2011

Jewelry Update

Now that I've figured out how to work with filigree properly, naturally I've got to take it to the next level, right? Well, I've stepped up and started layering the filigree to create some truly spectacular pendants (I say this without a single bit of ego ... it's the pieces I use that I love and what they become, not my skill). I mostly had silver pieces this round, and I'll try to have more brass and more bright autumn colors the next wave. You'll notice that I love the wheel buttons, dragons, and pansies this time around. I don't know when I'll get tired of them; I do love them so.

I also had some drama with new staging props, since the Etsy front page tends to favor a white background, and I'm a contrarian and prefer a rich, dark, textured background. Well, they can take my dark background (at least for non-gothic pieces), but I'll be damned if they take my texture, too.

I went shopping last week, looking for certain things that I can use, and wouldn't you know it, after 2-3 hours, I found nothing. So I came back home, sulked and regrouped, and then started looking around the house for new things to work with. I found a large off-white pillow sheet, a mirror, a white feathered hat, and a pewter plate. I'll still use my black velvet for the gothic pieces, but we'll see how this new staging translates in my store. I actually find it harder to manage light in the lighter background, so I'll have to play with it a bit.

Some of them are already up in my Etsy shop, and some are yet to come over the next week. Most of the ones below are the more ornate ones, but I've also got some simpler ones in the mix.

The Other Magdalene: Elegant and Eccentric Jewelry

Soul in Flight butterfly necklace

Rose Window Spirit of Fire necklace - Easily my favorite of this group of wheel buttons.

Pansy II necklace - I love the way it's only partially purple, with the white.

Pansy III necklace

Neovictorian Bride V necklace - Isn't she just beautiful?

Juliet necklace

Jasmine earrings - Named for the flower, not the princess.

Foliage necklace

Dragon Guardians necklace - One of my favorite fantasy pieces.

Cloud Dragon bracelet - I made a bracelet. This just doesn't happen often.

Winter Moon necklace

Blood on the Moon werewolf necklace

Monday, July 4, 2011

HP-themed Giveaway Winners

The winner of the Griffin Pride necklace is philstar.

The winner of the Draconian necklace is alex d..

If y'all will e-mail me your home addresses to theothermagdalene(at)yahoo(dot)com, I'll ship your necklaces to you as soon as possible.

Thanks, everyone, for playing!

Monday, June 27, 2011

HP-themed Giveaway

I know this is short notice, but maybe that'll make it more fun. I'm giving away two necklaces that were made completely independent of Harry Potter that nevertheless fit in with it very well.

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Draconian necklace
Griffin Pride necklace

The giveaway contest starts today, June 27, and ends Monday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m.

Here are the conditions of the contest - each thing you do gets you an extra ticket in the drawing:

1) Tell me your favorite HP character and why in the comments. Are you a huge fan? Do you ship anyone? Are you a Gryffindor or Slytherin (or Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw)? Will you be going to the last movie on the opening night? (One ticket)

2) Go to the Etsy links and heart which one you would want if you won (you do have to pick). Post in the comments that you've done so. (One ticket)

3) Post about this giveaway on Twitter and Facebook. Post in the comments that you've done so, with a link to your accounts if you can. (Maximum one ticket each)

4) Post about this giveaway on your blog. Post in the comments that you've done so, preferably with a link. (One ticket)

5) From now until the end of July 4, if you purchase an item or items of mine, you get one ticket per $10 (and I will round up, so a purchase of $36 dollars will count as 4 tickets). Post in the comments that you've done so.

Be sure to include your name and e-mail where I can contact you.
The people hearting the Griffin Pride necklace will be in a separate drawing from the Draconian necklace.

After midnight on July 5, I'll draw names and post the winners on this blog!

Have fun, and share with friends.

(If you have any trouble posting, you can send your info to my email at theothermagdalene(at)yahoo(dot)com.)