Recently, I have been enjoying a new jewelry technique for me, knotted jewelry. I thought it would be a nice change from wire working the beads together to knotting them with either silk or nylon cord. I must say I was hesitant about the piece standing up against the day to day wear and tear, because, well, it’s thread, not metal. But so far I have been pleasantly surprised, and I am glad, because I really do adore the knotted cord with gemstones. I did add some metal to the piece, I couldn’t help myself. I created a handmade spiral clasp as the closure and added metal chain as an extension with wire wrapped rubies. I love the way it came out and will probably be working a lot more with cording of all kinds of materials. PS. I also added a handmade leaf charm..
I’ve also been having fun with my nails. Yes, I did say my nails. A friend introduced me to Jamberry Nails. I hadn’t done my nails in years because I work with my hands a lot, and why polish them or pay to have a manicure when they are just going to chip a few days later. Though, my friend informed me that these were nylon nail wraps, applied with heat, and will last up to two weeks without chipping. She also knew that this product would match my values being vegan, non-toxic, latex free, cruelty free, and made in the USA. I tried them and fell in love. I forgot how nice it felt to have manicured nails. Now when I teach or go out to dinner with my husband or friend, my nails look awesome/cool. If you’d like, check them out. There are also designs for young children too. Here a few of my recent Jamicures….
and one more. I love animal prints….
Jeanette Blix Ryan is a jewelry designer and instructor who teaches wire and metalworking workshops in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. She also published the Glass Art Calendar, the first glass calendar published featuring lampwork beads among the leading glass artists in the field today. Recently, she has become a Jamberry Nail Consultant, because in addition to creating and wearing her jewelry designs, she also loves having pretty and artistic nails!