Friday, September 28, 2012

Designing Jewelry with Sequins -- The Sequintastic Blog Hop



I had the pleasure of meeting Miss Sarah Sequins at the Bead and Button Show this year.  Absolute doll, completely and totally.


Working with sequins is a daunting task for a) a person with poor eyesight, b) a person with fiddly fingers, and c) a person with cats.  I mention the cats because if I drop a danged sequin, that flipping cat is going to be wearing it.


Therefore, I am very simple when it comes to sequins.  So far, I've kept my work to the realm of earrings:


These were a little tough, because I wasn't thinking clearly about what would keep the sequins ON the integrated ear wires.  So I twirled the wire a little.  Better, but if you toss these in your jewelry box, sequins are still going to dance up those wires like they were on a Flapper's dress.  So I dabbed a tinytinytiny bit of glue into the hole of the top sequin.  This can be troublesome, because SuperGlue can eat up a vintage sequin if you're not careful.  So practice a bit with these.



These turned out better.  I used two different sizes of vintage sequins (I like the matte color) and stacked them with teeeeeeeeeny tiny silver beads (2mm?  The cat is probably wearing a few of those, too, where I dropped them).  You have to be careful how hard you "crank" your wire wrap, though, because you can really wonkify the sequins into some wild shapes.


My next bout with sequins will likely be spacers in bracelets.  I have a few ideas involving thread or linen, but I'm still in the thought process stages of that.


I hope you enjoyed, and please take a look at the rest of the blog hop!


Participants!!!!


Dita... http://alankarshilpa.blogspot.com

Ambra... http://chicandfrog.wordpress.com

Audrey... http://hotpinkquilts.blogspot.com

Stacy... http://iridalsattic.blogspot.co.uk

Karen W...  http://baublicious.blogspot.com

Lisa... http://lisabinkley.typepad.com

Carmi... http://resincrafts.blogspot.com

Dawn Marie...  http://designsbydawnmarie.blogspot.com

Jeannie... http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog

Shirlee... http://www.shirleestuff.blogspot.com

Linda... http://www.lilysofthevalleyjewelry.blogspot.com

Corrine... http://www.sparkledaysstudio.com

Gutukas... http://atradimutakeliais.blogspot.com

Shannon... http://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com

Mallory... http://rosebud101-fortheloveofbeads.blogspot.com

Cyndi... http://www.beading-arts.com

Maneki... http://wildrosesandblackberries.blogspot.com

Maryanne... http://zingalasworkshop.blogspot.com

Ine... http://jewelsbyine.blogspot.com

Karen... http://www.overthemoon-design.com

Kepi... http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com

Jennifer... http://jenniferstumpf.blogspot.com

Misty...  http://thejollyfatelf.blogspot.com

Dot... http://speediebeadie.blogspot.com

Hope... http://craftyhope.blogspot.com

Cynthia... http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com

Micheladas... http://www.micheladasmusings.blogspot.com

Shirley...  http://www.beadsandbread.blogspot.com

Karla... http://texaspepperjams.blogspot.com

Eleanor... http://eleanorpigman.blogspot.com

Therese... http://theresestreasures59.blogspot.com

Rita... http://www.toltecjewels.blogspot.com

Robyn... http://rcponders.wordpress.com

Stepha... http://skwds.blogspot.com

Sue... http://suebeads.blogspot.com

Cate... http://fulgorine.wordpress.com

Amy... http://Loraamyjames.com



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Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack.  Visit her shops by clicking here.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party®   and author of the book Bead Soup.

Join her at the Facebook group Bead Soup Cafe for bead chat, swaps, challenges, and lots of eye candy!

39 comments:

  1. Lori, I'm in love with those earrings! Especially the first pair. So, so pretty. <3

    To keep my sequins from moving up my earrings, I use a chasing hammer or ball end of a ball peen hammer to flatten part of the wire. I'm still working on refining my technique, but it definitely helps!

    Thanks so much for participating! *Hugs.*

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  2. What brilliant vintage sequin earrings! I love the look of sequins stacked this way in jewelry -- it looks awesome! You are such an artist, Lori. Rich, cool, pretty earrings. I completely love both pairs.

    namaste,
    rita

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  3. "Wonkify" ... That'll have me break into random bursts of giggles for the rest of the day.

    I seriously love how you used those sequins, to stack them like this would never have occurred to me. For me they must always be displayed with their glittery side front. Reminds me of those bracelets and necklaces completely made of bead caps I have seen around. =o

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  4. Yes cats, they really like to get into my beady business!
    Love the earrings! The swirly twirly wire on the first pair is really cool and the then of course we have your signature colors in the other pair. Sparkle on

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  5. Great fun pops of sequin colors to wear! What a great idea...xox

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  6. I love your earrings, Lori. The first pair is great with the twist at the top! Another way to keep the sequins in place is to wrap a small length of wire above them. You could even use colored wire to match or contrast with the sequins.

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  7. I love the pattern in the second pair of earrings. They are really joyful and lovely!

    I cannot wait to see how you will use sequins in bracelets.

    Ambra

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  8. Hi Lori,
    I totally love the first pair of earrings the color and the style awesome! The second pair are just as awesome as the first.
    Therese

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  9. how utterly inventive and wonderful! not at all what i was expecting to see by the post title...
    think of all the vintage sequins out there - and those special people who are salvaging them...

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  10. I love how they look when the sequin is stacked!

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  11. Ha! U got a great visual of your sequinned up cat! Anyway, your earrings are so fresh, and absolutely sublime. I love them.

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  12. Super cute earrings Lori. Love them both but especially the second pair.

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  13. Ha! I am picturing a very sparkly kitty wandering around the house ;O

    LOVE the stacked sequin look! I was just over at CraftyHope's blog and she did a wrap bracelet with stacked sequins ... your earrings and her bracelet were made for each other!

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  14. I love both pairs, especially the first! WOW!

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  15. Love the earrings!! The sequins look great stacked. I have sequins all over the house glittering in the rugs...

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  16. Forget about the cats - I found myself wearing sequins! I'd managed to spill a number of them onto my lap. I'd thought I'd picked them all up, but my husband found a few more when he got home - stuck to my jeans on my caboose!

    I love seeing all the different ways people are using sequins - I wouldn't have thought of stacking them. Really gives a different look. Very cool. :)

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  17. The first pair are my favorite - but in any case love the stacking of them. I recently used sequins in a brooch and wondered why I hadn't thought to use them before. Great hop to shout out their versatility! ; )

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  18. Very cute earrings! Round sequins look very neat stacked. I especially like the variegated colour of the blue earrings.

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  19. Oh my goodness these are just great, especially the greeny blue ones I love them! Never tried making jewellery with sequins.
    Jackie

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  20. You know you just make the coolest jewelry, right? I so wish I had thought of that! But I'm not really a wireworker, so probably wouldn't have worked for me. :) I really love the ones with the curly wire.

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  21. Lori these are fabulous!!! Great job.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  22. I love me some sequins! Have several matte (mint green, baby blue, wedding beige). And fuchsia shiny ones, too. Love these earrings! Very pretty!

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  23. As always, you've made some awesome pieces. Thanks for the tip about the glue. I had no idea! I love the way you stacked yours by color. I did some stacking too but went all willy-nilly with mine. You've definitely got me thinking about future designs. I can't wait to see what yours are!

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  24. I love sequins! I have several matte colors and some shiny, of course! One of the first pair of earrings I made was with fuchsia sequins. I am quite fond of the vintage kinds, scared of the vintage ones that can dissolve in water! I love these earrings you've created. Very pretty :-)

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  25. The earrings are precious, and I'm giggling at the mental image of the cats bedazzled with sequins!

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  26. Love the earrings!! Never would have thought of sequins as a jewelry element. Oh the possibilities!

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  27. I really love the turquoise earrings.. very beautiful.

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  28. Love the stacks!

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  29. I've never worked with sequins before so I don't think I'd know what to do with them myself. I think you did a beautiful job with both earrings!

    It's a learning experience for sure ^.^

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  30. I love the subtle colour changes in the first pair and the wire spiral makes a nice contrast.

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  31. I love the first pair!

    I don't have a kitty but my sequins managed to find their way all over my house anyway...they're even in the kitchen! I think the factory packages a little gremlin in each bag.

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  32. I never thought about stacking sequins like you and some other folks have done! So creative!!

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  33. Great earrings. The second pair has great texture with the different sizes & the silver for contrast.

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  34. both are fantastic...i love the stack look! these are really fun earrings :-)

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  35. Stacked.... Lori I never would have thought of that. Isn't that funny how creative brains have so many unique options? That's why I love this sort of a hop. Similar to your Bead Soup, there's infinite possibilities!

    Great designs, both pairs of earrings! I would totally wear the swirly girly turquoise ones! They have my name on them!! :)

    {Hugs & Pie!}
    Dawn

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  36. OOOh! I realy like the way you used those sequins!! nice!

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  37. I LOVE your sequin earrings! So pretty!

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  38. Great work.Good for you! I can't wait to see the new blog- I am sure I will love it as much as I love this one! : )

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  39. Im in love with your blog really impressive.Choice of colors are simply cool.

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